Our most recent assignment dealt with visual relationships and how to use advanced tools in final cut to achieve desired results. For critique this time around we each viewed all of one person’s videos and gave specific comments about what worked well and what wasn’t as strong.
The first piece was a triptych, which featured images of a young woman walking through a forest of trees with side lighting and ambient noise. I wanted to give this a sort of nostalgic/romantic feeling, but also like she’s does this everyday, it’s routine. I think that the imagery was well achieved, but myself and my critic agree that it would be nicer if there wasn’t as much camera shake especially on the beginning shots. The lighting works well because it was shot in early morning which allowed for maximum saturation of color.
The second piece was supposed to involve textual elements. I used the text as sort of a fade effect where it started as showing the video and ended up being words on video and then on black. My critic thought this was my weakest image because the audio was distracting and the image wasn’t as compelling. I think that if I were to shoot this again I would have a better idea about how to meld the text and the image because I think the way I moved the text is really cool, but needs to be further thought through.
The third piece involves layering and the manipulation of two images as they work together. I chose to create piece that used a soft wandering girl on teh bottom and replace the sky with a highly filtered image of car running by at night. The lights sort of looked like shooting stars and gave it an other worldly glow. My critic liked the juxtaposition of these two, but was unsure about the audio and how it corresponded to the piece. I think that if I were to go back and look at it I would take more time to make sure the audio didn’t sound like it wasn’t supposed to be there and more like it was purposeful. I also was a little displeased with how the top portion was filtered and I would like to spend more time on getting it the correct amount of blur that I wanted.
The fourth piece was color manipulation. I choose to work with one of my old clips of water being filled into a glass and play with the 3 way color corrector and key framing. This gave it a surreal quality, you couldn’t really tell what you were looking at anymore. I added this with the same audio it had before plus a few audio filters. I think that by keeping the original audio and only tweaking it I can away with a stronger piece because the audio matched up completely. My critic agreed on this point and also like how the colors moved from dark to light so that you couldn’t tell what it was a many points.
The last video was an obnoxious video using at least 5 or more filters. I used a shot of traffic lights at night going from red to green to yellow. I blurred them and added a few more filters to alter the image, then put on kaleidoscope which gave the pretty designs. I followed that with tile which divided it into parts and then to crystallize for the fragmented effect and strobe to make it flash. I reversed and layer the audio to give this annoying high pitch sound mixed with foreign jumble. I think the image that was created by these filters was effective because you couldn’t tell what it was, yet it was mesmerizing and annoying all at the same time. I think, as well as my critic, that the audio really enhanced the overall feel of the video because it brought your mind out of the trance that was created by the video.
Overall I really liked working on this project, I think that video is giving me the opportunity to really explore multidimensional works and express themes that are harder to achieve on paper.