From ‘Digital Video III – Manifesto’, this was a collaboration with Greg Workman, in a class project on ‘Film Manifesto’ groups (think: Dogme). Greg was busy with his Design Major Project, so we broke the tasks up. I did pre-production, Greg did camera and visual edit, while I did sound design. I was in the midst of GradDipFilm essays, so my script-writing brain was swirling with ‘Truth in Documentary’, funding models, and format-franchise reality TV as ‘factual’ programming. Stylistically, Greg wanted Fisher Spooner – I wanted boys in opera frocks! (Something to do with falling asleep during Cremaster Cycle?)
Thank goodness for the wonderful comic flair of the actors: Brendon Simpson (Scriptwriter/Actor, also VUW Film Dept.), and Greg’s friend Dave Siemens. Red Treasure screened on TVNZ 6 as an interstitial.
Sony PDX10, Vinten tripod, Halogen lights, Final Cut Pro. Wellington 2005.
From ‘Digital Video III – document a place or process’, the inspiration being ‘City Symphony’ documentaries. My original idea was to document backstage at Downstage Theatre. I was taken on a short tour, which included ‘Siberia’ the middle of nowhere. Within an hour of being home, I had (very suggestible) broken my leg. I needed to change my project to something smaller, manageable, so chose to film my back garden, with help setting up camera tripods – metal legs everywhere.
The assignment brief was to explore Eisenstein and varied approaches to Editing. I included the idea of ‘panopticon’ to describe Wellington suburbia: windows. The soundtrack begins with my layering of loops and effects, half-way through it morphs into Mr. Pudding.
Sony PD100, Vinten tripod, Final Cut Pro. Newtown, Wellington, 2005.