The project for video practice and editing for new media required me to create a visual sequence which considers the continuity of storytelling through planned shots and camera angles. My aim was to create a logical flow which an audience could easily follow through my exploration of rhythm, pace, stillness and motion.
The brief required me to create a two-minute film exploring the theme of body and movement using various camera angles and shot types.
My idea was to capture on film the process of being homeless and “couch-surfing” as i had experienced it. My next step was to document this experience via storyboard. I created a board that featured the various houses and flats I had lived in. Another prominent aspect was the suitcase that I travelled from house to house with.
- Re-visiting all the places I had lived in the first year of homelessness (eight in total) this was a problem as three of the people i lived with had moved, one to the states and two down south. This meant making the film shorter than planned.
- I wanted to convey that the person in the film was being forced to move from home to home and not simply visiting friends. The only way i could think of doing this while keeping with my plan to not feature anyones face and emotions, was to portray it in the audio. Various people affirming that the character on-screen is homeless through a series of short quotes.
- My plan was to film all the shots needed over a weekend. It was important to maintain continuity as the film was meant to represent a year. This meant a few wardrobe changes to give a sense of a different timescale.
It helped to remember the time spent couch surfing as a series of scenes, this helped create the plan for filming. I also had decided beforehand that the film wouldnt feature any faces, this was to represent my experience of homeless culture, a faceless minority that refuses by all in authority to be recognized. The following are the shots i planned out and subsequently filmed.
- Point of view/eyelevel angle of the characters hand pressing a buzzer or doorbell to gain entry to a home.
- Jump cut, close up, low angle shot of character walking up the stairs dragging the suitcase behind them. The close up will show the feet and part of the legs of the character.
- Jump cut, master shot from eye level of the room the character is living in. The suitcase will be placed within view in this room to maintain continuity.
- Jump cut, close up, eye level view of a front door closing to represent moving again
- Above shots will be repeated four or five times at different locations.
Process and Techniques i have learned
I have learned a lot throughout this project. The use of planning and storyboarding is a valuable and necessary process to go through in order to make a succesful film. Creating a schedule by making lists of shots needed, locations to be filmed, equipment needed, props (in my case the borrowed suitcase) are all extremely important. Pre-planning and good time keeping was important to me as i had to arrange specific times to visit people’s homes for the shots needed. This was my first time using a camcorder and so I have also learned a lot and become more confident using the various associated controls and functions.
What I would do differently in the future