This is some of the work that I have done throughout Production 2 in my Senior year of High School. Although I am not happy with how some of the videos turned out in the end, I still learned many valuable lessons that came with the creation of them. I believe that this is extremely evident from the progression of the first video to the last.
The purpose of this project was to create a Documentary about anything as long as it was a nonfictional narrative. I thought for awhile what I wanted to do the film on, and eventually decided to do it on my best friend, Luke Sawicki. I decided to make the film on Luke because I have known him for about 7 years, and nobody else I know has faced and overcome the amount of adversity and hardship that he has in his life thus far. As far as the film goes, I believe that it is the strongest one that I have made in 2016, and perhaps ever. I thought I did well shooting the B roll because some shots were dark and moody, while others were just during a sunset so it was beautiful lighting in general. With the B roll, I wanted to communicate the fact that Luke felt isolated and alone when he tore his ACL, and I thought I accomplished that with the isolation shots of him staring into the distance. I also thought the interviews went well, as I had done two one hour long interviews so I had a lot to work with in post. One of the things I would change would definitely be the sound in the beginning, because you can hear Luke moving around and even something being hit, and although I managed to remove most of the noise in Adobe Audition, I couldn't eliminate it. Overall though, I am extremely happy with this film, and hope that it does justice to Luke's story and the obstacles he has overcome.
The purpose of this project was to create a short film in 7 days for the annual MMEA Video Festival. The requirements are that the line "Look up in the sky... what is that?" had to be said in the film along with an Unmarked Flash Drive, which had to appear in at least five shots. I really liked how this project turned out as a whole, especially due to the fact that we came up with an idea 3 days into the challenge, so we made the entire film from pre to post production in about 4 days. Our idea was to have 3 kids trying to come up with an idea for a short film, but nobody could agree on anything. This idea was inspired by our struggles to think of an original idea for a film, due to the fact that nobody in our group agreed on what we should do. We wanted to make it a comedic film as well due to the fact that we wanted to in a way satirize filmmakers as well as make an entirely different film than most people doing the seven day challenge would. A few things I would change is the audio in the alien cutaway, because it sounds very processed and robotic, as well as the audio in the wide shots. Unfortunately, we did not have a boom operator to cover all 3 characters, so we relied on a boom mic placed in the middle to pick up all three of the characters, which didn't work too well. Overall though, I feel like we made a very strong film given the fact that it was all achieved in a matter of 4 days.
The purpose of this project was to create a short film that told a story in a very effective, logical way. To be honest, I am least proud of this project and the way it turned out as a whole, and it is without a doubt the worst film I have made this semester. Our original idea was to have two friends having a conversation to catch up due to the fact that they hadn't seen each other in awhile, but there would be a twist revealed at the end. This was inspired by several films on Vimeo, but we did not execute it correctly whatsoever. I thought the dialogue was somewhat sub par, along with the story in general. We made the worst mistake possible, which is that we didn't give the audience a reason to care or sympathize with either character. Overall, I feel that we did a very poor job but at least we can learn from our mistakes.
The idea behind this project was to show a quick montage of what a typical morning was like for me, then to transition to Neuqua, showing the beauty and calm nature of the school in the morning. I personally really liked the yellow tinge that the first 20 seconds of the video has, and I thought it worked well for what I was trying to convey because it subconsciously tells the audience that it takes place in the morning. In this portion of the video, I was trying to show the audience what a "generic" morning was like for me, yet in an interesting way. I thought I accomplished this because I conveyed a lot of information in a short amount of time. I am also proud of how cinematic the rest of the video taking place at Neuqua turned out, because that was my intention from the start. One aspect that I thought could be improved was the ending, which I felt was too abrupt and caught the audience off guard.
The purpose of this project was to create a Music Video that exhibits a strong sense of visual storytelling throughout. Honestly though, I do not like how this video turned out whatsoever. My original intention was to tell the story of a man who realized that he was the last human left on Earth, and to have the audience travel with him on his journey to find life. I think that I failed trying to convey this story to the audience, as many people have told me that they were confused by the story. I believe that the ending contributed to this confusion, and my Media teacher offered me some great advice, which was to make the end object or thing that he sees more "Human." I would love to have a chance to revisit this, because I feel as if it would be a very entertaining and moving music video if I were to apply some changes.
The purpose of this project was to write, shoot, and edit a scene with a group of 3 people. The scene had some guidelines, which was that it had to be 3 minutes long, contain 2 characters, and take place in one location the entire time. Hence the name "321." I feel that our idea for this video was extremely unique and that we executed it well. I especially enjoyed the awkward silences that we consciously chose to include in the video, which I feel pushes the comedy of this scene to a whole other level. The idea we had was to stage a typical talk show atmosphere, except to have the person being interviewed act extremely absurd and creepy. We wanted to film this scene as if the audience was watching a normal talk show, so we went with a 3 camera setup that I feel emphasized the fact that this was supposed to take place on live TV. Some of the aspects that I didn't enjoy as much included the fact that the video didn't have a polished feel to it overall. I wish we could go back and tweak things like the intro music that we used, as well as adding in a "fade" at the beginning. Unfortunately, we originally planned to do this except we ran out of time. Overall though, I feel like we constructed a very funny scene that was entertaining.
The purpose of this project was to create a 30 or 60 second Public Service Announcement on a topic of your choosing. I chose to make a video that was based on showing the beauty of nature in everyday life, but also the pollution that we all encounter daily. I really enjoyed the cinematic nature I gave this video overall, and I thought I was able to effectively portray nature in a beautiful way. Unfortunately, I was filming during some times of day where there was not enough light (during the sunset and "magic hour") and this resulted in an increased amount of noise from me having to turn up the ISO setting on my camera. To try and compensate, I also was filming at the lowest f-stop possible on my lens, which was f/1.8. One aspect that I didn't initially see as a problem was the way the text appeared on screen as it was synced with the music. My peers and teacher brought this to my attention, and if I were to go back, I would change the text to only have parts of the phrase on the screen at the same time, instead of keeping it up there when I would cut on the beat of the song. Overall, I am extremely pleased with how this video turned out, and with a few tweaks I believe that it would be a great PSA.
The purpose of this project was to create an Instructional Video teaching an audience a specific skill. We had the power to choose whatever skill we wanted to focus on, including something that was made-up, and eventually came up with the idea to teach people how they themselves could teleport. Some aspects that I really enjoyed in this video were the special effects and the comedy. To make these visual effects, I used Adobe After Effects as well as some white particle videos that I received from Video Copilot. I really enjoyed how all of them turned out, because it really does look like Mark (my partner for the project) was actually teleporting in and out of whatever scene we put him in. I also felt that he pulls off the comedy in this video very well, because these comedic moments come at the most unexpected times, catching the audience off guard. If we had more time, I would probably try to re-film some of the talking head shots where Mark is giving the audience instruction. I feel that he should have more enthusiasm and not act as monotone as he did. Other than that, I really love how this video turned out in most aspects, and it definitely displays my growth as a filmmaker from the beginning of the year to now.