For lab b, I choose in search of the lacuna. In this class I have learnt image research and production of film. Our class is in Redfern which is a creative space. Every Wednesday, we can see different project present in 107 projects. In the class, we have a lot of time to discover things and do experiment with group members in surround areas. The experiments include kinetic sculpture, spatial design, projection mapping, interaction, text, sound and human movement. Each practice provides a good opportunity for us building better teamwork.
After learning some editing techniques and design method. We start designing our own project. At the beginning of project b. We have an interesting exercise, everyone getting a pepper and pencil, using single words to make a story. In the end, everyone has different story. So for the film, we have a lot of ideas too. After the discussion, we all interesting and agree to work on suspended in space. When things to be connected by a string, the gap will be closed. We do a lot of relative research about artists and their artwork and design methods which give us a lot of inspirations.
The first experiment is in the class, we try the different material, and find the best way to tie a knot. After that, we find the location for our film. We suspend the strings on high rise building. And take the video for every movement. We keep a record of the working process because we put in huge manpower with an earnest heart to shoot this documentary. Although editing is new things for us, we accept it and sit down together and make it together. I think good teamwork is the most important things for a group work. In the group, I am good at photograph, so I take filming work. Everyone has her own strong and weak points. For me learn new things from each other which give us pleasant learning experience. One week before final film, we have some suggestions and feedbacks from class. We redo the whole film, because we want produce better result. My experience of this projects leads me to believe we cannot rest on the past achievements. Nothing is hard in this world if you dare to the height.
In the class we show the draft video, we have some feedbacks and suggestions. Although it is a good draft, there are lots of things we need to improve. The film style looks too informal. So we decided to redo it in more location and use different colour strings. Everyone takes the strings in different material and colour. Before the meeting, I used acrylic paint to provide the colour on the string. I think colour mixing could give more opportunity with colour. When the strings suspend in the space, the multicolour can impact a scene – creating interesting patterns, dimensions and textures.
We did experiments in different locations. In these experiments, we used colour strings. We want montage them together, so we took photographs of each string tie on the object and suspend in the space.
When we drawing materials for our film. We found this red crate is on the side. One of us ties the string on it. At the first time, we just want to suspend strings on the crate. But if a crate suspending by a string will be interesting. Also, there is a beautiful shadow on the floor was quite distinct.
Above all, is the new material for our film. After that, we edited film in programme. We used photographs playing out as a photomontage of varying rhythm. The idea is from La Jetée. And we also use the beat sound as background music.
This film is talking about a Joel and Clementine’s love story. Although they have different personalities, Joel and Clementine spent two years together. After a fight, both of them went to Lacuna, Inc. to erase their memories of their relationship. This 30 seconds sequence takes place in Joel’s mind. Upon seeing happier times of love with Clementine from earlier in their relationship, he struggles to preserve at least some memory of her and his love for her.
In this sequence, the colour is so dark which is full of unknown. During a particularly harsh memory, the set around Joel and Clementine literally starts crumbling away, slowly disappearing into a stark black background. The framing becomes slightly off, enough to make the audience feel uncomfortable but not enough to draw obvious attention to the technique. The whole picture getting dark. It gives the feeling of perspective and depth. Also, it gives in to despair. The background sound is dialogue and original theme music and also mixed some nature sound like birds sing. It helps the director create a mood. Creating a mood can introduce important elements of the plot.
There is a different point of views. It makes the film more aesthetically pleasing and keeps the audience focus on the movie.The camera techniques change depending on the characters’ plight. Moreover, We can see the wide shot, medium shots and close-ups. The sequence starts with a long shot to orient the audience, and continue with the medium shot to reveal the action. And with close-ups, actors emotion can be better shown. The camera movement adds interest and excitement to shots. The whole movie used montage to show how Joel’s mind against with his unconscious mind. There are many small intricacies in the film, surely picked up on more thoroughly on repeat viewings, and the entire construction of the movie is completely enthralling and intelligent.
Overall, with unique visual framing, I think this sequence as the best part in this movie. Because the colour expresses moods and emotions. Also, the actor goes through memories they had, happy ones, sad ones, which is the one more part that completes the success of the film. The visuals perfectly impact and accentuate important points in the plot, as well as creating some extremely heartfelt and poignant moments.
For the project 2B film. We decided to make a documentary film. Two of us will drop the string off building from each building and one people stand at downstairs tie the strings together and keep the safe when people walking through. Then one person on the top of building pulls the string back. To make the string tight in the sky. We will take a long shot to record the whole process from downstairs. And in the meantime the person who on the top of each building also can film the process from the variety of angles. And we plan to use a microphone to record voice to explain what we do.
Making the first documentary film is not easy for us. We are not the filmmaker, so we have to learn the basic technology of editing and film the real places and people which give the greater aesthetics to of every shot. I researched some tutorial of making a documentary. There are some important things of making a documentary film. For example, the first exposition creates the viewer’s first impression and introduces the content. We have to catch the viewer’s attention at the very beginning. Also, have a good storyboard can tell a good story. Before shot, we need a list of the footage and write a script. Furthermore, music is increasingly important in documentaries. Soundtracks can provide context and fix the emotional of the message being conveyed. Background music enhances the depiction of a story-advancing sequence.
A history student’s guide to documentary filmmaking techniques., international school history, Viewed on 22 May 2017,<http://www.internationalschoolhistory.net/documentary/guide.htm>
Making A Documentary Without Money, Youtube, Viewed on 22 May 2017, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYgT6vffWzs>
4’33’’ is a three-movement composition by American experimental composer John Cage, was one of the most famous and important pieces in the 20-century avant-garde. In 1952, David Tudor sat down in front of a piano for four minutes and thirty-three seconds and did nothing. The audience saw him sit at the piano and to make the beginning of the piece, close the keyboard lid. And later he opened it again to make the end of the first movement. He repeated this processes for second and third movements. 4’33’’ was a distillation of years of working with found sound, noise, and alternative instruments. Cage broke from the history of classical composition and proposed that the primary act of musical performance was not making music, but listening.
This performance was in a prestigious venue and social status of the composer and the performers heightens audience’s expectations of the piece. So the listener was more focused. Furthermore, the rules and regulation were limited audience’s behavior. They had to quietly sit and listen to the “music”. But in today this work could not be avant-garde, the unexpected and provocative freshness only in the premiere. We all known what was it. And people already get the meaning and purpose of this work. So it could not be a modern music. The core idea of this work was the form of a musical performance is listening, rather than made music.
This performance like the story The emperor’s new clothes:
- The weavers who made an invisible new suit — Cage wrote the non-existent music
- A grand ceremony — Classical music concert
- The people look forward to the emperor’s new clothes — audiences in concert
- The emperor parades without clothes — The musician performance nothing
- No one dares to say the fact — No one dares to say the fact
This work also influenced many other works：
John Cage’s 4’33”, Youtube, Viewed on 03 May 2017, <https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=JTEFKFiXSx4>
4’33” John Cage(Orchestra with Soloist, K2Orch, Live) / 4分33秒 ジョン・ケージ けつおけ！, Youtube, Viewed on 03 May 2017, <https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=JTEFKFiXSx4>