Above is my final video explaining the five stages of sleep. In the video I integrated type and image by layering the JPEGs of my typography scans on top of my videos, I then set the images to a low opacity. This allowed the text to be seamlessly integrated with the imagery but it also gave the typography an ethereal feel similar to that of dreams. In parts of the film I also used the same technique but to layer two videos which would play at the same time, giving an unnatural and eerie feel. Towards the end of the video during the REM stage I set the type to appear and disappear very quickly at points, this was to represent rapid eye movements. I also made sharp cuts between video clips to represent rapid eye movements.
For the background music I used delta waves sleep music by Meditation Relax. This music is specially designed to help people sleep at night, specifically to enter a deep sleep therefore it seemed appropriate in context to my video.
Above is a video from my photo shoot based on the disco lights, I played with photographing the lights in and out of focus as well as using long exposure to capture their movement, or moving the camera itself whilst taking a long exposure photograph. The video above is the lights in motion whilst the camera is out of focus, creating animated flashing geometric shapes. This video ties in with my interest in colour and motion, documents my research into altering the focus in photographs, and is a very visually appealing piece.
From the above video I saw the potential to turn a section of the video into a gif. I had no previous experience making gifs therefore I also saw this as an opportunity to develop new skills which I can utilise in future projects. I used the website GIPHY to produce my gif, which can be viewed online here. This website makes it quick and easy to make gifs, in the future if I do choose to make more polished gifs within my work I would choose to create them in a piece of video editing software however to offer more tools and freedom over my gif.
Using some copyright free video and sound clips from the internet and Adobe Premier Pro we experimented with video editing during this workshop. Video editing had always been something that had interested me however finding time to make films had always been a problem, therefore experimenting with copyright free resources was a great way to expand my skill set without the pressure of creating resources and producing a polished final outcome. However we were given some tips to bear in mind in case we did want to produce a film in the future;
Save all components into one folder
Always back up, invest in an external hard drive
Be aware of how it will be be displayed e.g. projection, monitor, online
Components to control – tripod, light and sound
In Adobe Premier Pro we imported our assets (keeping in mind that the first asset we moved onto the timeline would determine what dimensions the whole project is set to). With these assets we played with unlinking the video and audio tracks, applying effects, adjusting audio, creating titles and exporting.
In the future I do not see myself producing films as they require a lot of time and effort and are not something I particularly want to specialise in but this workshop has allowed me to gain skills which may be useful in my future projects. As well as making videos Adobe Premier Pro could also be used to create animated graphic pieces, by putting still imagery and type into the software and then animating them I could create short dynamic pieces, this may be more applicable to my work as I can still produce motion work without the time and effort required to make film.