Quality of Recordings:
When we checked the footage on the computer, we realized one of our favorite shots was out of focus. So we had to go back and re-shoot.
But when we were re-shooting, we couldn’t get the exact shot anymore because the sun has already changed its position. Just to make it worse, we got told that we couldn’t shoot in that building. This is the reason why we should always check the focus, and in other cases, the white balance, exposure, int. audio, before taking the shot.
We did try to focus. But because it was shot directly towards the sun, objects were almost in silhouette. We didn’t have an external monitor to help us. But I really like the shot so, I still decided to use it.
I colour graded the shot then find out the effect masks the unfocusing.
The shot aligns perfectly with other shots. We were about to dispose of the shot, but it turns out, post-production may bring new meaning to the footage.
Juxtaposition of audio and video:
I didn’t layer any visions. Both edits are hard cuts. Personally, I prefer not to use transitions too much. I want the audience to focus on the footages more.
I didn’t have much of an idea how I should lay out the footages, so I chose the music first, then I cut the videos according to the rhythm of the music.
I was surprised by the outcomes of sound layering. With the sound of beach wave and seagulls, it adds the locale to the footage as if we are near the tropical coast. And the sound of tram ringing bell makes the audience feel like the can ring is hanging somewhere along a street with trams. However, in fact, we shot that scene at a quiet environment. By manipulating the audio, the feeling of locale changes.
Some of the abstract sounds were unclear what was really going on. But when layering them with vision, they lose their original meanings and sounds like something else. For example, the escalator and the departing tram sound like a printer in Abstract V3 where I manipulate their duration and rhythm.
I tried to use only one scene for V3 after being suggested to do so, thinking of the video is not going to be as much fun as V2. But I was wrong!
The only thing I didn’t like about V2 is the cutting between the scenes with passengers. It wasn’t smooth enough. They were shot at the same location with same camera setting. So I was expecting to see the cut as if it’s one shot, with two men consecutively walking pass. However, I can see a harsh change between the two clips. Then I discovered that it was due to the slight light change over time.
So I decided to use the ‘flaw’ in V2 as my central element in V3. Unlike cutting to a different clip on each beat like V2, in V3, I played a reverse of the original clip to show the shadow going back and forth while matching up with the tempo.
Now I feel like I should never get limited on thoughts. Interesting things can be developed even from ‘flaws.’