Final Project Proposal – Developed.

Project Proposal: Edited – developed..

 

 First Précis
I am now choosing to focus my Areas of Photographic practice project on the experience of moving to a new way of life as I believe this is a much more open topic to discuss through means of creating a narrative rather than Everything Is Connected. I want to create this by showing the topic through a narrative structure of film and still images. I aim to create a personal documentary approach to this and investigate the experience on the individual such as the challenges faced, feelings, familiarization, cultural differences and memories of home.

Present Precis
I am still choosing to focus my Areas of Photographic practice project on the experience of moving to a new way of life as I believe this is still more open topic to discuss through means of creating a narrative rather than Everything Is Connected. I still intend to create this by showing the topic through a narrative structure of film and still images. I aim to create a personal documentary approach to this and investigate the experience on the individual such as the challenges faced, feelings, familiarization, cultural differences and memories of home.

Rationale

I  still wish to produce this body of work to create a personal perspective on moving to a new place, to give the audience an insight on what it is like to experience uprooting your life, starting completely fresh and choosing whether to take on the new culture and lifestyle.

Aims & Objectives

My intended approach is to conduct interviews and personal experience of others through my research. I aim to show this in a Documentary format to give my audience an approach of realness through a narrative of an individual’s experience. I aim to inform my intended audience of the individual’s story to bring awareness of cultural differences and similarities faced when moving somewhere new. There are many reasons why people decide to move to a new country or place either for work or educational reasons. Statistics show that more than three percent of the world has migrated (232 Million people) therefore my intended audience could be very broad however I want to focus on the younger generation as this is a fast growing trend. From statistics the age of young people both male and female leaving home to move country is between 19 – 27.

Added intentions:style: cinematic, stylised and inspired by fashion Documentary Practitioners, lighting which is very dream like, uplifting, warm and youthful to depict Yoanna’s personality and to engage the Millennial generation from aged 18+, broad audience, all religions or atheist.

Overview

The support I require will be to borrow equipment such as camera: 5DSLR, lens’: 24-105, Video tripod as these are very sturdy and lighting from the University. Travel considerations will involve getting to and from locations I choose to film at. In regards to the individual involved in the Documentary I will take this into account to give something back to them to say Thank you for taking part.

The equipment and planning will more or less stay the same, although I did not require the use of any lighting as I felt I the natural light I used (i intended to shoot around 4/5pm at night which is in the hour before the sun sets in Autumn, this gave it a much more naturalistic approach.

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Self Evaluation

My aim for Areas Of Photographic Practice was to:

  •     Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship of digital image creation to audience development.
    I feel I have been successful in understanding the relationship of digital image creation in order to give the audience development through researching semiotics, how different elements can change the meaning of a piece whether it be stills or through moving image/filmic. I conducted research in regard to signifiers and the signified which for example could mean what people wear and how they speak such as if an individual wears glasses he could be perceived as intelligent as it comes down to Ideology (what people believe).
  • Research/Problem solve production techniques in the creation of digital image portfolios.
    I have problem solved by learning how to use certain techniques into the production of my short documentary film, such as the breaking up of two scenes by placing the title in between them to give the impression of a different time as they initally did not run coherently or link, however now I feel as though by problem solving this issue it now does. I edited the audio at different places enabling it to fade in and out so it wasn’t to drown out Yoanna’s voice during the interview. Another example of problem solving by shortening the footage to enable and to keep audience engagement.
  • Critically evaluate how research and production methods can inform photographic practices and resultant outputs.
    6 weeks ago I hadn’t stepped foot in to premiere pro however due to the support of John’s workshop sessions and independant research from Lynda.com I feel I am now fairly competent in premiere pro,  as well as understanding how to engage my audience with a narrative/message.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how theoretical considerations might affect outputs.
    I feel I have been able to consider and reflect in my blog how Theoretical considerations such as the theory’s i have mentioned during my research (Semiotics, ideology and others)  can change the way the audience can view a piece, it could be something such as the clothes a person wheres or how the shot has been framed… in relation to Stephen Shore’s book where he discusses framing (what is left in and out, why?) all pay tribute to how the audience perceive the work.
  • Build on and adopt individual processes of research and production to independent led scenarios.
    I feel this section of the brief related to my intent of time of day to shoot, (4-5pm to catch the best natural light to give the film a warm and cinematic approach which worked out well and I feel this successfully depicts a feeling of wanderlust along with the ambient music, i hope this inspires my audience and gives more of an insight in to the experience of moving away from home as apart of the younger generation, the courage it takes and what this involves leaving behind and looking forward to.
  • select appropriate processes for photographic research, production and output
  • apply knowledge to assess choice and processes and be able to articulate these choices through ideas to professionals and relevant stakeholders.I personally feel this documentary that focuses on youth migration, the representation through yoanna’s story directed in a cinematic style would be ideally shown in a documentary magazine such as:

