I looked over the footage and I’m extremely happy with it, it looks amazing and I’m really excited to see it set up as an installation. Firstly, I put the clips into different sequences named: Sequence One, Sequence Two, Sequence Three and Sequence Four. Then I experimented a little with the clips. I played with some of the video effects just to see what kind of difference it would make. The first thing I did was made the clips black and white, but as I watched them through, I felt that the video needed to be in colour as they are supposed to be projecting powerful emotions, so I removed the black and white effect. The uncut clips really seemed that it didn’t give off the effect I wanted. It’s supposed to be grungy and look like it was filmed on an old VHS recorder. I’m not sure why I want that sort of style, I just really like it. I guess it’s probably the influence of older video art from artists like; Sam Taylor-Wood, Bruce Nauman and Gary Hill. Their work seemed very grimy and gritty and I really enjoy that style. So, in retrospect to this, I added noise. Not a lot, but just enough to give it that grunge effect.
Screenshot of the clip with no effects.
Screenshot of the clip with black and white.
Clip with noise at 36.0%
I continued to experiment with the clips and my experimentation led me to the three way colour corrector. I just wanted to add a more vibrant colour to my character. So I took the Midtones eyedrop tool and selected a colourful part of his face and then played with the wheel. Obviously I didn’t really want to add colour’s like green or blue, so I added a little bit of orange to lighten up the skin. I really liked the effect and when I was happy with a setting, I copied the clip and pasted the attributes to the other sequences. I continued to play with the three way colour corrector. This time, I selected the highlights eyedrop and clicked the blank background. I realised that these kinds of backdrops are great for playing with as there is nothing there to distract you. there is all that space to lay with. I decided to look into the emotions and add the colour associated with that emotion. For example; red is the colour of anger, blue the colour of sadness etc. I carefully added these colours and played with the settings. If I turned up the transparency too much, the colours would bleed into my character and I really didn’t want that. So I had to take extra care when adding the colours. The end result for me was quite satisfying. I feel as though I had met my aims in making this video. The colour added depth and the noise gave it that grainy, retro look I wanted. I’m happy with the outcome. The final thing I did was removing the sound. I unlinked all the clips in the sequences and deleted the sound.
Screenshot of the anger clip with the red colouring in the background.
Screen shot of the three way colour corrector for the anger clip.
Overall I am extremely happy with my edit and I cannot wait to exhibit it and see it in action. It has been an absolute pleasure working on this piece and I can already see the progression in my technical and editing skills. This has been such an amazing experience. Next is installing it!