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Project Progress Week 11 [Critical Portfolio]

 

 

We continued to brainstorm this week, and kept returning to the multi perspective idea of shooting. We found other ‘new age’ adventures into the apparent dying film industry, including a film shot entirely on a Nokia Smart Phone.

We briefly ventured back into the multi-shot idea of creating a film, using different cameras and editing techniques like a GoPro, Close Up Shots, Mobile Phone footage and a DSLR Camera. Our group wants to show that the industry is not a dying format, and is venturing its way through adaptations and modifications towards a high quality, multi-sensory experience. There is the evolving desire for cinema to expand beyond its current borders. Experimental Film has long been its own genre, but are we beginning to experience its integration into the mainstream niche?

With the digital revolution, the camera’s limitations of availability to the mass, the need for quality and difficulty of shooting are fast becoming irrelevant. We often joke that anyone with a smartphone these days thinks they are an artist or filmmaker, but really now the controls are placed at the artists disposal (Makhmalbaf 2000)

The limitations now is the friction between the technology, and the artists thoughts and desires of it.

Will the future of cinema be the amateur artist with his iPhone, or on a GoPro, livestreaming onto the internet for the world to see? Or will it be a return to the old? The Revenant (2015) was a standout film for last year in its exemplary cinematography, a return to classic limitations of shooting in majority of only natural light, as little CGI as possible and long panning, continuous shots. Its stickler, from avoiding the enhancements and shiny toys of today made the film stand out.

There are so many ways technology of today can change and modify the viewer experience, but the key concept we took away from this week was that they are all seeking to give the audience something new. To create a higher level of enjoyment that we concluded, is achievable through sensory overload. There is a increasing offering for a different experience to guests rather than telling a traditional story (Kridel 2016)

We need sound, sight, touch, smell, taste, the five senses to engage. We will try to engage as many as possible, and find the appropriate tool to shoot that will create this.

We brainstormed a timeline of how our final weeks would play out, what we planned to shoot and have it done by, stilling shooting ideas about what the piece will include visually but planning how and when.

TIMELINE

SHOOTING 30TH MAY 2016

EDITING EXAM WEEK 1 – 6TH JUNE

DUE 23RD JUNE 2016

SHOT IDEA ~ A Day at the Beach 

  1. Getting ready – opening draw
  2. Car pulls up – park – open the boot
  3. Greet one another
  4. Walk towards the beach
  5. Building sand castle (in the midst of building sand castle)
  6. Harry runs towards beach
  7. Surf shot
  8. Dive in ocean (white film bit is good transition to go pro in sand)
  9. Go Pro out of sand

Installation

Three shots – 1 screen (wall size)

 

References

Makhmalbaf S (2000) ‘The Digital Revolution and the Future of Cinema'<https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2000/06/makh-j28.html&gt;

Kridel T (2016) ‘Odeon on the Future of Cinema’ <http://www.inavateonthenet.net/features/article/odeon-on-the-future-of-cinema&gt;

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