Film and Found Text Crit – Feedback, Review, and Reflection

Journal Notes
  • Tracey Emin – spoken word element, ‘Why I never became a dancer’ – “How do you wanna see yourself through media, but this itself is a piece of media”
  • Experimental?
    • multiple interpretations, AMBIGUITY – open to audience, and intended meaning is not integral
    • Confusion? Reception is somewhat messy
  • opens up discussions of feminism and objectification of women/stereotypes
    • stereotypes within the media, aided by cultural upbringing.
    • the more the group thought and discussed the project, the ideas became more refined
  • colours are nice/succesful – no colour grading so nice worked out effects
    • RED – raw
  • maybe use subtitles? obscurity, half is sound, half is visual
    • within editing, guitar drowns poetry unintentionally – always listen on another system before presenting!
  • some shots may be too busy, the question is – what can you take out, not leave in?
  • can see it being looped in a gallery setting, maybe experiential setting, dark room, headphones, a personal piece, setting doesn’t allow for discussion
Notes from Mark throughout presentation
  • ‘Resemble me’ – ‘She can work’
    • spoken word/poetic piece  (Mulholland Drive, Why I never became a dancer)
  • use of colours are effective
    • ‘RED’ colour – symbolises different moods/emotions/states
  • allows for multiple interpretations
    • understanding intended meaning is not integral to viewers engagement with piece
    • DEBATABLE – ‘representation of women is set in stone’
    • use of ‘makeup’ is effective in creating meaning
    • could have used subtitles
  • Some shots are very ‘busy’ in terms of composition
  • combination of voiceover and guitar is great, but guitar would be softer
    • ‘half the meaning is derived from sound alone’
  • good editing/transitions, overall consensus is ‘good film piece’
Buzz Words/ Phrases
  • ‘Surrealist imagery ‘
  • ‘abstract film’
  • ‘create a mood with sound ‘
  • ‘ways of seeing’ (chapter on representation)

Overall, the feedback for our group pice was positive, but a little confused. Fair enough, the piece is open to interpretation, but because I didn’t feel very connected to either the project, or the final outcome, I struggled to put my interpretation to the group.

From the get go, the group had a ‘vision’, this was our downfall, as instead of carefully planned shot lists and detailed plans, we ‘turned up and shot’. This worried me slightly, as we created moodboards for the project after we had shot them, purely basing the footage we wanted to get on visual imaginings that suddenly came to us. Now, don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy making our film, but the vision was lost towards editing, and by this point it was our editors vision, perhaps not a unanimous one. I struggled to give honest feedback about editing, as effects and transitions were not discussed, instead applied and then when I suggested a change, different opinions went flying, but not much got changed. the film was based on a strong idea at first, and the footage seemed promising, delving into the genre of surrealism almost gave us a ‘free pass’ to shoot anything, as long as it somehow related back to ideas of ‘she’ ‘work’ or indeed, the whole phrase ‘she can work’.

Although we were organised, planning days to shoot and days to record audio etc, when editing came around, I think our editor struggled with the narrow nature of the amount of footage we had, indicating that our shoot, although based on surrealism, really didn’t give us a ‘easy ride’, we still needed some sort of plan for the final piece, and definitely a shot list of some type.
This was frustrating,  and like I mentioned, I still struggle to build a connection towards the final piece, as I feel i had minimal creative input, recognising that although at the beginning, I was very involved in ideas generation, but towards the end, started relying on the others to seem to know what they were doing as I felt ait lost within the project.

lessons learnt though;

  • you can’t just turn up and shoot
  • always make sure you hire out the right kind of camera
  • filmmaking is a very precise process, and if you’re not organised, it starts becoming reliant on one person making the creative decisions
  • when working in a group, keep communication clear, and make sure to express anything you need to, even if it has the potential to set you back, as you need to be happy with the final outcome as a group
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