Today we were in the edit suites and Robin came in to look at what we currently have edited. Robin, as per usual had a great deal of insight for the project, and allowed me to see things I’d never really thought of before. I’ll be the first to admit that when I work on a project I become very insular and driven, and Robin’s feedback session’s have really helped me to continue brainstorming and thinking outside the box, even when my creative juices feel as though they are drained.
He had some minor notes for the structuring of the piece, such as how there should be a second scream in the ‘headphones sequence’, as well as a simpler, less context-filled piece of monkey found footage in the ‘dog sequence’.
In terms of the broader picture of the piece, Robin said that he thought the complex ideas within our piece needed to be framed for our’uninitiated’ audience, which once he said it, I realised its necessity. He also mentioned possibly strengthening the connections between sequences, which I do agree needs to be done to create a more cohesive experience.
Robin also discussed the themes of the project. If you can remember my previous post, where I discussed how I came about firming up the concept and even wrote a thesis statement for the project. After the discussion with Robin I realised those ideas were only one side of the coin and there was so much more I was trying to say. So to make sense of all those ideas, I wrote this ‘key ideas’ mind map, from which I will hopefully write a more encompassing thesis statement.
Update: I’ve since had a major brainwave in terms of how to approach increasing the connection between the sequences – connectivity. By using technology, mass communication and mass media to connect not only scenes, but the characters within the world, we will be able to create an interconnected universe, not just scenes that bleed into each other for seemingly no reason. By using connectivity to connect characters, sequences and the universe of the piece, we are also inherently critiquing technology and the isolation that it creates.