Reflection

In this subject I have developed and improved skills in using the editing software, Final Cut Pro. By using the program, we were able to collate film and photography and edit them in the way we wanted. I have also learnt different types of film techniques and the formal name for them as well as being able to use these techniques. Something I didn’t think I would learn in this subject was knot tying, which became helpful in our final video where we had to secure a number of strings to different spaces. When we had an idea of what we wanted to do, we came up with the question “What does it mean to suspend in space?”, we thought about different ways to suspend string and how to tie them. We all practiced half hitch knots across one arm of a chair to another, creating various string suspending in air across each other.

An interesting part of this project was location scouting where we went to areas such as rooftops and edges of carparks. Being able to do this while dangling, tying, unknotting string while by-passes perked their curiosity was amusing as they would stop and look at what we are doing. Being able to create something and on-lookers actually paying attention made it an interesting experience, to feel like you are creating for a purpose where people pay attention to an empty, unfilled gap was meaningful as we had the power to attract attention to something that had no significance.

Moving image production taught me that rather than picturing the final product of a video, we had to trust in the process and focus on it to create something meaningful yet abstract. Being able to work well in a group was due to constant communication and collaboration which played a large role on our team as a whole. We all had similar visions, met at suitable times and worked well together which I think is important as in the end we created something together. Although in the last week we had a problem to overcome where we had to decide whether or not we should remake our film to meet a higher standard. As a group we decided it was something we should do which made me think that we had to challenge and push ourselves as creatives to be able to achieve something we are more than satisfactory in.

Planning for project 2 (B) UPDATE

An update on research, images and planning for project 2 (B) including changes, surprises, challenges and explicit steps you will make to reach your completion of this task.

We have stuck with the film making style of a documentation where there will be video footage as well as a voice over explaining the process we went though, thoughts and onlookers reactions to our work. We filmed from different angles and perspectives to show various angles of the creating process and how we got to the final step. Changes we made include a variety of different shots, camera angles (e.g panning, aerial shot, long shot, slow-motion), a better microphone as the one we previously recorded on using a phone picked up too many background noises. We also added a weighted object to weigh down the string as it was getting tangled and blowing away with the wind as Madi tried to guide the string down to ground level. Surprises included the reaction from onlookers who slow down to take in what was happening during the hoisting of the string which were being pulled up and suspending into the air. People were looking up while walking and were curious to why a string was being suspended between two buildings.

After the viewing the draft video in class, we got feedback and this pushed us to re-iterate our current draft.

Feedback and what to do for our next step:

  • Write out our script to make it more formal
  • Include a conclusion to make a close as we are filming in a documentary style
  • More experimentations
  • Use film editing techniques – overlapping, montage, fast – slow – fast motion
  • Level of audio – lower volume
  • Background music/ one continuous song playing the whole time- environmental sounds

Re-iterate video and create a montaged documentary:

  • Script of voice over during documentary
  • Use research of artists and material research in our documentary.
  • Use different colour strings across buildings or lower to the ground out a house window to an object (tree etc) and collect a series of images in 5-10 locations. Get 50+ photographs and montage them together.

After we got feedback as written above – we were suggested to make a montage like La Jetée. We had a discussion and thought over if we could pull it off and after much thought we decided to meet up again to document a new process. In the end we decided to bring in different coloured strings to tie and make a suspension between low/medium level structures such as trees, poles, windows and staircase and take photographs to create a documented montage of it filling a void between two spaces.

Research question: What does it mean to suspend it space?

By suspending a string between two points which cuts through open space in a public area, we give that unfilled space a meaning and an artistic purpose.

Draft video:

A Sequence Exegesis: Oldboy

Oldboy, a South Korean mystery thriller directed by Park Chan-Wook is loosely adapted from the Japanese manga written by Garon Tsuchiya and illustrated by Nobuaki Minegishi.

The film embodies an emotional and psychological depth imbued with vengeance where the main character, Oh Dae-Su wakes up in a hotel styled prison. He has been trapped there for 15 years without knowing his captors motives nor identity. By watching television in the room, he learns that he is a prime suspect for his wife’s murder. When released, he seeks his captor to get revenge on his imprisonment.

