Thursday, 13 January 2011

My ideas for my film and what I have decided on.

My first ideas were to produce a piece about sleep. Not entirely an educational piece about sleep but I just wanted to see what I looked like when I woke up and what I looked like as I was falling asleep.
I was one of those things I have always been interested in but never explored.
The processes and what happens to you when you wake up are so different to what happens when you fall asleep. You forget when you fell asleep and have no recollection of it but you remember every when you wake up. I determine this is due to the relaxation of falling asleep and your mind drifting into sleep and the pain of waking up and moving back in conciousness.
I was going to try to film myself falling asleep and contrast it with me waking up.
After realising that the film was to be filmed on a pocket camera I realised all I had was my phone and that I wasn't going to be able to set timers for my phone to turn on and start recording as I would be able to with higher technology but that isn't the point of the project.
After considering new ideas and struggling to find something to do I started to think about filming when I woke up.
I would wake up and film things around my room but because the quality of my phone camera is so low it wouldn't pick up any detail apart from the soft fragment of light shining from the top of my curtains.
This interest me and a few morning I would wake up and film the same light coming through into my room.

After a few clips I thought about maybe focusing my project on those little fragments of light that interest you when you see them but don't really control your attention for too long.
I found that these fragments of light happen everywhere you look.
After finding my focus. I could film edit and complete my work.

My favorite films within the elective to accompany my notes.

Jean Cocteau's Blood of a Poet I would say was the most striking film we watched. It was so strange and the use of the mouths on the hands and that kind of effect in 1930 was amazing.

Although I am stating my favorite films within our elective I also want to show which films I didn't like.
Robert Wiene's The Cabinet of Dr Caligari was a bit abstract for me and I felt slightly discomforted.

Maya Deren's Meshes of the Afternoon was a film I had previously seen and enjoyed. When first seeing this film I was not educated at all about avant garde and what it meant.
I feel this film shows a varied account of shots and meanings that portray avant garde well.

There is something about Yoko Ono's piece One that intrigues me so much about film. The tranquillity in the film is so overwhelming. The way she completely discharges the act of striking a match. Something that is usually such a fast motion is slowed down to show its beauty.

Blow Job by Andy Warhol is such a great concept.
Denying the viewer of where the main focus usually is and looking at the aspects you don't consider.
The immature side of me finds this amusing but the mature side is intrigued to know what will happen.

Man Ray.
After viewing the Le Retour A La Raison film it changed my perspective of avant garde.
Great use of light and imagery.