    VICE VIDEO:

    https://video.vice.com/en_uk 
    vice video originated as VICE Magazine and then branched on to producing videos which features documentary only. I feel this is the ideal documentary channel to present my documentary as it focuses on under reported stories and youth migration is rarely reported as i believe it is happening more and more due to researching the depths of social media and how accessible  travel for Millenials are through this project.

    Self Assessment
    I have very much enjoyed learning to create moving image with the programme premiere pro cc, especially as i feel i have grown confidence and eagerness in creating moving image/film from overcoming my initial intimidation for it. Although this was to create a narrative short piece i would definitely love to use the skills i have learned again in future and to be able to progress further in to moving image as it is something I have really enjoyed producing and feel i have put alot of effort in to. In the future I plan to really think sensibly from the beginning about my chosen first idea and try to generate inspiration especially in regards to developing from the offset as that is what i felt was lacking due to the failure of the initial idea ‘everything is connected’ – Although i chose to change my idea part way through the project this put me on the back foot with my whole project and research. This is something I want to avoid doing in future by thinking more carefully about planning and choosing an idea i am fully knowledgable about and can have confidence to proceed with.

References – Bibliography

 

Bibliography

*, N. (2010) Photography and narrative: What is involved in telling a story? – David Campbell. Available at: https://www.david-campbell.org/2010/11/18/photography-and-narrative/
2, U.A. (2013) Suggestions for further reading. Available at: http://www.unworldyouthreport.org/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&layout=item&id=87&Itemid=228
Arianna Lago (2016) Available at: http://metalmagazine.eu/en/post/interview/arianna-lago-nostalgia-in-technicolour
Designer, B.W. (2015) 50 most outstanding photographers’ portfolio for inspiration. Available at: http://www.feihongbo.com/50-most-outstanding-photographers-portfolio-for-inspiration/
DesignPlusTitle (2011) To kill a mockingbird title sequence. Available at: https://youtu.be/LiqWpycexMs
Duran Levinson (2016) Available at: http://metalmagazine.eu/bi/post/interview/duran-levinson-spontaneous-travel-book
Gabriel, T. (2016) Living on a shoestring | short documentary. Available at: https://vimeo.com/178014120
Hostetler, L. (2000) The structure of photographic metaphors | essay | Heilbrunn Timeline of art history | the metropolitan museum of art. Available at: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/pmet/hd_pmet.htm
inmylife10465 (2011) Streetwise documentary (1984).wmv. Available at: https://youtu.be/Z0ulPOo5HR8
Jacobs, L. (2013) TED Radio hour: Everything is connected. Available at: http://blog.ted.com/ted-radio-hour-everything-is-connected/
Manhattan Beach Studio (2010) Donnie Brasco – main title. Available at: https://youtu.be/1QtRCueFMeg
Photographers’Gallery, T. (2016) Noémie Goudal at foam – the photographers’ gallery. Available at: http://thephotographersgallery.org.uk/no-mie-goudal-the-geometrical-determination-of-the-sunrise-3
PRO, D.F. (2016) L.A. Dreamers. Available at: https://vimeo.com/153879475
PRO, E.U. (2016) Human made stories – Erik. Available at: https://vimeo.com/182076737
rcoe (2011) The nature of photographs by Stephen Shore. Available at: http://light-writing.co.uk/blog/?p=127
Researcher, I.S. (2016) Think tank dedicated to UK city economies. Available at: http://www.centreforcities.org:
Semiotics for beginners: References (1994) Available at: http://visual-memory.co.uk/daniel/Documents/S4B/sem13.html#Barthes_1977
Singer, O. and Dazed (2014) The unseen America of Philip-Lorca diCorcia. Available at: http://www.dazeddigital.com/artsandculture/article/18892/1/philip-lorca-dicorcias-unseen-america
Tom Hunter (2016) Available at: http://www.tomhunter.org/ (Accessed: 4 November 2016).
Written and Seymour, T. (2016) BJP’s portrait issue 2016, with portrait of Britain. Available at: http://www.bjp-online.com/2016/09/bjps-portrait-issue-2016-with-portrait-of-britain/

