I just need to start off by saying I’m really really proud of the way we pulled off our seminar!! It was a success!! As a group we were super organised and excited and ready to share our concept and guests with the public and our peers. Aside from the minor emergency evactuation interruption in the middle of it, I feel like it went really well and everyone would have walked out at the end knowing more about the TV industry than they did when they walked in. That was the goal anyway.
So I was excited that my backdrop idea was being used, Bec created it and it looked awesome. I also came up with he idea to have the theme songs playing whilst we ushered the audience in, just to add to the feel of the atmosphere that we were going for. I think this worked well! I put together the playlist and created the interactive theme song game for the audience, which I think was successful also in getting people to pay attention and physically participate in our seminar.
Now onto the set – I worked closely with Tiffany and Bec and together we sourced all of the props and things we needed to make the stage look the way we imagined it to from the first brainstorming session. Tiff was really great and brought along a bunch of old TV’s, and we created the mini ‘dining table’ out of said TV’s and a sheet of glass. We wanted the setting to look authentic and creative and I was honestly really happy and proud when we set it up and it looked so close to what we first imagined it to. The Chairs for the guests and our host were sourced from the RMITV studios, we originally wanted it to be a couch to add to the whole ‘living room’ effect, but I feel as though the chairs were super fitting and gave the guests their own platform and space.
Overall I am so happy with how it all turned out, our guests were amazing and insightful and it all kind of came together cohesively and naturally. The TV team were all great to work with and I feel as though my ideas were utilised and my own personal input definitely helped put everything together.
I had fun and I hope everyone who attended enjoyed the seminar!
It’s week 6 and our TV seminar; ‘A Remote Journey’ is on Friday! I’m actually really excited for it, I feel like our group is super organised and has worked really well together over the past few weeks getting guests together, creating the format, script and coming up with the overall setting and staging. Tiffany, Bec and I have been working hard on the set design and catering. The main concept for our set was decided upon 2 weeks ago and I’m excited to create it and make it come to life on Friday.
My idea for a backdrop of an open window is being used – The open window is to create the feeling that we are in a lounge room! If we set i tup right on Friday i think it has the potential to look really awesome and create the atmosphere we are aiming for.
So this week we worked quite well as a team and some big decisions regarding our seminar were discussed in a big group meeting. The format of our seminar, organisation of food, and most importantly guests, were some of the things discussed.
On my on personal end, I worked with Bec and Tiffany in the first stages of set design and props. We discussed the concept of making our stage area look like a suburban living room, where our panel of guests would be seated in font of a window, looking out to the audience as if the audience were a tv screen that they were watching. We all really liked this idea and began trying to think of particular props and things that we could use to create this kind of atmosphere.
Still working on it, but hopefully it turns out pretty great!!
S0, for this semester I am in the TV seminar group amongst the Epic Journey seminar series. This week we have begun a Facebook group and been discussing many options for our ‘Remote Journey’ seminar. The particular roles available to us have been talked of and we are in the process of splitting up what needs to be done, both in the pre production phase and the production of the day.
I have put my name down to be a part of the Marketing and/or Props design and decoration crews. I have also expressed my interest in being part of the video crew for the day of our seminar.
That is all the progress I have for you right now!!
Yay media 6!
The week 6,7,10 reading ‘The Art Of Documentary’ was quite intriguing to me. The whole idea that a documentary film documents a version of reality, a manipulated reality, has always interested me. The very beginning of this reading discusses the way in which documentary filmmakers are ‘not the surveillance cameras in the supermarkets’ – That even though they are trying to capture an authentic as possibly piece, manipulation has to occur. Even before the camera starts rolling, the aesthetic decisions to do with mis-en-scene, lighting, focal length, etc, all play a role in steering the footage away from reality, with these decisions creating a version of the reality that the camera is trying to capture. From viewing participatory, to observational, to poetic documentaries, it is sometimes difficult to distinguish between what is real and what is not. The audience can be deceived into believing a reality, when the truth is, the filmmaker is going to shoot and edit their documentary in the way that they want to tell the story. This again brings it away from true reality.
