Anh, Meg, Josh and I met at Wollongong Central to gather some more shots.
Anh, Meg and I mounted the projector, testing the size of the projection. We also learnt from Glen that the projector we chose to use is perfect for full HD video, which will benefit us greatly in creating a cinematic feel.
Anh, Meg, Josh and I gathered the last of the shots and edited the three different parts together. It was difficult creating transitions between each part in a way that didn’t highlight the fact that they didn’t match.
After editing the video we hung the red wool used in our video, from the projector to the projection. We presented the string in a way that created multiple vertical splits over the projection. We created physical splits, just as we have done in a virtual sense with the editing of our video.
Our overall aims were to:
- Play and manipulate the way editing is used in contemporary cinema
- Reconfigure narrative in a non linear way to show that storytelling can be multifaceted
- Focus on the use of split screens and finding different ways to connect them
- Play with perspective and challenge how the audience connects ideas from scene to scene
Overall this assignment was difficult due to conflicting points of view. These conflicting ideas halted our process and colluded our main idea. Although we did try our best to stay true to our original ideas and experiments. If the group had been split in half, we could of possibly created a better quality work. While the project was difficult in many respects, it was interesting learning and experimenting with different approaches to filming video.
Anh, Meg and I met up at Innovation to discuss what our final concept would be. We decided to split it into three different ‘types’ of working with split screens:
- A continuous scroll across the screen where something would be passed from screen to screen. We chose red wool to be the object to be passed from person to person, screen to screen.
- Two shots side by side that mirrored each other.
- Two horizontal shots, one on top of the other, where the two screens would interact with each other just as the continuous scrolling shot.
Anh, Meg and I practised the continuous scrolling shot with the red wool being passed from screen to screen. We found that we had to have a buffer amount of time at the start and end of each shot, so that when it has been passed to the other person in the next screen, the shot previous could remain as it slowly pans across.
We all met up at North Wollongong beach to shoot some shots with the red wool and mirroring shots. We shot around dusk which was great for the mirroring shots to show contrast.
I felt this was a very productive week for our group in terms of experimenting. Firstly we edited our four different point of view shots that we collected over the week.
After showing this to Mat and Jo, questions that arose were:
- How does it work?
- What does it mean?
- How does it relate to (re)configuring space time?
- How can you make more of a narrative so all the screens tie together and just look like random footage cut together?
- What could link the frames together?
Jo’s main advice was to to play with aspect ratio and cinema scope. She said to make it more aesthetically pleasing if the storyline is going to be simple.
After this experiment and discussion, we brainstormed again. We decided to create something that was like a human puzzle.
We filmed each of us individually standing on the spot in two different locations. Our first edit was all for of us split horizontally to create one person but with one body part from each of us.
As we did this with limited time and no previous experience in how to film something like this, our pitfall was having each shot line up so it is as if it’s one succinct person. We each shouldn’t have moved in the shot.
Our second edit was using multiple parts from each shot to create three different people out of many. We also played with positioning of the projector, having Jo’s advice on cinema scope in mind.
From this point we still need to create a linking narrative for our final piece, think about what sounds we’re going to use and to figure out how to have all the shots line up succinctly.
This week we played around with editing. We used parts from two different movies and arranged them next to each other. For examples we tried to line up the Marvel credit opening from Thor and Captain America next to each other. Our main pitfall this week was that we did not have any content of our own to use.
At the end of the lesson Meg, Anh and I decided we needed to film anything we could out of class so that it could help us next week. We decided to each film a point of view shot and then we would edit them into split screens alongside each other the following week in class.
Kade and I brainstormed briefly but felt we couldn’t experiment further without the other group members because we did not have footage from previous weeks and our idea is not solid after last weeks brainstorm.
Out of class I did some research on artists who specialise in screen installations. One artist that stood out was Julian Rosefeldt. Many of Julian Rosefeldt’s works use multiscreen interaction.
The photo above is a still from Julian Rosefeldt’s The Opening. Our work from week 9 somewhat reflects this work.
The Opening is unable to played on word press due to privacy restrictions but if you click the link below you can watch it on Vimeo with no problems.
Below is a still from another of Julian Rosefeldt’s works, The Shift.
After advice from Mat we used this week to brainstorm to think of ideas for a narrative. Up until this point we haven’t chosen a actual content. We only seem to be adamant on our choice to present a multiscreen projection where the screens interact with one another, breaking the “fourth wall.”
From our brainstorming the main theme that arose was having two things that contrast each other, e.g. male/female, day/night etc.
We then thought showing two different people’s day from start to finish side by side could represent this contrast. One person who is extremely neat and organised shown next to someone who is very messy and unorganised.
The big problem we came across after discussion with Mat and Jo, is our ideas could be classed as very cliche and mundane. So our big hurdle is to present these ideas in an inventive way that does not bore the viewer.
This week Meg, Josh and I played with four split screens and how they could interact with each other. We filmed Josh walking in and out of the frame in two different locations so that when the videos were cropped and split into four different screens when edited, it looks as if Josh is walking in and out of the different settings.
We also used colour correction on the videos to create a contrast between the split screens. This week felt very successful in working as a group, pitching ideas and getting through the work smoothly with equal involvement.