Film & TV 1 (Question 3)

Based on the week 4 lecture, two of the reasons why we ‘shoot to edit’ is because we can have extra footage and allows for multiple shoots. Firstly, we have to ‘shoot to edit’ so that we can have time for extra footage to be taken. It is very important that all the required footage is obtained during this time, if there is only one day of shooting. Therefore, this would gives us more time to select the best footage, more footage as a backup option, and more time during the postproduction period. Secondly, is that it allows for multiple shot to be taken. It is vital that we are happy with every shot and has appropriate shooting regulations. Therefore, this would mean having each camera angel blocked and set correctly so that it works in correlation with the actors. In addition, during postproduction, this would also give us more variety to choose from when editing the film.

Ryan reading week 5

According to Ryan, narrative is the combination between story and discourse and defines its two components as “story is an event or sequence of events (the action), and the narrative discourse is those events as represented”. Narrative, in this view, is the textual actualization of story, while story is narrative in a virtual form. Story, like narrative discourse, is a representation, but unlike discourse it is not a representation encoded in material signs. Story is a mental image, a cognitive construct that concerns certain types of entities and relations between these entries. Narrative may be a combination of story and discourse, but it is its ability to evoke stories to the mind that distinguishes narrative discourse from other text types.

Korsakow Film Essay

The Korsakow project that I have chosen are from the makers Hannah Brasier, Megan Kiantos,  Melissa Hellard, Michelle Williams, Niadin Harte and the project titled en lest le planeur from 2010. I liked the project not just because it was from one of my tutors but also the reoccurring theme of pattern. I can see that there five video thumbnails, all rendered small and in black and white, but also silent. I also liked how it starts off with introducing all the members and the title on a paper in the brick ground. The black and white seems to be reflecting the visual tone of Melbourne. While trying to load a thumbnail and you get the colour, larger size, frame, data rate, and sound, and there is enough difference between the video thumbs and the video to make choosing them meaningful.

In terms of its interface, there is single line of text that accompanies each clip. I liked how each of which begins with “she”. These all describe the city, poetically and in parts, and its mostly casual, strolling sorts of observations.  The text is also fairly large, making it a key visual element that gives it its own visual authority. It is not a sort of apologetic aside hidden away but wants to be as significant as the image. Similarly, the thumbnails are small enough to not crowd or drown the main video window.

Finally, the content of the work itself seems to consist of at least three clouds. I couldn’t determine the connection between them. The “she keeps secret video” was particularly confusing for me. However, after viewing various clips there seems to be a theme or a sense of RMIT that involves being on the street, then another constellation that emphasies movement, and then a third around colour and pattern that has graffiti, maps, signage, public art. Finally, there is a continuous ambient soundtrack that sits under all, city sounds, the sounds you’d here as you strolled the inner city here. This to some extent solves the production problem that can occur when clips have their own sound and they are all at different levels. This is good work given the constraints. The compression has been done properly for the project, so the larger videos also look good. Overall, I think that the work is creative and innovative in many ways, particularly in the narrative structure and relations of the text, audio and video and one that I will certainly try to emulate for my own project.

Principles of Narrative Construction

According to Bordwell and Thompson, we can consider a narrative to be a chain of events in cause-effect relationship occuring in time and space. A narrative is what we usually mean by the term story, although we shall be using story in a slightly different way later. All the components of our definition, causaility, time and space, are more important to narratives in most media. However, causaility and time are central.