April 18, 2006
I was not in class this week because I had another meeting with a lawyer that I had to attend and took much longer than expected. The other times that you have class, I had class as well. I did however meet with Jess, Meredith, Derrek, and Julie to present my idea for my final project and get feed back from them. I was torn between my first and second idea and after meeting with everyone and getting their perspective it seemed like everyone thought my second idea was stronger.
Research Video Ideas
My first idea is to have two separate scenarios going on that don’t really have to do with each other, but they will have the same characters. Each sequence will have voice over commentary. Having the voiceovers mixed up so that they do not match the actual scene they are describing will convey the confusion. This will make the viewer question whether to believe what they are seeing on the screen or what they are hearing. The first scenario will be surveillance. First of someone entering a stir well and walking up two flights then turning into a long hallway and the camera will be in the middle of the hall way so it is in front of the subject and then behind to vary some camera angle. The subject will turn and look behind and then back down at a piece over paper as if directions. They will play with the piece over paper turning it over and squinting to try to make out an unclear number and maybe make a phone call to try to get a hold of someone for clarification only to get a busy signal. They will walk to one end then back to the other of the hallway, attempt a couple doors that will be the wrong number and then locked. Finally, the subject will go down one floor enter the hallway and again look both ways start one way taking a few steps look at a door number and turn the other way again try a door ask for someone when the door is opened, and upon finding that that person doesn’t live there they will give up and just walk back down the hall way. The other scenario will have someone walk up to a vending machine or a food counter and look at the menu or what is in the machine and start to go for one thing and then another and another before finally choosing one. If ordering at a counter he subject would stand in front of the menu and question different options, “this sounds good or ooo that sounds good, or oh what about that?” Then, they will go to order start ordering one thing then change or ask a question, answer it themselves, and order something else. Because of the constant change of mind and talking quickly, the person taking their order and even the viewer will get confused in the visuals. Keep in mind that the voiceovers will not correlate.
My last idea is to take pictures of a bunch of road signs starting with simple ones and have all the images the same as in the sign in the same place and the back ground the same (i.e. sign on the right of image not centered and surrounded by trees). I will record in surveillance a busy intersection with cars going all different directions (i.e. the light next to Shaw for Comstock and Euclid in the middle of the afternoon or the light next to I-81 and Adams Street). I will start with a slow pace of the simple signs and the intersection calm and then build up pace with the intersection more busy and the signs will start to move so the viewer has to look for them rather than them always knowing they are on the right side or something. The signs will also get more confusing. There will be sounds of cars and honking and all of that as well. I will end by zooming in on a sign that says “Be Prepared to Stop” because I will build up speed an suspense and then just stop providing no resolution to make the viewer confused and questioning what is next. For this, problems that could arise are not getting good footage of the intersection at key times as well as fitting in the signs in a way that will flow. I’m not sure if I will use still images of signs or actually video them. This idea and the one prior I think are my strongest ideas and I’m not sure which I like better or will present the feeling and effect of “confusion” most successfully.
My last idea is to play around with the camera angles for effect of confusion. I will have the camera on its right side, upside down, and then on its left side, but will not have it straight up and down at all. I will also alter the white balance to give some distortion to the images. In this, the footage will be some surveillance of somewhat random things that do not have any relationship such as having the camera on the ground to watch some feet going by and people smoking at night and zooming in on the smoke. A problem with this is that it could be hard to make it flow having the different clips.