It’s easy to forget all of the great things you can find on YouTube. I used to spend a lot of time finding new YouTubers and watching all of their videos, but there was a long stretch of time where I was only using it to watch music videos or trailers for new movies. I recently rediscovered How It Should Have Ended (HISHE). This is an animation channel that re-imagines popular movies. Despite the name of their channel, not every video is an alternate ending.
They have been making videos for 10 years, which is super cool and also crazy because I forget that YouTube has been around for that long. They’ve also started featuring videos from other movie related animation channels on their channel. It’s a cool way of finding other channels you might enjoy. They also have a HISHE channel specifically for Continue reading
This week I downloaded all of the necessary paperwork that needs to be accomplished for our project, and started working on some of it. I also posted a couple of blog posts discussing our sound design or the video, pictures of the location, and a couple of clips from our shoot. I also got started on a revised script, although I can’t really do much with it until we get the rest of our interviews. Because this week was midterms and next week is Spring Break, we didn’t accomplish very much on this project. The week we get back from Spring Break will be a hectic one as we work out our final version of the Maker Lab video.
In this week’s production meeting we discussed both Project 1 and Project 2. Initially we were planning on trying an Avant-Garde film for Project 2, however, Alejandro came up with an idea for a documentary film. This documentary will revolve around one of his friends and her struggle to find her cultural identity. We are both excited about this project, and we talked about some of the things we will need to start working on in the upcoming weeks.
We also made a plan for finishing Project 1, which is the video we are doing about the Maker Lab. After we received feedback on Monday night for our rough cut, we decided to once again change direction. Alejandro is in charge of setting up a follow up interview with Mikayla after Spring Break, finding a third person to interview, and writing up a brief Project 2 proposal. I am in charge of getting all of our paperwork in order, as well as writing a new Project 1 script that reflects the changes we will be making for the final cut of this video.
Overall, I think it was a productive meeting. We both have a lot of work to do before the final video is due, but hopefully this meeting will help us both stay on track and get everything done on time.
Begin Again is about Gretta (Keira Knightley), a young singer-songwriter new to Manhattan who has a chance encounter with Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a disgraced music business executive. There is obviously a bit more to that story which includes Gretta’s rockstar ex, Dave (Adam Levine), and her close friend, Steve (James Corden).
This ended up being a surprising movie that I liked a lot more than I thought I would. The story structure is unique in that it isn’t entirely linear or something that we see a lot in movies which made it refreshing to watch the story unfold. Revealing bits and pieces of each character gradually and in semi-nontraditional ways makes it engaging and memorable.
Although I wasn’t sure how to feel about Keira Knightley as a singer-songwriter, I actually Continue reading
The beginning of the week was a little slow. I had already transcribed the interview, and Alejandro had offered to rewrite the script for Project 1. He set up a filming day for Friday (3/3). I didn’t have a lot of responsibility that day aside from offering suggestions about different shots, and offering some assistance in interviewing someone in the Maker Lab. The weekend was a bit busier. I spent Saturday in the computer lab putting together a rough cut of our project. Incorporating sound bites from our initial interview with Mikayla, footage we had shot the previous day, a music track, and the impromptu interview we got of Atticus (someone who uses the Maker Lab). I tried to make it informative as well as interesting, but I knew it still had work to be done. After receiving feedback, we’re going to try to re-interview Mikayla to get better audio, clearer information, and a more personalized approach to the Maker Lab like we were able to accomplish with Atticus’s interview. We’re also going to film the interview itself so we have a face to go with the voice.
For this project, I would like to incorporate some natural sound design. The printers have a unique sound that should be included in the audio of this project. I also plan on taking key sound bites from our audio interview we did with Mikayla from the Tech Desk. She gave us a lot of good information that will be instrumental in the “How to” aspect of this video. We were also able to interview someone who frequently uses the Maker Lab to 3D print figures for Dungeons and Dragons. I will definitely include key parts of his interview as well to give it a well-rounded feeling. This will also be a good way of showing who can use the Maker Lab, and open up new pathways and ideas of how it can be used.
For music, I would like to include this beautiful and simple piano instrumental by Kai Engel. His music is featured on freemusicarchive.org, so I won’t have to worry about copyright infringement. I see this particular song being a great finishing touch to the sound design of the video as a whole. I especially like the last bit of the song where it picks up in tempo. I think that section will be perfect for the time lapsed video. I feel that the name of the song “Idea” also captures the essence of the Maker Lab itself.
As far as editing goes, I’m not going to be doing anything outside of the norm. Because this video’s main purpose is to inform, I don’t want the editing (or the sound) to become a distraction to viewers. I will be sticking with simple cuts that are logical, as well as smooth. I will underlay interview audio beneath complementing visuals to avoid having three minutes of a talking head. I will also speed up one of our longer clips of an object being printed so that it becomes like a time lapse, and people can see for themselves, the process. I will include a screen grab of how to submit a 3D print request, so that the audio is visually reinforced.
Here is some of the footage we took in the Maker Lab. These particular clips didn’t make it into the rough cut of the project, but they are still cool.
These are some of the pictures I took, during the location scouting. I thought it was important to get an idea of how everything was set up in the Maker Lab and the display by the Tech Desk. The lighting wasn’t great because I took the pictures on my phone, but I wanted to get the general idea of different shots we could set up.
This week I attended our weekly meeting which lasted about an hour and a half. We discussed Project One and Project Two briefly, and we were luckily able to get an interview with someone at the Tech Desk despite some major setbacks. I helped come up with the interview questions, and during the interview, I recorded the audio. Later in the week, I spent about two hours transcribing the audio from the interview. I watched a short avant-garde film called Meshes in the Afternoon in an attempt to better understand the avant-garde genre and prepare from Project Two. In addition to that, I wrote up our Production Meeting blog post, as well as my individual posts. Aside from that, I spent time watching television, listened to a podcast, and watched a movie that was suggested to me by a previous professor, which I think has been beneficial to my understanding of different types of film and filmaking techniques. This will be especially useful when we go into Project Two with the intention of exploring alternative filmaking.