Digital Experiment Two

After showing my first digital experiment to my peers, I went back onto Adobe Premier Pro and altered my digital narrative piece.
As you can see, I changed the beginning and got rid of my name, and I made the text appear longer on the screen too.

Looking back at the small alterations I made, I felt that this video didn’t quite tell the narrative I wanted it to portray. I got the basics of what school I was at at what age and the thing I remembered when I was so young. This narrative is very straight forward and very informative and I wanted it to be personal and slightly more interesting.
I went back to the drawing board and after discussion with my tutors, I decided the next best move was to scrap the text/captions and change everything to audio – in particular a recording of me explaining everything in detail.
By doing this, I feel that my video will be more personal and when my audience will listen to my video, they will hopefully have discovered some sort of connection with my school years to how they was at school – even if it sparks a memory or from personal adventures.

 

Digital Experiment One.

After drawing my storyboard, I then set myself a task on creating my short video using Adobe Premier Pro.
This software was completely alien  to me – as a photographer I don’t really use film or video software that much (but it has been good to experiment with for this project and I’ve learnt something new!).
Inputting the photographs into this software was really quick and easy to do. To help my narrative run smoothly I decided text would be a good option to use to help my viewers understand my story. Sticking with the “school theme” – I decided to place the pictures and text against a black background – I can remember at school my teachers used the traditional chalk board when I was young, and luckily there was a font in A.P.Pro that mimicked chalk-board writing!

I showed this video to my peers in a summative review session – bearing in mind this was my first draft of a video and my first time making a short film I knew I had a lot to improve on, but here is some of the comments that were made:
The text ties the body of work together. It’s maybe a bit open ended, something in the end of that could create an end to the slideshow. Maybe the typeface could be changed for things like the school name, and your voice can stay as a chalkboard… Consider how you want the image & text to be looked at, structure of being next to, in front of image example. The type could be a bit smaller.
When showing this video to my peers, I also noticed that I did not give enough time for my audience to read the text being displayed, and throughout my 10 minute slot I had to pause the video to give them a chance to read everything.
For my next video, I must improve my timings and get a “fresh pair of eyes” to look at my video and make sure it is suitable for all people. Also, I feel that the “Lucy Yates” at the beginning of the film is unnecessary – the title of the piece is the only thing that needs to be seen here and my audience will understand that it is to do with me because of the nature of the project.
However, I quite like the font used already and I would like to stick to the same format I have used for this.

StoryBoard for Digital Narrative.

After completing the Powerpoint Presentation, I decided that my digital narrative could be made in a more creative way.
A few weeks ago, the second year photographers had a workshop on how to use software such as Lightroom and Adobe Premier Pro to help us to make a high quality video.

Before creating my short video based on my school years, I decided it would be best for my to create a story board of what I want and how to achieve my short film.

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This is my story-board I created. I divided an A3 sheet of paper into grids and placed images and text with what I want my slides to say throughout the video. I also added where I want my text to fade in and out, where I wanted music and notes at the bottom of each grid.

Creating this story board has given me an advantage to this project – it allows me to experiment with change in my story line  to improve my creation. This acts as a visual process for my vital thinking and planning thus allowing me to brainstorm and place ideas onto a story board which helps me to create and place more ideas.

Basic Powerpoint Experiment.

Using my brother’s PowerPoint presentation he did for my 21st birthday as a starting point, I decided to create my own to get the ball rolling with creating a slideshow.
Using P.Point as a toll to create my slideshow was very easy – I’ve used this software so many times before I could work it with my eyes closed! Creating this slideshow was incredibly easy and not really much of a challenge to make. This slideshow is very basic and in all honesty I feel it’s very boring and not something I want to show to an audience.
I feel that the slideshow could have more interaction with it – fades in and outs, text is pretty simple and could be changed to make it appear more interesting for my audience to look at too.

