Archive | October, 2013

EXCEGESIS of my creative project

31 Oct

 

For my major creative project I initially wanted to combine both mediums of my study; film and photography. I explored the notion of time lase photography that created a staccato affect, and combining this with a music piece. Before I could really explore this I found out about a competition run by Triple J to direct and produce a film clip for the band Jinja Safari’s new song, ‘Mombassa On The Line’. I decided that this would not only suit the brief of the major creative assignment, but would also be a great opportunity and highly rewarding if I was to win.

I began manifesting my creative thoughts by playing the song on repeat whilst driving and letting my mind wonder. I found it easier to not put pressure on myself to immediately form a conclusive idea but just loose myself in the song and see what imagery and emotions formed. This is a technique I tried after learning about Jung’s theory about the ‘active imagination’ in class (1997). The song itself already has quite a mystical and hypnotic feel to it and I felt that I could slip into a trace and fully immerse myself into it. It was an amazing experience to just listen and let my thoughts consume me without any force and the imagery that came about was very vivid. I found that I not so much engaging to the words but more the ‘feel’ and emotion that the song stirred.

‘Mombassa on the line’ stirs a very strong sense of wonderment, appreciation and hopefulness while at the same time there is a hint of sadness. I developed and Idea to film a tourist played a young woman who was very excited to be visiting Perth City. As she explored, her excitement is met by apprehension as she discovered that this apparently beautiful city is not was she first anticipated. I began the producer’s role and began to research what was needed to make this video clip and how much time and money needed to be invested. After a lot of planning I decided that this particular concept was a little to ambitious to do by myself.  Following this discovery I decided to do two things: simplify my idea and collaborate with a cinematographer.

Starting from scratch I used the same method as before and devised a more simple idea: A group of young free spirits cross paths whilst in the middle of know where. They Journey together in the beautiful Australian outback. Not put off by their short comings, they remain optimistic and create a bond, enjoying each other’s company and the simpler things in life. I introduced my idea to my new partner Kaely Ferguson. Thankfully she liked it and was happy to go ahead with the post production planning.

I Took inspiration from Robbie Studsor who delivered a compelling presentation in week 8 and I went on to create my own mood (2013). What Robbie highlights is that, as a director/creator it is difficult to articulate or summarise your concept with others that you are working with. As I was collaborating with Kaely I decided to create my own mood reel so she can get an understanding of my creative vision. Once we had debriefed after I presented her with the mood reel. I went on to create a storyboard. It was great knowing that we were exactly on the same page.

Unfortunately I was unable to complete my creative assignment due to last minute plans to travel overseas for my work. I do however think that I have learnt and benefited from the creative process adapted for this project and all that has been learnt in class and lectures.  The one major conclusion I can draw from knowledge learnt from unit is that creativity is an asset to any body and for many different reasons. By learning to manifest your creativity you will in turn have enhanced creative ideas and much more frequently.

References

Jung, C. (1997). Jung on active imagination (pp. 1-17, 28-33). (Ed. Joan Chodorow). London: Routledge.

Studsor, R. Graham, L. (19/09/2013). [Lecture] Week 8: Visual texts. Edith Cowen University, Perth WA.

Week 13: Copyright

31 Oct

The topic of Copyright when discussed is often hotly debated. It seems everybody has a different opinion on the laws that define copyright. Ideas are shifting on what constitutes ownership of creative material and to what extent of the original piece can be manipulated and resold as a new ‘idea’. It seems some of the laws can be unclear and contain loopholes. Under the Australian Act for copyright there are exceptions to the Laws if considered that use of copyrighted material comes under ‘fair dealing’, allowing users certain rights. However what is considered ‘fair’ will depend on all the circumstances, including the nature of the work, the nature of the use and the effect of the use on any commercial market for the work (Boyle, 1996).

The issue of copyright seems to be most problematic in the music Industry, especially as who ]constitutes ownership of creative piece is becoming increasingly blurred. Music is a medium that is immensely diverse and is consumed by the mass society, regardless of culture or age. After the digital revolution advanced, downloading high quality music via the internet by ‘file sharing’, computer savvy individuals could unlimitedly download their favourite bands and music for free. This changed the music industry as we know it. File sharing became increasingly easier to do, the general public caught on and the rate of downloading music excelled rapidly. This act of file sharing, although technically a loop hole is coincided illegal, but as it is so far widely spread there is almost no way to police it.

There are more than one implications of this breach of copyright. Firstly the artists who creative the music people enjoy are now not getting the full profit from their hard work. Essentially the consumers (the ‘fans’) are stealing straight out of their pockets. Can you see the hypocrisy? The other concern is the “speed and ease which content material can be replicated” (McIntyre, 2012). In some cases, all one needs to do to reuse another’s original music piece is change the key and tempo. This is now considered ‘fair use’. Artist’s work are basically being ripped off and sold as a new idea, which causes great success to the artist (Davidson, 2008).

But then there is the great debate. Is using a part of someone else’s work inspiration or plain plagiarism? Personally I think if we are consumers of somebody else’s intellectual property be it, music, film, media etc., there is a need to pay for that material. However if one is drawing inspiration form another’s work, along as it is manipulated to a point that it is significantly different and doesn’t consume the entity of the new project then that should be considered ‘inspiration’ not plagiarism, and credit must be paid to the original author.

