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PlanA

A new idea inspired by Maya Deren’s film which Ken put on the course blog, included her saying about cinema task, I would like to mention here:

The task of cinema or any other art form is not to translate hidden messages of the unconscious soul into art but to experiment with the effects contemporary technical devices have on nerves, minds, or souls.

In the past time during my own filming project production, I was paying too many attentions on express things, whatever they suppose to be feeling or thinking. Then It comes to another question: are those films always do the leading job communicate to audience with directors’ personal ideology?

So


Subject: what is it about and who is in it?

Morning tea is a cantonese tradition. It’s a historic custom and the most popular activity for cantonese, it can be tracked back a hundred years to the Qing Dynasty. It becomes on e of the special ways for cantonese maintain a relationship and communicate with each other. Nowadays, mostly elders keep having cantonese morning tea everyday.

(Banxi Restaurant is a old classic cantonese restaurant, it is famous of Guangzhou traditional morning tea——dim sum)

http://www.bilibili.com/video/av2227245/index_2.html

And I find a documentary here, they went to Banxi restaurant and go interview the manager, cook, guests, filmed by Nan Ning TV.

Morning tea cannot be the only stand for Guangzhou delicious food. You can always discover something new from snack streets, or a non five star look eating house.

It looks ugly but taste really good.

Sooner, I find something more interesting. It can sometimes be surprised when watching someone doing something, his or her own stuff. Imagine a man who just came out of a café, his outfit today, his face shows his mood, his walking speed shows his mood, either. My point of view is, stories happen on people, when they talking, they are likely saying their own life. With a camera behind, record the moment, then display. Morning tea more like a medi-event, I can say it’s part of social life.

Instead of just filming people sitting in the restaurant and drinking tea, having conversations, as normal as their every single daily life, I will not pay attention to mention those back ground history about the tea, the dim sums, so I think better not doing interview. I don’t want it related to culture but human beings.

 

Style: the approach of the film – what style, mode or visuals do you have in mind? What is the audio soundscape?

It’s an experimental documentary film, aside speak maybe, short interviews maybe, loud but no noisy background music, with pre-recording and post sound effects. As it is experimental, some different visual angle or weird will include. While producing, I would like to cut 2 or 3 scenes that in different shooting angles and use montage to combine them together.

This film aims to citizens’ lifestyle, and observe them. Sounds like surveillance, which is the second topic appeared in course project. Compare to that, I’m trying not to make it something nervous, the tone should be delight. Hopefully, if lucky enough, there will be nice sunshine and beautiful views.

Examples below.

Tempo is a an experimental film about a regular day in Montreal. Specifically putting the accent on the hyper consuming society, Tempo questions us about our habits and ways to live in our time with ecosystem problems-related. by the filming crew.

 

 

Schedule: when and where will it be filmed?

In Guangzhou old streets, some old famous restaurants.

PlanB’ Proposal

Subject: what is it about and who is in it?

A documentary about music festivals based on UK. A music festival isn’t simply define as a ”event”, is more than music, and more behind the stage. People go for listening good music or for having fun, and happen things. Things happen everyday, what happen on a music festival can be interesting, simply as it rains.

My understanding about join a music festival is to release something deep inside people’s own mind, relieve their feelings through those live band performance. I want to discover difference among some music-loved people. While they are talking about themselves, their story begin. Besides, documentary is to record truth, like a conversation, a man or woman doing something during the festival, people can shout, cry, scream, they don’t act like in their daily life, well maybe some of them do. In my camera it may becomes ”observation”. 

Got some last year pictures from one called Samphire Festival. It was a “health” activity as shown on these photos.

 

The point of a wild music festival can be a lot, camping should be included.

 

 

Style: the approach of the film – what style, mode or visuals do you have in mind? What is the audio soundscape?

Examples down below. Woodstock is one of the huge famous music festival from USA, the film happened in 1970. The mode of my documentary might be refer to its style. The director seems prefer cutting 2 or 3 scenes that in different shooting angles and montage together, also sometimes put in background music. Which is a bit complex for me, so I will get rid of background music, try not to insert some music unless it’s too noisy for the film. It would be kind of rough. Also, I need colourful, it will make it look better on visual, but I think mostly depends on sun light.

 

Schedule: when and where will it be filmed?

(Focus on one or two, choices down below)

July 7-9 Samphire-Porlock Hill

July 6-9 Noisily-Leicester

July 14-15 Lovebox-London

July 13-16 Latitude-Southwold

July 13-15 Farr-Baldock

July 28-29 Farmfest-Somerset

Final Project Ideas

Ideas:

1. Cantonese Morning tea in Guangzhou

Morning tea is a cantonese tradition. It’s a historic custom and the most popular activity for cantonese, it can be tracked back a hundred years to the Qing Dynasty. It becomes on e of the special ways for cantonese maintain a relationship and communicate with each other. Nowadays, mostly elders keep having cantonese morning tea everyday.

Documentary film, aside speak, short interviews, with pre-recording and post sound effects.

In Guangzhou old streets, some old famous restaurants.

 

2. Chinese immigrant in UK

Different culture, ideology, behaviour influence.

