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.