Citations, Quotes & Annotations

*, N. (2010) Photography and narrative: What is involved in telling a story? – David Campbell. Available at: https://www.david-campbell.org/2010/11/18/photography-and-narrative/
(*, 2010)
2, U.A. (2013) Suggestions for further reading. Available at: http://www.unworldyouthreport.org/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&layout=item&id=87&Itemid=228
(2, 2013)
Arianna Lago (2016) Available at: http://metalmagazine.eu/en/post/interview/arianna-lago-nostalgia-in-technicolour
(Arianna Lago, 2016)
Designer, B.W. (2015) 50 most outstanding photographers’ portfolio for inspiration. Available at: http://www.feihongbo.com/50-most-outstanding-photographers-portfolio-for-inspiration/
(Designer, 2015)
DesignPlusTitle (2011) To kill a mockingbird title sequence. Available at: https://youtu.be/LiqWpycexMs
(DesignPlusTitle, 2011)
Duran Levinson (2016) Available at: http://metalmagazine.eu/bi/post/interview/duran-levinson-spontaneous-travel-book
(Duran Levinson, 2016)
Gabriel, T. (2016) Living on a shoestring | short documentary. Available at: https://vimeo.com/178014120
(Gabriel, 2016)
Hostetler, L. (2000) The structure of photographic metaphors | essay | Heilbrunn Timeline of art history | the metropolitan museum of art. Available at: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/pmet/hd_pmet.htm
(Hostetler, 2000)
inmylife10465 (2011) Streetwise documentary (1984).wmv. Available at: https://youtu.be/Z0ulPOo5HR8
(inmylife10465, 2011)
Jacobs, L. (2013) TED Radio hour: Everything is connected. Available at: http://blog.ted.com/ted-radio-hour-everything-is-connected/
(Jacobs, 2013)
Manhattan Beach Studio (2010) Donnie Brasco – main title. Available at: https://youtu.be/1QtRCueFMeg
(Manhattan Beach Studio, 2010)
Photographers’Gallery, T. (2016) Noémie Goudal at foam – the photographers’ gallery. Available at: http://thephotographersgallery.org.uk/no-mie-goudal-the-geometrical-determination-of-the-sunrise-3
(Photographers’Gallery, 2016)
PRO, D.F. (2016) L.A. Dreamers. Available at: https://vimeo.com/153879475
(PRO, DF, 2016)
PRO, E.U. (2016) Human made stories – Erik. Available at: https://vimeo.com/182076737
(PRO, EU, 2016)
rcoe (2011) The nature of photographs by Stephen Shore. Available at: http://light-writing.co.uk/blog/?p=127
(rcoe, 2011)
Researcher, I.S. (2016) Think tank dedicated to UK city economies. Available at: http://www.centreforcities.org:
(Researcher, 2016)
Semiotics for beginners: References (1994) Available at: http://visual-memory.co.uk/daniel/Documents/S4B/sem13.html#Barthes_1977
(Semiotics for beginners: References, 1994)
Singer, O. and Dazed (2014) The unseen America of Philip-Lorca diCorcia. Available at: http://www.dazeddigital.com/artsandculture/article/18892/1/philip-lorca-dicorcias-unseen-america
(Singer and Dazed, 2014)
Tom Hunter (2016) Available at: http://www.tomhunter.org/
(Tom Hunter, 2016)
Written and Seymour, T. (2016) BJP’s portrait issue 2016, with portrait of Britain. Available at: http://www.bjp-online.com/2016/09/bjps-portrait-issue-2016-with-portrait-of-britain/
(Written and Seymour, 2016)

The Depictive Level

The depictive level consists of the following in which Stephen Shore discusses in his book ‘The Nature of Photographs’ which was first published in 1988:

Framing: What is included/ excluded:
“For some pictures the frame acts passively. It is where the picture ends.The structure of the picture begins within the image and works its way out to the frame” and “For some pictures the frame is active. The structure of the picture begins with the frame and works inwards”.