In this particular scene, Lee Woo-Jin (Oh Dae-Su’s captor) recalls his sisters suicide. The editing technique used is cross cutting where it is divided by alternate jumps in time to establish continuity whilst creating one line of narrative. The flashback shows a moment in time where he struggles to hang on to his sister’s hand, who is hanging off a bridge.

 

The use of colour saturations and intentional grain contrast the bright colours between the two scenes represent the nature their life was and is in that period of time. Park finds the balance between method and story,  instilling purely emotional responses in his viewers through intense and compelling storylines.

It is framed from both perspectives, looking down at his sister where the background is a body of water surrounded by air, and a perspective from her where her brother is barricaded by the bridge wall leaning as much as he can to hold her up. By using the camera Lee Woo-Jin has around his neck, his sister grabs onto it, says her last few words and takes a photo of herself smiling. By viewing the scene through the viewfinder of the camera where she directly looks at the lens to take a photo, it frames a personal moment symbolising a moment in time captured forever.

The sounds of this scene include an melodic orchestra playing in a bitterly melancholic way to accompany the scene of heart breaking cries and a weak dialogue.

Although the scenes of the past show blue skies and white clouds on a sunny day, the mood makes the audience feel empathetic. When he let goes, the camera shows his arm where again it shows cross cutting. His hand turns into the shape of a gun where he motions to pull a trigger. It suddenly goes back into a gloomy dark present where an elevator door opens as a gun shot is heard, the sound of the orchestra is null and there is silence. All you can hear now is the metal banging from where he hit his head and a fall to the ground. The camera then slowly creeps out to show the body of the elevator, this camera technique makes the character grow smaller compared to the world around them, as if the camera is abandoning them, backing away and protecting ourselves from their pain. It then cuts to a slow push-in on a blood dripping sorrow face with a bullet hole to the head.

I think this excerpt is an important part of the film as it shows an intense emotional scene which changes the audiences view of a certain character that you had no remorse for initially. Park challenges explicit violence and creates symbolism in support of these narratives by using different film and sound techniques, such as the gun hand gesturing and the cutting of silence to emphasise a section of the scene. Instead of using depth, he uses modern aesthetics that foreground flat space, symmetric shot compositions and unmotivated camera movements (Sultan, 2014). By using these methods to tell a story, Park presents a poetic purpose not only through narrative but also by cinematography.

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Planning for project 2 (B)

A post including research images and planning for project 2 (B), make explicit which aspect you are in charge of, what your methods are, and how you will mesh these with the tasks and methods undertaken by your other group members.

As we preciously researched artists in project 2 (A), we were inspired by each artists individual use of space and how they filled it. Although the artists we researched suspended wire/string with a functional purpose such as to walk across or hang objects on an art installation, we wanted to suspend string across two structures as the purpose was to fill a space and give it an artistic meaning to simply just exist in an open environment.

e.g Philippe Petit

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Our plan is to create a documentary style of film making with our research question ‘What does it mean to suspend in space?’ and answering that will accompany a visual process and final outcome. The first thing we had to figured out was a way to connect the string from one side of the UTS Housing the the Novotel carpark. We thought it would be impossible to throw it as it was a long distance and too high above ground, the string would get tangled if we took it all the way up to the opposite building while it was tied to a pole on the UTS side. We then just decid to cut it at half way point and tie them both when they reach the ground and then pull from both sides so there’s no slack and it would be suspended in the air between the two buildings.

Roles:

Lynn will capture and document the process from ground level and on the bridge which connects to building 6.

Maddy will go to the highest accessible point in the UTS student housing which is level 8. She will go to the balcony and tie the string on the railing and then drop the remainder of the string over the edge of the railing which will fall to the ground level infront of housing.

Maddi would have the same job on tying the string to the railing and dropping it down but on Novotel level 7 carpark.

Once all of the remaining string is on ground level, I would move to the middle of the walk way and join the two ends to tie them together to create one connected string. When the string is ready to be pulled, Maddy will pull the excess string which will hoist up in the space between the buildings to create a tight suspension in the air and then tie it so it will not be loose.

