In 200 words or less please outline your goals, desires – what you want to get out of this semester. You will review this later in the course. Many will rethink this dramatically by the end of the course – this is a good thing.
My goals and desires while undertaking the Film-TV 2 course are similar to those of last semester in terms of gaining experience with the technical aspects of filmmaking. In Film-TV 1 I experimented with audio work, so I am hoping to gain some experience in other areas this semester, such as in cinematography or editing.
On the most basic level, my goal is to create a documentary film that explores a field or subject that I am genuinely interested in. I enjoy research and learning and I feel that this course perfectly compliments those qualities.
More broadly, my desire is to build on my communication skills when working in a group environment. Film-TV 1 allowed me initial experience in this area, and I am hoping that this follow up subject allows growth with those skills.
Finally, I hope that in creating a documentary film, I am able to learn a lot about the subject/person/thing/field that I will be exploring. It is something that I am really looking forward to in this course.
In this week’s lecture, scenes from Scott Ruo’s ‘Four Images’, Brian Hill’s ‘Drinking for England’ and Chantal Akerman’s ‘D’Est’ were screened. Choose one of these, and consider, in a single paragraph, what might have intrigued, interested, displeased or repelled you.
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In Brian Hill’s ‘Drinking for England’, the subject area itself and the range of interviewees that we were introduced to intrigued me. I think it was a very smart topic to explore from the filmmakers perspective, as it connects with people on an emotional level and can have the effect of producing a ‘wake up’ moment. The wide range of shot angles and shot types used within the documentary interested me. I’ve never really thought of documentary as a film genre where camera use was something to be experimented with. It’s very easy – when thinking about documentary – to imagine only neutral angles in the classic medium-shot setups used to depict interviewees as they answer questions. ‘Drinking for England’ was interesting in that it featured a range of shots and focus pulls. It made for aesthetically pleasing viewing. I was displeased by the musical characteristics in this documentary. I understand that this was a musical documentary itself but I felt that it alienated me more than engaged me, sometimes edging toward the comical.
Listen to the first 10 minutes of Glenn Gould’s radio documentary, “The Idea of North”.
The idea of North 10min.wav or Files are here (experimenting with different sizes and file types) If possible, use headphones. Record your impressions in a paragraph or two.
I enjoyed the opening minutes of Glenn Gould’s The Idea of North. The woman speaking has a ‘nice’, calming voice that I found myself searching for in the remainder of the radio documentary. For this reason, I believe that the beginning of the documentary is much stronger than the conclusion, which ends in a basic question/answer format.
Although accents in radio can sometimes cause a jarring effect, I found that they were useful and relevant when discussing the subject matter at hand. They added authenticity to the research and – when accompanied with the soundscape – really created a sense of ‘being there’ that Leacock writes of in the first reading. I feel that this documentary did involve me rather than inform me and I enjoyed listening to it as a result.