So, my groups K-Film is shaping up and looking pretty good so far, which we are really happy and excited about. Earlier this week we went to a dance studio and got all of our filming done. We shot a dancer freestyle, with the constraint being we could only film her below her waist. Aesthetically it looks really super great. We shot this on a proper Sony camera to keep the best quality we could. Then for the inner circle section of our film, we got heaps of random shots of the dancer going about her day as a dancer – these cups were fined with an iPhone, as we wanted the quality to decrease as the inner circle of our film is supposed to be grainy and real and raw. I’m really happy with how the footage turned out!
Now it is time to put all the footage into Korsakow and play around with actually making our film. I really hope the final product turns out to be as awesome as we have been picturing it 🙂
So here are some more of the ideas we have had for our group project. I feel like these ideas are a lot more solid than what we had previously, and this overall theme of reality and discontent in life through the distortion of reality vs perception shown through a dance and a dancer’s mind is really interesting!
. Dancing feet – Music – no vocals, just instrumental. Dance is formalized
. Inside videos – life is not formalized
– inside a studio
– mirrors – happy/smiling – angry/upset
– putting makeup on/taking it off – mirror
– putting on dance shoes
– rehearsing – teacher yelling
– Girl crying
– Girl receiving flowers/getting congratulated
– Girl from behind – running away – down a laneway
– ‘selfie’ style in studio dancing
– young kids dancing – Abbey
narration: text and voice over. – Inside Dancers mind.
In this scene we can see the choreography of the actors, camera, frame and focus. As covered in the lecture describe what Antonioni would have considered when directing the actors and the camera.
When filming this scene, Michelangelo Antonioni would have had to have considered the camera movement, angels, focus, and direction of the actors. He would have figured out the blocking of the scene, and gone through this with the camera operator to decide on when to do pans or tilts, when to follow the movement and when to stay static. He would have also had to let the camera operator know what kind of depth of field he was looking for in particular sections, allowing the camera operator to decide on when to change the focus either during shooting via a focus pull or in between shots. He would have considered the actors movement greatly in this scene, as their movement heavily enforces the camera movement.
I was on google just now, doing some further research into Korsakow and multilinear films, and I came across this site where someone has made a post on Korsakow:
So, an interesting new medium for Screenwriters (and: Filmmakers) is: the K-Film, (or: Korsakow Film.)
Korsakow is a free application, invented and developed by academics, whereby – you can create a multi-linear interactive online film, that plays in a web browser.
The multi-linear nature of the K-Film medium itself (whereby, the Viewer chooses the path they navigate through the film) creates many fascinating (and: rewarding) challenges for a screenwriter.
(It also has much in common with: Game Writing and Design). [http://screenwritingresearch.com/forums/topic/on-multi-linear-online-interactive-films-or-k-films/]
The last sentence of this post prompted me to start thinking about the way that Korsakow and a screenwriter can interact. I imagine it would for sure be quite difficult for a screenwriter to plan and fully achieve a K-film the way they want. The planning and screenwriting can be done well, however, once exported as a Korsakow film the ideas and visions of the screenwriter can be quickly disregarded, as the audience is in control of what they watch and the order they watch it in. As discussed in many of the lectures so far, intended meanings by the creator or writer of pretty much any project are not always guaranteed to be received by the viewers in the same way they are sent out. Audiences take their own personal views and values into interpreting content, with this being a major factor in the way K-films are received. They can be watched in an order of the viewers choice, and therefore the viewer has final say over the way they take in the film and what exactly they believe it is trying to say – leaving the task of screenwriting for Korsakow to possibly be a difficult one.
*This statement makes me think of uni and all the people we meet at it everyday. It’s important for us to make friends and network in this media course and furthermore in this media industry. So surround yourself with people who make your work fun, engaging, and doable. Do surround yourself with people who are going to lift you higher.