Tutorial with Ellen. 7th February

Ellen and I discussed about what photographs I should use for my digital narrative. I showed her the selection of found images I had gathered and we discussed options.
What was said that using my school portraits would be the best option as they all have been taken in the same format and it clearly shows the change I went through when growing up.
Here are the images:
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Toddler Pic - September 20001

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Things to consider when creating my slideshow:  Experiment with both Text and Voice recordings. What type of structure is this going to be? Linear? Memory? Flashback? Consider transitions between images.

Analysis of Two Photographs

After flicking through Bill Owens’ book Suburbia  I came across a photograph that jogged my memory. On the left, you will see a photograph from a collection of images my mother took as a child playing with close family friends (unfortunately we lost contact over the years) and underneath, you will see Bill Owens’ image.

Despite the fact that the two are different in terms of how the photographs are shot, they do have their similarities.

When I first viewed Bill Owens’ image, it jogged my memory of a photograph I believe my mother had taken of me whilst I was playing in my room. I managed to find the photograph in my mother’s personal archive of photographs.
Placing the images side by side, you can see the differences and similarities. Firstly Owens’ picture is monochrome and mine is in colour. Both photographs has a bed featured in the pictures, however the bed in my found image has been cropped out slightly unlike Owens’. My found image also features two young girls (one of them being me) where as Owens’ image only has one girl, but you can see the toys/mess in her bedroom more clearly than my image.
Just by viewing the images side by side, you can see what style of photography has been used to capture these two very different moments. Owens has taken more of a Documental approach to his image. His image shows the entire room, the girl sitting on the bed and the mess all over the floor. By taking this image he wanted to show the viewer the whole scenario as well as documenting the life of this young girl in this situation, where as my found photograph has been taken in more of a snapshot style. My photograph focuses more on myself and my play mate and the toys I have been playing with.  The angle of my found image is pretty much in line with my eyes  and the format of who my room has been portrayed may suggest that a “point and shoot” camera has been used, whereas in Bill Owens’ picture the whole room is displayed suggesting that a wide angle lens has been used.

Myself aged 5.

Myself aged 5.

Bill Owens Image.

Secondary Research: Bill Owens

Bill Owens Suburbia
Owens creates this narrative structure through photographing a suburban community in America, and then using the subjects quotes as a caption that is on the same page as the image. Each piece of text adds an amount of information to each portrait.Although, having this narrative form, the book focuses on the migration of the city folk moving to the suburbs.

“The migration was all around him – it was as if he was being swallowed up in it. Everywhere he turned, houses were springing up, row upon row; what had been farmland one day was a city the next… And there, around him every day, was this new, stunning social phenomenon. And so he began photographing it – understanding that he was witnessing something special, that these people were in the best American way buying not just houses, but dreams of a better life.” – Owens, S (1999). Suburbia. New York: Fotofolio. 5.

Analysis:
When flicking through this book I discovered that Owens has a very documental approach to photographing people of the suburbs and their surroundings.
When looking at the images throughout the book, all the captions that accompany the pictures are created by the people featured in the photograph. This gives the images a more personal response for the viewers to read – it tells us THEIR and makes the pictures look less documental.
One picture in particular grabbed my attention in particular – it is I wanted Christina to learn some responsibility for cleaning her room, but it didn’t work. In this image, there is a young girl sitting on a bed in a room full of toys that looks messy. Looking at this image jogged my memory of a photograph that my mother took of me at a similar age, and in a similar situation (I thought it would be good to display all my toys from my chest all over the floor in my bedroom). I really liked how this image managed to jog my memory and allowed me to have a little bit of a laugh at the image due to the humorous caption. Having this effect on his is something I would love to be able to encorporate with my images in my publication.

Having captions to go with the images is something I would like to consider as one of my outcomes for my publication for this project. Having short, simple captions will help to give my audience an insight into my personal life – making it personal both to me and my viewers.

I wanted Christina to learn some responsibility for cleaning her room, but it didn’t work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We enjoy having these things.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday afternoon we get it together. I cook the steak and my wife makes the salad.