McIntyre, Phillip (2012). Issues for Media Practice. The Digital Revolution: Copyright and creativity. Retrieved from http://blackboard.ecu.edu.au/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp?tab_tab_group_id=null&url=%2Fwebapps%2Fblackboard%2Fexecute%2Flauncher%3Ftype%3DCourse%26id%3D_585131_1%26url%3D

Boyle, James (1996). Shamans, Software and Spleens: Law and the Construction of the Information Society. Harvard University Press. p. 142. ISBN 0-674-80522-4.

Davison, Mark J; Ann Louise Monnotti & Leanne Wiseman (2008). Australian intellectual property law. Cambridge University Press. p. 180. ISBN 978-0-521-61338-5.

Short film; Baby

31 Oct

This is a short film that my group and I created for our film and video unit. I chose to write a script, opposed to choosing an already existing script because I thought I could write a better one, and I wanted to secure my role as the director of the piece. I wrote the script for ‘Baby’ whilst stuck in bad traffic on the way to work. I feel a very strong connection with the script as it is loosely based on real life events, I was anxious to ensure that I enlisted the write people to collaborate with so my vision could be properly realised.  After promoting my script to the class I was able to hand pick my teammates and created a six person team that I was happy with. As a team I am very happy with how we handled and executed the film and cant give very body who was involved enough praise.

A link to the (nearly) finished short film can be found here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSUiyufe51I

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Photo pastiche: channelling David Lachapelle

31 Oct

LaChapelle is known for his exceptional talent in combining unique hyper-realistic images and use of bright and bold colours. His pictures also tend to carry a social theme or message. I relate strongly to his work, and chose to use his style as my inspiration. For this particular Image I brought a flat pack doll house model and furniture and erected, painted and designed it to replicate a little girls room. I photographed the house model, the tiny rocking horse and the model under the same lighting conditions then superimposed them together in post production. The final image is meant to comment on the simplicity of a child’s life, and how young minds can find such joy in basic tasks. Their whole world is magical and their imaginations are limitless. The oversize lollypop the model clasps is to signify how children can be spoilt and the lack of resistance parents have when it comes to giving their child everything they want. I styled my model with pigtails, tutu, corset and thigh high stockings, crossing the boundaries of sexy and innocent. These styling choices are meant to represent the sexualisation of children as they are exposed to adult themes ant an increasingly younger age through current media such as magazine and video clips. The desire (or pressure) for children to grow up too fast has never been more evident than now.

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Movie Poster: ‘Baby’

31 Oct

Movie Poster: 'Baby'

This is a poster I made for an assignment for my advanced Digital Photomedia class. This photo manipulation assignment was basically an open brief, I chose to make a poster to promote my movie, and to give to my cast and crew as a moment. I used Images that where taken during the production of my short film ‘Baby’ as wanted the poster to be a true representation of the film. This was my second attempt of this poster, the first attempt failed to impress my lecture James Simmons. He found it to be too ‘cheesy’ and ‘done before’. I challenged myself to be more creative with my approach and this is what I came up with. I am very pleased with my efforts and how it turned out.

Its all part of the process

29 Oct

Allthough story boarding looks like its just a bunch of scribbly pictures, it actually involved a whole lot of planning and carefull thinking. As painfull they are once completed, they are very benificial come production time. Without the use of a story board it becomes very hard to make a shot lost and production schedual. I have come to learn that without all this important paperwork many problems are bound to arise. Most commonaly conintuity issues, going over time, and missing essential coverage. Here is the storeyboard I created for my creative project

 

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Week 11: Creativity and community

22 Oct

Week 11 introduces the class to Creativity and the community. The film and video course co coordinator George Karpathakis talked to us about his experiences working on community projects and making films that address issues in the community. Karpathakis (2013) explains that one must realise that there is not a lot of money to be made working with the community as they are not provided with a lot of funding, yet it is a fantastic opportunity, especially for young film makers or graduates as their is a lot of opportunity to learn new skills and to network.

Karpathakis talked about one of the first community projects that he completed, a Docu-drama titled ‘One of us’. The film addresses drug use in young Turkish people living in Australia. It is aimed towards the parents and families to show how they can better understand and manage this issue. He did this by combining real life interviews, creating scenarios that reflected what was happening as well including the advice of professionals on how to manage and deal with these issues. Although funding is limited when working with communities, you receive great access to a wide range of resources such as locations; props, transport and catering which are all often provide by the community themselves.

It is evident to me that although now an established filmmaker and director Karpathakis is a good advocate for working for the community and regards his experiences as very beneficial and rewarding. I admit I have never really even considered doing work for a community project but after this lecture I defiantly believe it is something worth perusing.

Karpathakis talks about the considerations that need to be made before pursuing this type of work

  • Work is often culturally specific and sensitivity is needed when working with different cultures
  • There is a need to work within the clients belief system, even if it one that you might not agree with
  • Funding and budget. Consider the tender, how much money it is going to cost. The producer/director needs to be careful not to commit to a budget to low, so if un-expected expenses arise you will be out of pocket.
  • The client is you employer so at the end of the day it is necessary to do what they want, and learn leave your creative visions at the door if they do not fit the brief

With the 3 month holiday period looming just weeks away, my excitement is met with apprehension. How am I going to pass the time? Without access to the media store, I wont have the opportunity to do my own projects. I have begun my pursuit of volunteer work with media companies to gain some more experience. After the lecture today I have expanded my search to work within my community and I was surprised to find there is a lot of (un paid) work out there. I have subsequently set off my resume to 3 different companies and looking foreword to hearing back from them with potential opportunities for work.

References

Karpathakis, G. (17/10/2013). [Lecture] Week 11: Creativity and community. Edith Cowen University, Perth WA.