The workshop was based around filming processes to enable us to build our knowledge base. The process of time as a concept and how time can be incorporated into photography and be used as a medium to be worked in, we were shown different ways to add meaning or how to use the camera to change what can be seen, how to focus on aspects to make the picture more interesting. The changes will enhance the image to avoid repetition. This could include shifting the focal point to a different part in the frame. It could be focusing on other people in the frame, for example: when the character is the main focal point of the image and is depicted as part of the conversation. We learnt about the concept of ‘close-up’ work which is to draw attention to detail. We learnt about tracking, which enables us to keep up with the characters, as they evolve as well as keeping the necessary detail. We learnt about the uses of slow motion and capturing detail, although it may be quite a mundane image at the normal frame rate. We learnt about time-lapse and the uses it can be utilised in. We were shown how we can help make sense of a long duration in a short period of time.
We found out about using different frames and the rationale behind their usefulness. We learnt about multiple screens and how to draw more attention to the frame. Looped filmed can be used for repetition. The composition and lighting can help bring the audience’s attention into the main focus without employing a shallow depth of field, we discussed the lighting and how it can help change the atmosphere, and how it can be altered according to the application pertaining to the genre. Colour is also an extremely effective way to create atmosphere, gain structure and personality. We also learnt about transitions, using audio and the imperative use of planning for every section.
We experienced how to use the Canon 5D Mark II-III to shoot film and apply settings on 1920-30- ALI, with a shutter speed of 50, use 160 increments to increase the ISO use Manual settings and also shoot an increased amount, the use of transitions was illustrated and we were prompted to ask for permission while shooting.
For our video we decided that we wanted a juxtaposition between people walking up and down the stairs and the sound of the lift. We took lots of shots of the stairs and the movement upon it and we selected a multitude of different angles so that it wouldn’t become dull and uninspiring. We incorporated many varied styles, so this would prevent repetition, the shoot enabled us to exemplify the shift of focus from the front of the stairs to the top, we also recorded the sound of the lift in motion this was because we wanted to merge this together but unfortunately we found that the audio wasn’t compatible when we tried to edit the footage and merge it together.
The video started with one of us walking up the stairs with a high contrast filter overlaid. We decided to spilt screen the frame so we could have the angle with a different person walking up the stairs simultaneously. We then decided to invert the shot to make it look more daunting. We then decided to use non-absolve transition to capture both frames, visualising the two together merging the image and rotating it to the original position. We then used the crossfade transition to merge the frames together, we chose a frame that was used twice in order to reverse the footage; this gave the impression that they were moving backwards. The stairs were then shown fading to black. I felt that this was a successful workshop as I learnt many new skills, working with video and video editing. I do however know that I may not use this medium in my final outcome for the project, unless it adds an alternative way of viewing my proposed project and I feel will enhance the concept.