After it has successfully suspended in air, we each film the outcome from our locations to show different perspectives. When we have all the footage in one folder, I will edit on Final cut pro as I have the most experience, however we will all be working together to edit the footage and create a documentary.

As it will be in a documentary style we decided to have a voice over rather than filming one of us explaining the process and including the footage of explanation into the video.

The void we are going to fill:

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References:

Risveglio di una Città by Luigi Russolo

Luigi Russolo is a Futuristic painter who was also regarded as one of the first noise-music experimental composers who wanted to open our ears to the noise of the modern age. He envisioned noise-music to be a future replacement of traditional melodic music and so he designed and constructed multiple noise generating devices.

He argues that traditional orchestral instruments and compositions are no longer capable of representing and capturing the spirit of modern day life, with it’s energy, speed and noise. He found enjoyment in the combination of noises of trams, backfiring motors, carriages and bawling crowds as opposed to traditional musical sounds.

Risveglio di una Citta is made up of arsenal of noises which evoke the sounds of urban sirens and factory whistles creating a new music of noise. Unlike the usual sounds of traditional melodic instruments heard in a piece of music, Russolo created orchestrations concocting of urban sounds, factory whistles, spinning wheels and engines which are based on the sounds of grinding, exploding, crackling and buzzing of mechanical instruments. These instruments were unfortunately destroyed during Paris bombing in WW1, although plans of construction survived.

What is important about his work is the discovery of new-music and being recognised for it. He wanted to able to differentiate sound and noise, to break out of the limited circle of sounds and explore the infinite variety of noise-sound. When Russolo had his first public performance, the audience found it absurd and even mocked him, but now it changes our perspective of listening.

Russolo has inspired many other experimentalists such as Pierre Schaeffer.

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Project 2 (A)

Our notes, research, further references and preparation summaries for Project 2 (A)

We all had the similar vision and agreement of suspending an object in open space to create a purpose in the certain area of space. We all researched examples of artists versus function and their meaning of suspension as well as how they did it.

What we propose to do: We want to suspend a string/rope or material to connect two places together formally separated or divided by an open and empty void/open space

What we need to work out/experiment with:
  • What string/material is most appropriate to complete the task?
  • Where do we get the material?
  • How much of the material do we need?
  • How tall are the buildings?
  • Could we drop string from roof top of car park to get the vertical length to the ground?
  • We could walk between buildings to get width of gap/lacuna
  • Can we get to the top of the car park to gain this measurement?
  • What style of film should we create- documentary?
  • What camera should we use to document the process?

 What are the tasks we need to complete before the due date?

  • Buy materials
  • TASKS- Experiments
  • Measuring distances
  • Possible locations
  • Testing materials
  • Dropping string from buildings and tying the knot between to join the gaps
  • Hardware or sailing shop for strong durable thin line string
  • Stress tests on materials (water durable strong enough? Possible different knots between – Sailing knots or carabinas to join the string ends.
  • Try in different spaces
  • Filming techniques
  • Document experiments with film and photography along the way
  • Document all experiments
  • Collect all film and data
  • Iterations
  • Final editing
  • Presentation due 

Budgets:

  • Documenting – Camera; borrow UTS or use our own camera equipment
  • Materials – how many balls of yarn will we need?
  • Rough cost between $7-20
  • Editing – edit ourselves using previously owned software

Task 2 Idea

The Gap Between A Relationship: The Red String of Fate

The Red String of Fate is an East Asian legend in which the gods tie an invisible red string around the ankle or pinky of two people who are destined to meet or help each other in a certain way. The two people connected to each other are supposed lovers and the string can tangle and stretch, but it will never break.

The moments between two people before they meet can be unexpected. Whether they have seen each other in photos before, sat on the same train, passed each other on the way to meeting someone else or lined up in the same queue.

Concept:

Tied together by an invisible thread, two predestined lovers cross paths without notice. One day they both pass the same building, walking the same way but are on opposite sides. As they pass the gaps between the buildings, one of them notice a red string being exposed on his pinky whenever there was a gap between the building. Walking while looking between the gap, they notice someone walking on the other side so they follow them and try to close the gap inbetween.

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