Keeping all the obstruction in mind I chose a to do the block of Pine street. I noticed how on this street there are two churches that are on this street, St. Mary's and First Lutheran Church. In order to fulfill the historical obstruction I wanted to show how the two religions Catholicism and Lutheran have evolved over time, with keeping the same traditions and symbolism recreated since their birth. I used architecture and symbols of faith to show similarities and differences. I also wanted to used the Swedish words from the Lutheran church to connect to how both keep traditions as well. I used high contrasting light which I wanted to make shots seem picturesque. As for the sound I mixed the bell from the Holmes Student Center tower, construction noises, and my friend talking about how the Lutheran religion began and similarities to the Catholic Faith.
I am a photographer. Photographers practice an exploration into the preservation of moments in time. This past week, I was in the process of moving out of my apartment. I inhabiting the space for two years. In that time, my roommates and I made a lot of memories, took a lot of photographs, and learned so much about how to live together.
I preserved the history of the apartment using so many different kinds of photographic techniques. One of them specifically being instant film. I used my Fujifilm Instax wide camera to take many of the instant photographs shown in this video. When I started packing, I was overwhelmed with the amount of photographs i'd had hanging on the walls and in boxes. I was constantly packing and moving. I decided to use editing techniques to overlay videos on top of each other to emphasize the space being made into the past. I also made a lot of the videos 500 or 700 times their original speed to really display how much time it really takes to reflect upon some of the memories left behind when moving.
My class was asked to follow 5 rules for the creation of this video.
1. No more than 5 edits before an inter-title.
2. The video has to be shot in one location.
3. The video must be thematically historical.
4. The video must incorporate High Contrast Composition techniques. ( framing, scale, shape, and light)
5. The video will include only Non-diagetic sound of one's own creation.
My inter-titles are quotes from Azar Nafisi and Elliot Erwitt. The two quotes are meant to give the audience a broader understanding of how I feel about preparing to leave this place, while also emphasizing the role of a photographer in this kind of environment. The video was shot only in my apartment. Also, I focused solely on the history that I had preserved in the past few years in this environment using instant photographic techniques. The apartment will soon be inhabited by a group of 4 different people. I wish them the best on their living arrangements. I'm excited to start over at a new residence. However, I'll never forget the memories I created during the time I spent at 431 Russell. I made a lot of decisions about how I decided to light and overlay images in order to convey the meaning of my piece, while also, trying my best to make high contrast compositions. The sound that I decided to use was mostly just the sounds of me packing papers into a box in my room. I sat quietly doing most of the packing by myself, aside from some help from one of my friends. I feel that this sound although it is seemingly simple, doesn't distract the viewer from the visual elements and rustles just enough to emphasize what exactly is happening in the video.
For this assignment, my class was asked to create a cultural montage emphasizing an aspect of a culture but also using editing techniques to show how much the ideas about this kind of culture can create meaning by using editing techniques to their full advantage. Unfortunately, I was dealing with a lot of outside of class problems and wasn't able to complete the assignment to the best of my abilities, because of time constraints after some unfortunate life experiences. However, this is just the beginning of this video.
This video was composed with five obstructions in mind: contrast, non-diagetic audio, inter titles for every 5th edit, filmed in one location, and it has to be historically themed. So I thought I would film my own history, or rather a memoir from my mother's perspective. The location of the video takes place in her childhood home, which my uncle owns now after my grandma passed away. The family often gets together here for holidays, and every day activities. I filmed my cousin in quite a few scenes since she represents the current generation vs. my mom's generation. I tried to compositionally create contrast in a few scenes with colors, and the set up of the scene itself. There are asymmetrical aspects in a few scenes. The non-diagetic audio is a recording of my mom. The inter titles explain who the people are in the house, and their relation to me.
The message I'm trying to get across with this video is how things change over time, but that there are certain constants that help keep us sane. Like the clock in the background, and the fact that there will always be something new to see. Families are another big message I'm sending, by having some sort of personal relationship in each clip. Not much happens in the video, it is supposed to show the sort of mundane everyday moments you would see if you were dropped in at a random time in these peoples lives. I chose to exclude most faces to make it more accessible to the viewer, so they would be able to put themselves into the story. I chose to surround the 1986 and 2002 story lines with the 2015 story line to show that although the space is occupied for a period of time, it does not belong to only them. While we live within these places the history of it surrounds us. Spaces that we occupy have a life and story of their own. They have been lived in and touched by many other people with many other stories.