Winnebago Skeleton

by oliverstobie

We explored the movement of bodies through dancing and warped seizures, this was to emphasise to expose the bodies in strength of both genders as well as weaknesses; No matter what sex or skin colour, we all have the same skeleton underneath. The lamp helped to create a more dramatic presence to the piece and exposed the skeleton further, as well as create shadows on the subjects to form a rather abstract view to the skeleton to the audience. The lack of colour creates a much bolder image to the skeleton, the exploration of shadows and movement in the subjects is very powerful, especially from the slow, sensual movements in the female subject which juxtaposes the erratic, striking forms by the male. There is a dichotomy between the genders; as the female appears to be rather fragile and gentle in the video, she must be protected by a strong male, whom are expected to have a inner “caveman” instinct where they go erratic and protective to their partner. Underneath everybody has basic human traits regardless of gender, but the dogma of our society expect us to behave in these expected manners to one another.

We used the composition “We Disappear” By Jon Hopkins, I feel the piece connects with the concept of the video as the song has no vocals which connects to the objects in the video having no true identity. This composition was a great experience for me as I had never done film or sound editing before, I felt I had learnt my way around Premiere Pro quickly thanks to the tutorial given. Once presented to our class and tutor, I was pleased by the insightful and constructive comments given to us. One student said there was too much repetition in the video, which I could understand as the video seemed to jut keep doing the same thing from the same camera angles. I feel that we could have explored further with close ups and panoramas to make it more unexpected, the music didn’t help either with the predictableness of the video as the song ended when the music did. I find the simplicity of the video has been explored dynamically and I was pleased with the overall outcome; the main downfall of this was our storyboard was created as we were creating the video, which ruins the concept of a storyboard and how we can develop form our original idea. Another comment was that the male painting didn’t quite marry with the female painting, I think to improve we would have the entire shoulder painted. Overall though it was a very exciting new experience for working with new students all from different foundation backgrounds and filming taught me a lot about teamwork and communication in directing (from how the lights should appear to the way the camera moves around the subject) along with the development of ideas and time management.

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