There’re many immigrants now stay in Great Britain, but it doesn’t mean they completely get into British lifestyle, or get on well with local neighbours. Meanwhile, their inside ideology show they still thinking in traditional Chinese mentality, even they behave, live as same as a normal British citizen.

Documentary film, aside speak, short interviews, old pics, pre-recording and post sound effects (if need).

In Birmingham/Coventry.

 

3. Music

http://www.godivafestival.com/

A music festival isn’t simply define as a ”event”, is more than music, and more behind the stage.

Points may include:

(Policy), history, story, experience, system,cost, purpose?

People?(sponsor, bands, staff team, fans, normal music listeners etc.)

 

4. Old Streets in China

 

 

 

My reference of filming documentary:

http://www.indiewire.com/2014/09/michael-moores-13-rules-for-making-documentary-films-22384/

https://www.videomaker.com/article/c06/19014-how-to-ask-great-documentary-interview-questions

Rassay Trip

Rassay is the name of the house we lived during our skye trip. This island has cold weather, crazy wind and poor signal.

 

We took more than 10 hours to get there, transfer different transport: plane, steamship, train and minibus.

Instead, Rassay house commanded a splendid view of skye.

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The first day: two local Scottish artist lead us to the beach where just under behind Rassay house, to do our own painting from “marking” natural: wind and stones, with charcoal crayon.

They asked us not to take photo, it’s really cold, I think we were pushed by the strong wind while walking down the ghat. Sunshine lighten up the choppy sea, it looks beautiful.

 

 

In the afternoon Ken and Nick lead us to a forest. We need to build something.

 

I was thinking about “been trapped”, so I pick up these pine cones inside the fence I made.

 

Late afternoon view in the otherside of the sea, we were walking through the forest, followed ken.

 

Second day: we wen to beach again for another artistic creation. We were allowed to use charcoal crayon, stones, and everything belongs to the beach for our personal work.

I put three similar stones in a row and watch it flooding by the rising tide. When I was filming sea wave I saw a eagle flying across sky, it appeared in my Poetic Project film experiment.

 

 

Here comes the best memories I got in skye trip: the motor boat.

Nick is a good captain, we were screaming during the boat speding on the sea. I got good materials of filming a old dock, waving sea and many others. And I took the motor boat again in the last day, it’s like completly drop off everything in the brain and think nothing just enjoy and feel it. After 5 days close to natural, I consider myself sublimated into a higher state of consciousness, of course I learnt a lot. No mention to some accident happened in the last day but I do telling myself be more careful, in everything.

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Motion Project Process

Last Friday in ICE,our team were shooting dancing, whihc is a movation filming.

My group members are Yubo, Zhejun, Xinyu, Me, Jacorb, Yuchuan

The progress last for more than 1 hour, I think.

Our dancer is a ballet dancer, she played classic music, dancing slow and gentle. She performanced the Lion King and the Nutcracker. We lend slide rail for steady, cut in and out.

For a movation filming is perfect. This suppose to be an expermental of learning use isadora to post edit with different effects in a live stream, which remind me of DADA, one of our classmate filmed somebody dancing in a small room and edit to created double even triple shadows.

I have tried a few effcets to make it abstract, didn’t remember to take a photo as it’s not look so called ‘beautiful’. ‘Cause I wanted to keep mine clear and simple.

I used pink colour and deep blue, more like purple, to make the difference between main body and its shadow, with perspectivity, to see lining and body movation.

The light shadow is bigger, and the main part of the real body is in standard size.

 

 

Dancing footage

https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/VNxxs6ZFJ8Y

Individual ver.

https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/h2H0UfGaVYk

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KINO Processing

Difficulty: light too dark, I tryed but it still looked dark when I shooting inside in evening without bright lights. So some of the images are completely black in my videos.

In my last video, which is for the Studio Artist, I was shooting people’s legs and foot in supermarket. I wanted to make it like something low down flying forward.

I think it’s like an old story after added some effect on Studio Artist.

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During KINO project, I was thinking my idea. At first I want to film a dog angle, to look at this world. Later I found I cannot find a dog. Then I tryed found some higher place like roof or hotel rooms with French window in Coventry. Failed.

But I have to try and film something first. So I did it in a dorm, with dark lights, long and narrow stairs.

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The very first shot of KINO, kind of dark tone, and it’s not a clear view.

KINO Project-Thinking

First time I saw the word ‘KINO’ I didn’t understand it at all, at the beginning of class I think it suppose to be some kind of dramatic and abstract.

We watched films about a talking mouth, or students’ eyes and mouths from the visa office, they were saying something at the same time and it kinda like a noise. Ought to I can figure out their conversation.

Obviously it’s different from ZERO project. ZERO more like a documentary: telling stories that really happening.

KINO is a project around ‘Surveillance’. More like focus on topic: people under watching. Express in another different way.

 

 

Tom Odell-Here I Am music video. A man kept climbing a long stairs in a building but every time he was hardly reach the door he wanted to get in, then he just running to upstairs and then repeat, till he tired to lay down on stairs and panted strongly.

https://theintercept.com/2016/09/16/new-film-tells-the-story-of-edward-snowden-here-are-the-surveillance-programs-he-helped-expose/

An article about film ‘Snowden’, talking the role of surveillance in the film.