PROJECT BRIEF #2
With Project Brief 2 I decided on continuing my theme from the lo-fi self portrait, being that ones identity and interests can be easily reflected within the boundaries of ones bedroom – a place where we can spend a lot of our time.
The angle I went for with this one minute video was to provide a small tour or a gentler ‘Welcome to my crib’ vibe for my bedroom, achieved by a prolonged panning shot interjected with close up photos of artefacts from within the room. In doing so, I was trying to achieve a sequence that provided a lot of information about myself – rather than a video that focused on one particular item. In contradiction however, I nearly end this self portrait with a video of just that – a singular shot of a spinning vinyl record. I chose this method of having two varying shots to shift viewer’s attention and hopefully add a little spice to the overall video. I further attempted to add some spice through out the whole video, via the editing technique of reversing footage before a still photograph was shown on screen – accompanied with a snippet of music. This recurring motif continues through the video, until the rest of the music is played alongside the shot of the back-and-forth record. These decisions were purely made in an attempt to exemplify a little abstractness to the video.
I think the least successful parts of this video are the transitions to and from the still images. Whether I could have chosen different transitions, or shown the photographs for fewer or more seconds – I think this could have been improved. Furthermore, I think I could have adjusted the transitioning sound that accompanies these images. Having a smoother transition between the created music, and the room’s natural ambient.
The more successful part of the video I believe is to be the back-and-forth spinning record, and its accompanying sound. I enjoy the jolted and out of the ordinary appeal, and it’s contrast to the rest of the the video – yet still shares similarities in its editing style.
Text: written by an artist who goes by the name Tinhead, and is a poster from a compilation of posters from Foals’ record, Holy Fire. The record that shows at the end of the video.
Sounds: The opening and closing of my front door and the steps to my room
Natural room ambient
Music made by myself with Garageband