Unit One: Art & Design Research Methods.
My research methods aren’t very different to most peoples, I use primary and secondary research to develop my knowledge and ideas in a specific person, genre or project. I start by doing basic searches on the internet or in rare cases, books and magazines. For every bit of research I do, my ideas will develop as does my knowledge. It also helps me narrow down my searches, making my research more precise. An example of this is my three minute film, Hitori Kakurenbo. I started by researching the game online and the different things people have experienced while playing the game. My research then developed my idea to an experiment into Japanese cinematography. I then moved on to explore Japanese film. So I watched the Grudge and The Ring, then compared them to the American re-makes. I was quite inspired by these films and developed my idea even further, I wanted to shoot my film at night and had no idea how to shoot a scene in the dark, so I looked up lighting a night scene and learned. I also took some photographs with a DSLR under a blue lighting gel with the actress of the production.
Unit Two: Art & Design Ideas Development.
The development of my ideas tends to happen through research, or it can happen quite unexpectedly. I almost always have an idea from seeing or hearing something. It can be anything too, like reading something from a book or on the internet, from a scene in a film or television show or my influence could come from a person. The point is, there is always some sort of influence. For example I was recently inspired by Sam-Taylor Wood and her use of multiple screen films. There are two different scenes projected opposite each other and one interacts with the other. That got me thinking and eventually I had an idea. My original idea was to look at father issues. This was because I was thinking about Spielberg’s constant use of the theme, but I then decided I wanted to make this film quite intimate in terms of self exploration. So I decided then to make my film about my weight gaining as it has made me quite self conscious and has affected my confidence quite drastically. I guess this film is a way to vent that creatively. I also talked about idea progression in the Unit One section.
Unit Three: Art & Design Materials and Methods.
The materials and methods I use tends to differ with every project. It really depends what kind of film I am making that determines the techniques I will use. For example, the Shisha advertisement was shot in a three camera studio and most of the edit was done through vision mixing. Hitori Kakurenbo was shot with a single Canon XA10, the sound was done on a boom mic and it was shot under a make-shift spot lamp with a dark blue lighting gel. It was also edited in Premiere Pro. My experimental multi-screen film will be shot with a Canon XA10, using the built in mic and shot under studio lighting. There will be almost no editing as I am hoping the shoot can be played in raw cut.
Unit Four: Art & Design Evaluation and Reflection.
My evaluation process starts with a small review of the finished project and then continues to a short paragraph of how I got there. I then critique the project, say what is good or bad and then write about what can be improved. I conclude with writing what I have learned throughout the production process. I also keep diary updates to show what I have learned and to show how ideas develop. For example the Shisha Advertisement was updated after every production meeting to show development of ideas, experiments and further research. This helps me keep up to date on where the production is at and reminds me what I have learned.
I personally haven’t really decided what I want to specialize in. At the minute I’m making experimental films to determine what I want to do and I’m quite enjoying it. If I could make experimental films professionally I would, but unfortunately you can’t really make a living doing so unless you’re extremely lucky. I enjoy making different things, whether it’s studio work, surrealist work, experimental or even documentary. I do like to write screenplays too, but if I write a film I want to be directly involved with the production.
I think overall I’m doing okay, I wouldn’t say I was doing brilliantly because I feel like I haven’t made enough work. Plus my work isn’t exactly industry standard. I have however learned quite a lot in the past few months, not only about film making, but about myself. I’m becoming inspired more often and having more ideas and I am starting to make more work. My research, I think is okay. It could be better and I could probably do more. I only tend to research what I need and then start pre-production almost instantly. So I think I should do my research thoroughly before I jump into the film making. I develop my ideas in a way that suits me and it works really well for me, so I don’t really think I can improve that. However I could certainly write about it more. My techniques are really dependent on the type of film I make, but I think I’m doing really well in this unit. I feel like I have a good use of initiative and I think my lighting in Hitori Kakurenbo proves that. Finally my evaluation and reflection, I feel is poor. I really haven’t wrote enough and I have only just realized this when scrolling through my blog. I can improve on this, but I feel this is my biggest downfall. Overall I am doing okay, but there is a lot of room for drastic improvement. I feel like I am fully engaged in the course, however I’m not organizing myself properly and I feel like I am prioritizing the wrong things first. I think my current grade is Pass.