Focus:
Whats being focused on..

Time: The time of day, era, cultural, social – as Shore says “.. generating a new moment” Photographic technique and the intent of the final piece is the best way to show time. Movement as blur, long exposures show large amounts of time whereas time that stands still can be shown through small aperture and extremely long exposure.

Physicality: Where you place yourself; whether that be first, second or third person within the photo or film and the effect that has on the audience.

Reference for source:

The Nature of Photographs by Stephen Shore

© 2016 Bob Coe’s OCA Learning Log

What have I learnt from researching the depictive level?

Looking in to the Depictive level has helped me to consider how to shoot my film. In terms of framing it has helped me consider what to leave in and take out of the frame to enable me to convey my intended message to the audience. From this I have decided to cut down and shorten certain aspects of my sequences, as I realized that it is better to make it concise rather than disengaging and too long that the audience will become bored.
In regards to Time within the Depictive level, It helped me to consider sequence order such as time of day the scenes were shot and how I would depict each sequence throughout my film so that the film tells a narrative. In regards to the Era, I tried my best to depict a growing trend of ‘Wanderlust’ which means a strong desire to travel, throughout the colour by including scenes which involve lighting which is very dream like, uplifting, warm and youthful to depict Yoanna’s personality and to engage the Millennial generation.

How I plan to display my Short Documentary: Yoanna’s Story.
I plan to show the short documentary in a gallery through form of projector, as my intent is for the audience to become immersed within Yoanna’s story and to engage with the colours, lighting and become inspired by Yoanna’s experience I intend to show the projected version of this ideally on quite a large scale as I feel this will be the best form of gaining focus from a documentary interview and film.

Finalized Edit – Yoanna’s Story

screen-shot-2016-11-04-at-06-32-01This is the final edit, the one I feel I am most happy with and the one I feel I have shown my progression and development with learning how to use premiere pro. From never having used this programme before 6 weeks ago, I am really happy with this outcome and feel I have learnt and become competent in a programme i was initially intimidated by.

In regards to the Era, I tried my best to depict a growing trend of ‘Wanderlust’ which means a strong desire to travel, throughout the colour by including scenes which involve lighting which is very dream like, uplifting, warm and youthful to depict Yoanna’s personality and to engage the Millennial generation, my inspiration for this was taken from my artist research of fashion documentary photographers such as Duran Levinson – My Spontaneous Travel Book.

I feel as though the skyline in certain scenes such as the scene in which Yoanna is on the balcony smoking a cigarette relates in accordance to the photo taken by Duran Levinson on the above right which depicts a relaxed/casual looking shot of a girl sat on a Bench with a look of indifference, similar to how Yoanna looks across on to the city from her Balcony in thought. The colours in certain scenes such as the opening of Yoanna on the train (reds in her coat,blue in her hair,warm sun) are vibrant and remind me of the photo to the left also taken by Duran Levinson.

By referring back to my initial proposal of intention i feel i have achieved what i initially set out to in regards to Yoanna’s story. hopefully the audience will understand my intent to portray a personal cinematic and stylized documentary in regards to her own experience of youth migration.

 

 

The Editing Process of Yoanna’s Story.

Scene sequences, first edit of Yoanna’s Story.

The opening scene of the short moving image piece pictures a train journey from a first person perspective, I set the scene with this as it gives an idea of arriving in a place. The train conductor announces the next stop as ‘Manchester Oxford Road’ which specifies arrival in the city.
Later after showing this to peers I decided to shorten it as it was significantly longer before, I wanted to create a longer lasting opening scene as I thought it would build atmosphere to gain the engagement of the audience before the audio began but once edited I realised it flowed more eloquently being shorter and more to the point. It then cuts to the next scene with Yoanna sat staring thoughtfully out of the window over the city, with a voiceover of herself discussing the reason she came to move to England which gives context to the audience about the narrative.

