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Multiple Perspective Video
Make a video that explores a phenomenon or type of phenomena from multiple perspectives. Use one or both of these questions to guide your work:
How is a certain event or type of event interpreted differently by different witnesses?
What can a change in visual perspective/distance reveal or conceal?
1. Try to keep it between 3 and 5 minutes.
2. Think specific: (Don't make a video about presidents, make it about Abraham Lincoln's assassination. Don't make a video about natural disasters, make it about animals that are picked up by tornadoes and then put down unharmed.)
3. Think simple: use what is right in front of you, and try to discover something interesting in it.
4. Try new things: Don't try to recreate the look/feel/structure of a TV show or Hollywood film. Use the camera or the footage to look for details that show your subject matter in ways that you've never seen before.
5. No music unless you played it yourself.
6. Use some non-diegetic sounds (that is, sound which was not recorded during the image it accompanies.) See Wikipedia for definition of Diegesis (particularly, look at the section about film.)
Step 1: Shoot, animate, or collect* footage (Due March 24)
Step 2: Edit a rough-cut version (Due March 31)
Step 3: Edit a final-cut version (Due April 7)
*if you use found footage, please provide me with citations of your sources
Oliver Sacks is a neurologist and writer; an influential thinker among scientists, psychologists, writers, artists, and philosophers alike for his insights about how humans relate to the world and to each other. Before we start working with animation and video, this should provide some food for thought about how our human perception shapes our subjective experience of time and motion.
Assignment: Project #1 - Mini-book.
Make a 4 or 8 page book from a single sheet of 8.5 x 11 paper.
Use the book to share your experience of a certain place or a type of place.
You may incorporate found or appropriated images if you wish.
You may incorporate text, but I encourage you to use it sparingly.
Please give your book a title.
*Make 17 b&w copies - one for each of your classmates, one for you, and one for me.
Have fun with this!
When you structure the book, consider one of the following formats:
- A collection of related ideas
- A sequence that develops page by page
Here are some templates for an 8-page layout to get you started: