Project Progress Week 10 [Critical Portfolio]

Four Perspectives – Research Task from Justine McKenna on Vimeo.

Our first group activity for future of cinema involved many discussions on what our first experiment should be. We didn’t immediately steer towards R and 360 video at this point as we were yet to acquire our own devices for such a task. Instead, we brainstormed our own ways we could ‘reinvent’ cinema.

One idea involved Multi-Screens, multiple, but simultaneous shots of the same scene in the one screen. It is a practice that has been used in films before, most notably Timecode (2000), but never for a film or short film in its entirety. It seemed like an easily executable idea and one we could work a narrative around by using each screen for one purpose, or them all together for another. We documented one trial of this above, setting up four cameras in one room, all out of sight from one another and shot a sequence. We were not concerned about the brevity of the clip, but more the practical aspect of how we would be able to achieve this.

Within our small room, the Multi-Screens worked perfectly. We had a variety of angles, and they flowed together nicely. However, we all came to the conclusion this idea will not work for what we want to achieve with future of cinema. The staging and setting up of cameras would be un-achievable on a larger scale, the larger the scope the harder it would be to hide every camera from one another. We also decided, that the general consensus and opinions on this form of shooting was not as engaging or immersive as the audience would latch onto. It was easy to follow, but was not entertaining or engaging.

Our group dynamic was struggling to find its footing. We could easily delegate tasks and communicate to one another, but brainstorming as one proved difficult. Each individual member became attached to their own personal interpretation of cinema, and we couldn’t combine or compromise. We all agreed to try a secondary format from Multi-Screens, and hoped the shift from format will inspire more ideas rather than an idea inspiring the format.