Wednesday, 2 April 2014


During our first trip as a class to the Colonial Cottage we were able to get a feel for the location. The garden inspired us to consider the people that might come across this small building without intentions. We focused on this as our perspective piece – The Perspective of a Passerby.

Focusing on the brief we decided that the best way to capture the atmosphere of the colonial cottage was to analyze the finer details and take special note of the historic textures of the building and its furnishings as this is visually aged.

A person of inspiration, Luke Fowler, believes in allowing natural errors to add to your work inspired us. Camera shakes gives the audience the impression that they are standing with him on location. We highlighted this effect in the Perspective film to relate to static movement.

Placing hair in front of the camera lense and using props to established the  perspective chosen. We added visual effects like Gaussian Blur when the sunglasses are “worn” to give the impression of foggy focus. Some overlays also related to glare and reflection. We experimented with taping the phone to the head as an eye but filming became too difficult.

We used Google Maps and Twitter to play on social media and the contrast of the building. This creates a contrast to the historic cottage and era.

Both clips used an iPhone 5s (great quality) and editing using Premier Pro because this was the easiest and most effective program available.

We felt some of the effects were inappropriate for the aesthetics we were going for hence the reason for the simplistic clean styling of both films. The footage was to speak to our audience without becoming a distraction of filters/effects. By altering lighting we could make shots exude a creepy undertone that we felt during visits.

We focused on diegetic sounds that fitted with the movement and atmosphere of the cottage using Garageband and YouTube downloads. On Premier Pro we altered the volume levels and used a range of overlays of sounds like garden noises, gravel, stairs, floors etc to create a depth of soundscape.

We kept a record of our work using a blog and consistent tweeting which proved to be the easiest way to make contact with one and other and right in the hands of our mobiles. Also experimented with iPhone/Smartphone apps like Vine Vyclone  which enabled us to experience alternative social media options.


The music used in our videos was based on digestic noises that linked to the what is happening in 
both films. We sourced our material from searching various options on Youtube, downloading 
the free to use files and cutting and changing the volume, 
fades and over lapping using Garage band.


" Tagboard isn't yet-another-social-network,
 it's a whole new way to experience 
existing social networks. Tagboards automatically aggregate social media 
from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and 
others in a single view, all 
         in near real-time. " -

Tagboard is a really great social media site that enables us to collate all our tweets in to one place.
Because we were so late to get a group hashtag (thanks to our technical issue..) we 
don't have as many tweets us as we would like. 


Here are a few shots of us filming on Sunday to get our footage for the final video. 
These photos mainly look at how we captured the persecutive 
of the 'garden explorer'. 

Above you can see Hannah with the phone pressed right up to her face as she 
looks through the window 'exploring' the cottage she has 'stumbled across' 

To capture this perspective we were going to tape phones to someone’s head, then we realised 
this was a bit more difficult (and uncomfortable) that we first thought. 
Instead we got Hannah to press the camera up to her eye so that the camera could 
follow her heads movements because this is key to what defines our perspective through 
out the video.

There were moment while filming when Hannah need to use both her hands that Fenella 
would take over filming.

We were lucky that it was relatively windy when we were filming so that we could get the 
weather dependent shots. Seeing as we all have longer hair we know how annoying it is when in 
blows in your face and across your eyes, it transferred really well on to film and really help to 
cement our perspective. 

Inspired by the social media aspect of our class we incorporated apps in to our filming. 
At the start to set the scene we have hannah looking on google maps to find where she is, 
and then at the end we took a shot of her sending a tweet about the 'cute cottage' she 'found'. 


Using the cocasmc hashtag had worked really well, we could interact with other class members and keep up to date with how everyone was going. Under our tutors advice we made our own group hashtag, we kept it simple and followed the lead of our class mates making an anagram from our initials. #FAH was what we would include in every tweet so that we could easily find and collate our group tweets. This was going really well until we actually search our hashtag and realised it was already taken. Our tweets were mixed in with hundreds of others. The whole point of the hashtag was to make it easier #FAH did not.

Developing our hashtag further we came up with #FAHOUT, a play on words its made to sound like 'far out'. Before committing to it as our final group hashtag we actually checked it this time and it was free for us to use - successes.

PLANNING - Perspective Video

After much deliberation we finally came to the conclusion that we wanted our perspective video to be from: Some one who was just stumbled upon the cottage and entered the garden to explore. We felt the beautiful garden was such an oasis in the middle of the city and we wanted to show just how stunning and out of place it is amongst the high-rise building and constructions sites.

To capture this perspective we plan on taping a phone to one of our group member’s head they will then walk around the garden and ‘explore’.  This should give the impression that the audience is looking through the ‘explorers’ eyes. The camera will also pick up on all the subtle head movements and things such as hair blowing across your face etc.

To really emphasise this point of view we will be using the prop of sunglasses to put over the camera to really communicate that it’s a ‘mechanical eye’.