So the first big assignment in the video production class was to tell a story or convey emotion using a bit of music, some video and no dialogue. I made an attempt toward that in small windows of a few hours in each of three days. (We had more time to plan and plot and organize than that, but within that time many other things happened. Bother.) What I ended up with wasn’t exactly what I had in my head, but it was as close as I was going to get with the time I allotted myself. Very poor planning on my part. (So sad, so sad.) Music is “Silhouettes” by 5 Star Theorem. A friend of mine and my husband helped me by being talent at the last minute. They are wonderful for that.
There are a lot of things I really wanted to do and a lot of ways in which I found I was limited by time, the poor planning to which I referred earlier, and a definite gap in my camera work/directing skills. Behold, part of my sort-of-storyboard:
I had a plan and an image in my head. I found actually trying to get those shots wasn’t going well. I think part of it was that I was not very clear in communicating what I wanted from my talent and what the story was. I had a sense of what their “motivation” should be in each shot, but couldn’t seem to get it across. They wanted details I didn’t have/apparently couldn’t put into clear enough terms. Plus, each developed their own interpretation of what the song was saying (the clip I was using, anyway) that sometimes conflicted with what I had decided the video was going to say. The other part of the problem was that I had managed to pick two people with vastly different heights. April is just under 5 ft. and James is 6’3″. Trying to get a tight shot of those two without unbalancing the shot or put one or both of them in a strange position was damn near impossible. I’m sure it could be done, but I couldn’t get it. This probably precipitated another problem. In several shots, I wanted them walking across, moving a lot. I didn’t want them static, which is really what I got in the end. It’s hard to have people walking across, shaking fists, having a pretend intimate moment together when you can’t even manage to get the right composition. Not to mention there were several shots that I didn’t manage to get because I didn’t know exactly how to get some of them (working with the lighting and making the camera do strange things), and because others required my talent to be closer than the 4 to 6 feet they insisted on keeping between them. (Yes, I understand my friend was uncomfortable with holding hands with my husband and my husband was more uncomfortable with being asked to make “tender, lovey” eyes at my friend. I get why they felt weird about it. But, but… the shots! It’s not like I was asking them to make a porno. I specifically said we weren’t making a porno. That should be reassuring enough, right? Absolutely!)
Aaargh! There is so much I would do different, so much I would change. (Like the white balance, for one, and the sad camera work, and the not-so-careful selection of talent, etc.) I still like the music, I still like the potential for story and the original concept. I don’t like the execution or that the editing was rushed. I really appreciate that April and James were willing to help me on such short notice. They were terribly patient with me and put in a lot of time and effort. They are good people.
On a mostly unrelated note, I managed to create a little bit of sideways social awkwardness with the people involved. What a strange, small world.
Anyway, not a bad adventure in the end. Definitely a learning experience.