Saving Footage

I am new to both after effects and premiere pro and have found it interesting and challenging playing around with the software. Having looked back at my films and had feedback on them it became clear that some needed to be edited – either edited at a faster pace or made shorter. Unfortunately, when I went back to edit them I had obviously saved the filed wrong, I now realize you have to save all the components of the film in the same place. This was an irritating hickup that I can work around however it is a good lesson to learn.

https://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/pro-tip-exporting-a-finished-video-from-premiere-pro/

Narrative

I want to make sure that my next films I make a good narrative that goes through them. In order to do this, I asked multiple people questions on there fears and anxieties. Some of the main keys themes that came out where peoples worries about money, people dying and the future. A lot of the ideas where also quite funny and it would be interesting to see if I could add a level of humour into the films without it becoming crass.

As always the films are very personal and so I looked into my own anxieties. I even did a test which profiles your insecurity. The questions that they asked where incredibly interesting – below are some examples of them.

This sort of research is incredibly helpful when thinking about my films as it gives me an understanding of how other people might feel.

Although I believe the test that I did to be inaccurate it was still interesting to find out what the algorithms thought of me.

Below are the results and this websites definition of anxiety –

https://www.recoveryformula.com/quiz/f/full-report/fo52g60p45m56e55r60

Exposure Therapy

I have found the process of making these films to be quite therapeutic which is not something I expected when I first started this project. It led me to think whether doing them has been in a way a sort of exposure therapy. I have started looking into this concept more. If I put targeted issues into my films that I know are anxiety-inducing and then made people sit and watch them could this become a weird backwards way of exposure therapy. Obviously, this would have to be a long process done over a long period of time but it could be an interesting strand to look into.

Below are some articles that have helped in the research –

https://www.apa.org/ptsd-guideline/patients-and-families/exposure-therapy

https://www.psychologytools.com/articles/delivering-more-effective-exposure-therapy-in-cbt/

 

Displaying the films – Trevor Paglen @ Barbican

Whilst I have been waiting for the film to arrive I have explored how I can present the films, looking into artist ULF Pederson and The Light Surgeon. Both artists transform a space in a live set of visuals that become completely immersive. As my whole project is about emotion it is important that I take control of people’s emotions when they watch the films and that also means taking control o the space that they are in.

I have to think about the five senses and how I can use them to my advantage.

The Trevor Paglen exhibition was very inspiring in the sense of how to display my films. The whole show was very overpowering and in your face. To see so many different screens was very intense and in that way very effective. I think it would work well if I was to show my films on multiple different screens in one room. It would be very overpowering and I think very effective.

More Footage

It has been incredibly difficult to find more footage so it has become clear that I will need to buy some more. Irritatingly this will hold up my work however as the footage has to come from America and I have no footage to work in the meantime. I really want to be able to shoot my own 16mm footage however grande parade do not own one, Edward Street will not let me borrow theirs and they are incredibly expensive to buy. This means that buying found footage is 100% necessary for me to move on with this project.

Misophonia and Anxiety

When trying to research sounds for the film, I wanted people to feel awkward when listening to it. I know some sounds effect me in very weird ways such chalk on a chalkboard, however, this is a pretty common one. The more I researched around this topic the more I found out how so many sounds can be completely intolerable to some people – there is more information on this in my sketchbook.

Below are two articles that have effected my research drastically.

https://knops.co/magazine/dealing-with-phonophobia/

https://rightasrain.uwmedicine.org/mind/stress/when-sounds-trigger-rage-anxiety-or-tingly-euphoria

3rd Film – Round and Round

This being the third film I wanted to step it up a level and incorporate some more digital aspects to the film. There are a lot of different references and places of inspiration in this film. Having studied Matisse I took inspirations from his nude drawings and went onto think about the male gaze. Having just studied panopticism and how the modern version of this is almost online I started to think about the male gaze online and relentless it is. All of the strains of ideas leed to this film which portrays the predatory behaviour I have experienced in the past and how repetitive and monotonous it can become. This behaviour is often seen on the tube which is why you can hear these sounds.

The sound in this film is my favourite as it is the most advanced. There is a combination of sounds some of which I have recorded myself and others which have been found. I particularly enjoyed using the google translate to create sound bites.

This film is the most hectic and I worked hard in the edit which I think shows.

 

2nd Film: Fidget

Whenever I am awkward I fiddle with my feet the whole time, it is a very subtle way of displaying awkwardness. When I found this footage it fits perfectly with the idea. The gold that you can see has been made by putting varnish on to the film and then dropping gold paint pen onto it. When I am awkward my brain goes to mush and no matter how hard I try to navigate a conversation usually nothing can come out. I feel as though my brain almost looks like that collection of dots.

The sound in this film is very ambiguous. The most prominent sound is chalk on a chalkboard my absolute worst sound of all time. There is also the sound of an old German factory and a peculiar sound which is one of the few sound clips from the trenches in WW1. Then a fairground sounds come in which almost speed up the film. Much like the last one I have digitally zoomed in on one section to try and make the film more visually intriguing.

1st Film : Beach ball

This film is all done through found footage and the concept of it is very simple. It is a girl who is struggling to blow up her beachball. As this was only my second attempt at making a film I kept it very simple but played with the sound more than I originally had, adding a baby crying. The feedback that I received was that I should cut to the chase quicker. Try and make people immediately anxious as the film feels like it is slightly too long. Chris liked how I had started in the middle of a sentence to throw people off.

Now that I had layered the sound, the visuals had become underwhelming – especially on a repetitive short film like this one. I went back to the film and made a couple of changes including adding a digital aspect to it. I filmed the film and then added that film as a new layer. I think it is very effective and makes the film more intriguing. It is difficult trying to perfect the balance between digital and analogue and something that i need to take into more consideration.