By using a range of filmmaking techniques I was able to produce a short film based on the theme CAPTURED. One of the more prominent techniques I employed throughout the film was the use of tracking shots to create a sense of immersion.
My film is about the conflict between two boys and how both want to use a basketball court. This uncomplicated idea drives the story forward. Some things in life aren’t worth arguing about. I was inspired to make this short film when I realised how few basketball courts there are in Newcastle and how that could create conflict.
On A Chessboard’s Demise
My major videographic work, On A Chessboard’s Demise, utilises elements of stop-motion cinematography and a main analogous colour scheme consisting of black, white and brown to encapsulate humane experiences in an inanimate object, thus capturing the audience’s attention. The message I aim to convey is that demise can be reshaped into purpose even if it appears inescapable. Though the chessboard was essentially ‘useless,’ unable to function as it was supposed to, it still yielded beguiling imagery and patterns while generating interest. It attempted to function outside of its assigned bounds and managed to forge a new type of beauty. Eventually, it may have given up, but during its time of resistance, it bestowed ethereality to its witnesses. Though we can feel purposeless, there is still life thrumming in our veins, vast and formidable.
“The beauty of a move lies not in its appearance but in the thought behind it.” – Aron Nimzowitsch, chess grandmaster in his chess theory book, My System
My film ‘Lockdown Days’ employs a range of filmmaking techniques including camera shots, sizes and angles. These techniques are used to create visual interest and to effectively engage the audience. By editing clips to transition within time on the beat of the music track, I have created an effective way to capture the viewer’s attention and create an enjoyable experience .
The central idea of my film was about a day in my life within the time of lockdown and falls into the genre of montage. Many are experiencing a familiarity of activity in lockdown and I hope this film is in some ways comforting. The message I was trying to convey was that, despite the world around us and the rules in place, you can make light of your day.
The inspiration for my CAPTURED film was from a podcast ‘Anything Goes’ by Emma Chamberlain. Within this time I was actively listening to it and there was one episode that stood out to me a lot more; ‘quality over quantity’. It made me realise that I shouldn’t be wasting my time and energy on mediocre things in life, when instead focusing on only the more important things I value more.
My film metaphorically uses a mirror to symbolise reality slowly breaking apart over time and emotions (the water) taking control over life. Splintered Reality is an art film meaning it relies on aesthetic visuals and symbolism for the audience to decipher.
Splintered Reality is CAPTIVATING because there is a variety of film techniques including crossfades, slow motion and time-lapse to create artistically composed visuals synced with the remixed music.
The message I am trying to convey is to not let your dark thoughts destroy your reality which may plummet you into darkness. Instead, turn your broken pessimistic thoughts into bright and optimistic ones. This will repair the broken shards of your “broken life” and might repair them which will help you perceive reality more clearly and transparently.
The song I chose helped build my entire video. I listened to the song repeatedly, added extra effects (speed adjustments and echoes) and after lots of visualisation of what the song looks like, I produced it and interpreted it as symbolic with the mirror.