After researching what is done to create foley sounds in larger budget films in UK studios, I have a better idea of how I can create the sounds to go with film.

My idea is very simple just adding almost comical sounds to a normal image just to demonstrate the idea. It will be of a rabbit bouncing around and then adding hopping noises to the footage using Soundtrack Pro software.

Last Minutes with ODEN from phos pictures on Vimeo.

Beautifully shot, made me cry lots too ‘cos of the story and emotion shown in the film.

Directed/Edited by Eliot Rausch

Director of Photography – Luke Korver and Matt Taylor

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pyue2N1XZ0M

The video was directed by Helen Downing and edited by Rod Main.

I have decided to use the music video for the song ‘Atlas Hands’ by Benjamin Francis Leftwich as contextual reference. This is because of how the imagery is portrayed: it’s haunting yet beautifully shot.

There is a lot of scenery included in the film; the people are counterparts to the setting. Shots like the one above are what makes the music video eye-catching, as they are composed well within the frame and showcase the pretty setting.

The characters remind me of the children’s TV show ‘Amazons and Swallows’, and how they worked together to play a fantasy game of tribes. The children in the video are putting together a boat for them to sail into the ocean. They play with ropes that they use to tie together the poles and stretch out the netting they’ll use to catch fish; the adult male looks deep into the distance, and there are beautifully framed up close shots of the characters faces where they look both vacantly and innocently into the camera.

For my personal project I would love to incorporate the idea of innocence and play into my story; the shots of the characters looking directly into the camera worked well because it linked the viewer to them – almost as if they were staring at the person watching them in a sort of paradox, creating a closeness to the work.

Panoramic shots are another aspect of the music video I would love to use in my self-initiated project; they create such a sense of people being a part of the setting instead of being the main point in the film.

Lyrics to ‘Atlas Hands’

“Take me to the docks, there’s a ship without a name
It is sailing to the middle of the sea
The water there is deeper than anything you’ve ever seen
…Jump right in and swim until you’re free

I will remember your face
‘Cause I am still in love with that place
But when the stars are the only things we share
Will you be there?

Money came like rain to your hands while you were waiting
For that cold long promsie to appear
People in the churches started singing above their hands
They say “My God is a good God and he cares”

I will remember your face
‘Cause I am still in love with that place
When the stars are the only things we share
Will you be there?

I’ve got a plan
I’ve got an atlas in my hands
I’m gonna turn when I listen to the lessons that I’ve learned”

Starting Point

September 27, 2011

As the initial starting point for my project, I have decided to use a poem for inspiration.

‘Love after Love’ by Derek Walcott

The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other’s welcome,

and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.

It is a poem about happiness; having found oneself and being truly content. There are many different ways to interpret this happiness, why it has occured, etc, but personally I feel it’s about someone realising their self-worth and ability to make themselves feel happy.

Although this is my starting point, there are many different ideas I would like to explore and contextual references I’d like to see influence my plans. The imagery in this poem is fantastic though, for example the idea of feasting on your own life, and greeting yourself with elation.

The use of Cinematography

September 20, 2011

What is cinematography?

Films need artistic direction from more than a directer in order to get a more whole image at the end. The shots need to show the story in many different ways, through lighting and colour as well as camera angles and movement. This is the job of a cinematographer, also sometimes known as an Artistic Director.

How will I use cinematography in my self-initiated project?

In my project I hope to use cinematography as a way of conveying the concept behind my work clearly. As my concept is about happiness the colours will need to be rich, etc.

Untitled from Tim Walker on Vimeo.

This short film was premiered at the Frieze Festival in 2010.

It was filmed by Tim Walker for artist Linder Sterling.

I feel it is a beautiful showcasing of both the fashion design and styling of Richard Nicoll as well as the romantic motifs that are common in photographer Tim Walker’s images.

It was a film of spontaneity as they came from a 13-hour improvised performance with the outfits to the oldest rose growing feilds in England, and was infused with exhaustion and ingenuity.

I thought this film was lovely because of the way the models interact with the surroundings, weather and also the costumes; the models characters are based on female archetypes such as The Muse and The Witch.

Information derived from: http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/10/14/now-showing-linder-sterlings-fashion-turn/

and: http://www.stylebubble.co.uk/style_bubble/2010/07/linder-lingers-on-and-on.html

The solo exhibition showing in the Exeter Phoenix from Friday 27th May to 9th July is by a french video artist named Marcel Dihanet. For the past 25 years he has documented where land and water meet, and the people that live in the surrounding areas.

In /SKY/CANAL/RIVER/ Dihanet had looked at a world half submerged; filming around and in the river Exe as it passes through Exeter and out towards the sea at Exmouth. With it’s large installations it is easy to become lost in the world of water, and to appreciate the interesting views that Dihanet uses within the water – for example by looking upwards from underneath the surface of the water he creates a new perspective that people wouldn’t usually see.Other interesting elements in the work include bubbles and dark shadows that flow across the scene in front of you.

However, I personally found the exhibition quite repetitive, with the (once) intriguing angles being repeated across the selection of films.

Art Films

June 20, 2011

Art films are typically independently made films, that differ from the mainstream ‘Blockbuster’ movie in that they aren’t usually a narrative and story to be used to escape into, but to look at and appreciate the expression of the director and filmmaker.

Art films tend not to have large budgets (again, differing from mainstream ‘Blockbuster’ films) or huge investment costs, and so only need to appeal to a small portion of film viewers to make the films financially viable.

Information was derived from an ‘Art Film’ article on www.wikipedia.org