little women storyboard

Greta Gerwig’s 2019 film, Little Women.

I chose to story board the scene where Laurie confesses his love to Jo. I thought it was a perfect example of the use of the time period, walking in a field (hillside) with your romantic interest. Sounds like it came straight out of a romance novel.. *cough cough*

The intimate scene takes place on an empty countryside hill with only the two character in focus. It’s a pivotal point in the film as it’s where Jo confesses her feelings and worries as a women in the 1800’s – If she does not marry then who is she in the world.

where i’m from (visual poem)

From the asphalt of the suburbs, from the love of my parents, from the breeze in the garden. I wanted the audience to feel what I felt, to see what I saw where I grew up. I can’t show my whole childhood, but I wanted the close up, intimate shots to feel as someone’s sight line throughout. I chose to use strictly medium to close up because I wanted the whole film to have this effect. I contemplated adding filters and changing the light but opted not to, as I wanted the film as raw as possible. The quick shots and cuts act as blinking through the moments.

and WE ARE ROLLING! – birth of cinema

Cinematographe on a tripod

Lumiere Films (created by Louis and Auguste Lumiére) were filmed on a Cinematographe (early camera). They were too heavy to move, so it sat mostly stationary as film was being recorded.

They were filmed in a “locked” view. So rightly so they were “moving pictures”. They followed some rules as Remoscope 2003 creators would say (a group of Japanese media makers based in Osaka). The simplified these rules as:

  • Max 1 minutes
  • Fixed camera
  • No Sound, Zoom, Edit or effects

So if Lumiere Films we’re moving pictures. Then by analysis of photography we could image if an image is moving what narrative would we see, just with a camera being stationary on a tripod.

In our tute we were asked to analyse some pictures by composition, framing, depth, lighting, colour, focus, materials used and by the effects in editing.

One image that stuck out to me was this:

Jeff Wall, The Storyteller, 2986, Silver dye bleech transparecy in light box

When I first analysed the image I could already see life and movement. The image looked like it had been taken on a vintage 80s film camera. Though the scenery and landscape looked like the focus of the image, all the people in the image pulled their on focus – making this image feel very nostalgic in a way. The wide shot was able to capture different emotions in these peoples postures.
In furthur investigation this unfamiliar image turned out to be a very famous print by a Canadian photgrapher Jeff Wall. The tableux was staged the scale and ambition of the image was indeed the artists intent.

The MET described the image as:
“The Storyteller shows the liminal space where past meets future, crisscrossed by power lines and illuminated from within by the electric light that permeates our world of spectacle, consumption, and waste. Yet the work is ultimately hopeful, holding in suspension the potential for cultural traditions to survive and contest historical amnesia, the homogenizing effects of the media, and the empty promises of technological progress.”

Something as simple as a wide shot is able to provoke so much emotion and feeling. This instant storytelling in picture is something I hope to capture in my own film project.

Until next time,

Swoon. x

and ACTION! – intro to screen media!

Week One of BCM115

We were given the task to familiarise ourselves with a DSLR camera. As someone who knows her way around the iPhone camera quite well this deemed a challenge. I mean of course I’ve held a proper DSLR camera before, but I didn’t really know the different basic functions like

  • shutter speed
  • aperture (f-stop)
  • ‘film’ speed (ISO)
  • focus
  • white balance

And even after the tutorial I still don’t feel 100% confident in the different functions. But at least I’m testing out and learning. I’m just one of those people who get frustrated if she doesn’t pick something up super quick. 🤷🏽‍♀️

My partner and I were tying to get some test shots while playing of the camera, of both the natural and material environment meeting together. And with the weather on the day, it really helped with what we were trying to achieve in our shots. It intereting as the direction we were given was to simply leave the camera on the tripod and just start recording. So even though we were doing videography, the shots were kind of just photography – but moving pictures… which is where videography first began which is kind of neat.

We had fun trying to protect the camera from the rain but also using the weather to our advantage. Very excited to dive deeper in to what screen media can achieve in art and for the emerging media.

Until next time,

Swoon x