The scene then cuts to Yoanna talking on a more personal level about her feelings on how she felt when she first came here which for this I decided to place over a scene of Yoanna in her own home environment to create a more personal point of view visually alongside the audio. As Yoanna begins to talk about her friends back home I placed two stills of pictures she keeps of her friends back home alongside the audio to highlight this. The next scene moves to Yoanna on her balcony having a cigarette, talking about how the Northern accent was hard to understand at first, she then mentions how other aspects make up for it. Here she is shown happy and relaxed which gives a lighter feel for the audience and shows her personality as positive and happy. Then the narrative moves to a more serious note when Yoanna tells the story of her experience’s in Bulgaria compared to England which highlights the differences in changing cultures and countries and adjusting to the different ways of life. The closing scene is of a timelapse of Manchester from above and ground view to signify where she is living now, to give the audience a sense of place.

Final Edit Changes –

How I developed this when revisiting the edit.

Once I had revisited my first draft edit of Yoanna’s story I decided I should return to it and spend much more time developing it to a standard I was happy with. Previously  I hadn’t considered each aspect from an outside perspective as I had only put together a very basic draft of my film. Below is how I developed the editing of the film, what I kept the same and what was changed to what I believe is an improved version and shows the narrative much better along with engaging the audience further.

Re-filming/Re-shoot
I decided to re film and re shoot some scenes such as the section where Yoanna discusses her friends back home, I felt that using a zoom into the photos of Yoanna’s friends back home brings more emotion and movement to this scene in comparison to previous as before it was only two stills.

Final edit: Timing of interview over the sequences:
I decided to re edit the timing the way the edit the sequence falls behind the interview, the main reason for this was so the film/stills feel relevant to the audience whilst watching throughout the film to create more impact and engagement. I also decided to rearrange stills inbetween where I thought a sequence was being drawn out, the reason was this was to keep the audience engaged.

Transitions Used & Why I chose to include a title sequence compared to the initial edit:
As the opening scenes are depicting in first person the duration of a train journey arriving in Manchester, the scene of the time of day and the point of view changes in between these scenes and then depicts Yoanna staring out over the city whilst on the train, I noticed I needed to problem solve this issue and I feel it worked successfully as it breaks the two scenes and shows the audience a completely new scene. I overlapped the title, a fade to black on the scenery footage, on the title I added a cross fade just before the footage faded to black to show the end of a scene and then at the end of the title I added a cross fade carrying on to Yoanna’s to distinguish a new scene.

Final Edit: Colour Grading/Lighting
The first edit I changed the colour grading as I was very influenced by my artist research. However this made the opening scenes of the film appear to not be naturalistic which was my intent, I decided that the natural lighting gave the best aesthetic look overall as it was continued throughout.

Final Edit: Differences in Audio Chosen
The interview with cutting away my asking of the questions I feel works well, as it unravels like a story rather than an actual interview and gives it a more personal and intimate perspective.
At first I chose not to have musical audio when editing my final, as I felt it distracted from the interview however some parts I felt did need audio just to bring the whole film together, I chose to use an ambient song to place in the background by The Cinematic Orchestra which is called First Light, I chose to use this as I feel it adds more of a ambient atmosphere and adds more life, I also feel as though it helps to connect the audience to the story Yoanna is telling.

final edit: My Audience.
I feel as though my film relates to the Millenial generation the most, moving away from home to a different country for various reasons as I have noted from my research has been made more accessible to this generation compared to say 10 or 20 years ago all due to social media.

Final Editing and audio balancing
Editing the audio was something I had to pay much attention to detail to and I feel this worked well in the final outcome, for example I think the moment the audio fades out and fades in during the title sequence helps the audience to grasp and digest the title.
I chose to keep the train noise consistent as during the first thirty seconds her emotions of the unknown of moving to a different country by keeping the audience guessing and not revealing straight away what the context and narrative is based around. 
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Final edit short: What I would do differently next time
I would keep in mind the time of day I shoot as this gives a big impact to the overall flow of the film once put together. I problem solved this issue due to not continually shooting at the same time of day by adding the title in between the night and day to show the difference in scenes and passing of time as Yoanna talks in the past tense during the interview. However if I am to make a documentary video again I will definitely be keeping this factor in mind unless intentionally choose to show different. Although I am happy with the final edit of my video for Yoanna’s story, I want to be able keep to my intended idea in future and develop it further by thinking more creatively without changing my idea, so by becoming more determined I will aim to do this.