This trimester i failed to be “apart” of any cross disciplinary work. We did have two mixers as a cross disciplinary and did take part of to meet other areas beside from film however even at this early stage of the first meet and greet there was very limited audio people attend and wasn’t interested in sound for film. The second mixer was when audio students was invited to attend a screening of a draft of films and to introduce in order to get composers. At this we did mange to talk to two people interested but one was too busy and second one did take note of emails but later that day decline the offer as it was a too quick to create something together. By not have a composer it did effect the overall film. After the trimester is over i will look into getting one on board so the project can reach its full potential.
Wrap up of Cross disciplinary work.
I did attempt to get an audio stent
What brought me here? Good Question, looking back at my life i have always had a passion for movies and film, i would spend hours searching for movies which i hadn’t seen and become addicted. I remember watching all these films and questioning how thats was made? or why is this plotted out this way? After a while i began thinking how interesting it would be to create these film. Another reasons i choose film was my love to catch moments and turn it into something memorable to look back. The skill of turning a basic video into something moving by adding effects, sound and manipulating it to what you want.
Blog 05 Vox Pop Class Workshop
The Vox pop interview process was a very interesting exercise which i enjoyed being apart of. The process of going up to complete strangers and stopping them in the street asking them questions was very daunting. I was very shy at first not wanting to ask many people being like “Aw their busy.” After finally working up the courage to ask a few people i got turned down once or twice but eventually succeed and got a yes. The first interview was a bit bumpy and shot little out and didn’t really know how to ask but each person interview the better the answer got. As a team we found some spots worked better than others, such as just off the main street where people who just wonder around are more likely to participate.
When reviewing the footage it was clear that some pieces where hard to use or grabs as they didn’t implement the question within there answer so it was hard to edit. Reflecting back i would push more to make sure the answer was useable but picking up and telling them to re answer. Another tip would place them differently and be more mindful of the area and before doing the interview look through the area for potential spots.
By doing this exercise i do believe it brings up challenges and fears. However, by the end you overcome them. As spoken about before fears to go up to a stranger and interrupt them was definitely the biggest one, to begin was hard when they turn you down but the more yes made the no not as hard and just had to change the mindset to keep asking along the more questions the easier it gets.
In order to improve for next time i will spend that even extra minute to re-work framing of the shots, as most of my shots had potential if i even moved a couple centimetre to a side etc. Second would try and listen/ react to there answer and make it more flow rather than reading off the page in order to get better answers.
Overall, I have learnt many lessons and i believe one of the major ones is just to have confident. If you confident people are more likely to want to answer and feel more comfortable around you. I will take this into my major documentary as i am the director and will be asking the questions i will be using everything i learnt to improve for the second time round. This is everything from framing, interview questions and the attitude giving out to result in a better performance.
Here is some shots of some interviews for the exercise we did on boundary street asking people opinions on food in west end, My group for this exercise was Grace Bannan, Bruce Mackenzie and Myself Kayla Bone.
Class workshop conducted by Jodie Taylor.
Another in class workshop we took part of was were we were in groups of two the interviewer and the interviewee. We got told to ask a personal question each to another person in our class which we didn’t know very well. Starting out i got asked the question first so i believe this gave me an advantage as i understood how uncomfortable it is to be asked questions on the spot. When asking questions i tried to ask my partner with a calm tone and use facial and body language to make them feel comfortable to answer and show that i’m interested which allowed them to keep talking. Such as nodding head leaning forward and not having arms cross shows your interested rather than leaning back no eye contact and arms cross really gives of a different vibe.
When starting out getting asked a question was something new as i have never really been interviewed before so doing this was new and didn’t know what to expect. When the interviewer asked me the question “When did you lose your virginity?” at first you get thrown for a few seconds, but considering the circumstancing and knowing it being a safe space i answered open and didn’t care as my partner was holding eye contact that i didn’t mind answering the questions. I learnt that asking personal questions is okay as long as you set the scene to be a safe space where no judgement is and will allow the interviewee feel open to spill there truth.
The dynamics between the role of interview and interviewee is very different. When being the interviewee you feel more in the spot light and nervous as by not knowing what your going to be asked is intimating as your not in control. In contrast when asking questions you are more in control of the situation as you know the questions your asking but can still can go not way planned when the interviewee might answer with something unexpected and either not open up or open up a lot more than expected which is what you hope for.
The dynamic between the both of us to fill the time i believe was different as when i was asked questions i kept talking as i am a more comfortable open personal. On contrast when asking the question i had to continue to ask questions to fill the gaps to make up for the time. After telling or asking the initial question it was slightly more tricky to fill in the rest of time. By asking elaborating questions or even asking the interview the same question to build of there answer was one thing we did.
As an interviewer in this exercise it did allow you a fear of asking personal questions. When you first get told to ask this deep questions you think to yourself, what am i going to say? As if they are going to answer. After you get out of your head and asking it with an confident tone you realise it isn’t as bad as what you make up in your head. This allows me to not be as afraid to ask deep questions in my major production.
Overall, i will take some lessons learnt form this exercise on to the next one of Vox pop interviews. This little in class exercise is a good stepping stone to know as strangers questions on the street. Lessons such as body language in order to engage and be mindful how asking the questions in order to get a good response.
My pitch of “Behind the Curtain” a short documentary film about a man name Ed passion for community theatre. For the major documentary pitch i choose the style to be Expository for this film. This is as the style fits the aim in contrast to the others as it allows us to interview with the subject without interfering to much.
To define and justify why i picked Expository this is because it is define to be a style which emphasises the verbal commentary aspect by having voice overs as explained in the book introduction to documentary (Nichols, 2010).
An classic example of this is the ‘ The Plow that broke the plain’ (1936) directed by Pare Lorentz. This is an example provided in the book which represents expository. A film i found also is expository which is more common is the documentary ‘ Super size me’ Director Morgan Spurlock’s. This film is a social experiment in fast-food gastronomy which sees him attempting to subsist uniquely on food from the McDonald’s menu for an entire month. Both two different takes on this style but both has the same elements throughout.
When editing expository the mode is commonly serves less to establish a rhythm or format pattern in contrast to a poetic mode. However will maintain continuity by spoken argument or perspective. ‘The plow that broke the plains(1936) ” had interlayer landscaped shots of Arif prairie coming from all over the Midwest. An example of how they incorporated interlay was cutting in shots from Kansas and Texas together thus enhanced rather than detracting from the claim that the great plains stood in serve danger of permanent damage (Nichols, 2010).
In order to achieve my documentary style of expository i will use techniques previous spoken. For instance, to use voice over in my film Ed interview will be cut throughout as the main story line with his voice of he’s answers carrying on as interlayer with other sources. This brings me to my second part, cut away for this piece the cutaways will mainly rehearsal footage of ed directing fellow cast and what happens behind the curtain. However will have other cut aways of archived footage of ed on stage from previous performances as he talks about his history on stage. All these elements fit the modality of expository as it is very much of a point of view piece so without the interaction with him the story would fail to work.
Nichols, B. (2010). Introduction to documentary (2nd ed.). Bloomington, Ind. : Indiana University Press.
Super size me. (2004). FILM USA.
The Plow That Broke the Plains. (1936). FILM USA.