Filming Video Art

We had several days of filming as we were unable to get the correct shots first time round. I preferred taking several shots as this means that we could pick the best of the bunch when we come to editing. This did, however, take up too much time, and so we had to spread the filming out quite a lot.

Day 1 of filming:

We managed to get a fair few indoors shots done today which was really useful as we were able to get used to filming with the broom. I was the one that filmed a lot of the scenes at this point as the technician, Dave, and I, tested it out earlier in the daytime. The use of the broom and the clamp allowed us to easily film at floor level, which is where we needed a smooth run. Occasionally, I did kick the broom or accidentally hit it against the floor which caused it to jolt around unexpectedly, however the camera held its position even though the shot itself was slightly off. We also had to do quite a few shots because I held the camera and broom wonky a fair few times.

Also, due to the difficulty in using the broom in the bedroom, we had to alter the perspective and how we wished to film the bedroom shots. We ended up using a friends bedroom as it was more convenient with how we wanted to film. The space we found to be quite cramped, however by putting the camera at different angles on the clamp on the broom allowed us to continue filming. This brings up the change of the bedroom and the bathroom scenes. due to convenience and accessibility, we used the university halls to film the scenes that day. As a group, we decided that if we really did not like the use of these shots then we would be able to use the apartment and shoot it next week.

Day 2 of filming:

Unfortunately I was unable to be there for the second day of filming however filming was still done. Hadis and Layal were there to film walking over different surfaces where they braved stepping in icy puddles and in mud. When we picked the camera I did have to teach them how to attach the camera to the broom and how we filmed yesterday using it. I showed this to them as it made sense to film in the same way in order to get the same sort of motion and image as we captured yesterday. They also had to do filming of their feet because in the end Georgia was feeling unwell and we needed simple walking feet shots for the transaction scenes.

Day 3 of filming:

Today was supposed to be a full day of filming and once again, things didn’t go quite to plan. Georgia was once again ill, and Hadis, Layal and Ikrah were unable to come due to lectures and personal issues. This is where it was just Romaisa and I all day to do as much filming as we could, which turned out to be quite a lot. We had a look at all of the scenes we had left to do, and organised which ones we could do with my shoes and no risk of seeing my ankle (as Georgia has a tattoo on one of her feet), and which ones we had to have Georgia for. (Underlined ones are the ones we could do without Georgia and her feet).

  • Morning shower
  • Drying off and getting dressed (painting toenails?) – HAS to wear black jeans
  • Rush outside – cat/slug – skateboard off
  • Society – putting on tights and shoes?
  • Locked door
  • Steps in puddle
  • Steps in gum
  • Coffee date (coming in, footsies, nervous tapping)
  • Spills coffee
  • Gets changed
  • Dropping bag
  • Walking down stairs
  • Clubbing
  • Falling over
  • Being followed by guy out of club
  • Pushed by guy
  • Shower and blood

Splitting the list made our task easier so then we were just able to film, and that is what we did. We started off over at art doing some walking scenes and splashing in puddles, before heading over to main campus and doing the ‘date’ scene. For some of the walking scenes and the date scene, we were able to use some of our friends who art not in our film group – Rachel and Will. We agreed that because we used them in our film, we would be happy to participate in theirs (as they genuinely need extras in one of their scenes in their video art). The date scene in particular was hilarious to film as it was all a bit awkward being picked up and playing footsies with a friend. The nervousness, however, allowed the film to look more realistic, as if we had first date jitters. The coffee being dropped did have to be perfected though, and the second time shooting that, I managed to get it all over my glasses, hair and coat, but we did get the perfect shot.

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Once that challenge was out of the way, we had to conquer the challenge of the skateboard. We knew someone who owned one, and we were planning to borrow it. We didn’t keep in mind, however, that I have never been on a skateboard before, and so it would create a very unprofessional look to the video. For this reason, we asked Lily, of whom the skateboard belongs to, and who was coincidentally wearing black jeans when we came to collect the skateboard, if she wouldn’t mind being in our film in order to do the two very short transition scenes that included the skateboard. Thanks to Lily for being able to use her skateboard in the same shoes as we had been using all day, we were able to get some really nice clean cut shots to use for the film with the skateboard.

We then had to work out the transition of when I could take off the shoes and Georgia’s feet appeared. We initially thought that this could be done behind a wardrobe door and a pile of clothes, but then found out that this was too difficult with the room that we needed to work in. Romaisa and I then decided that I could sit on the bed, and bring my feet up as I take off the shoes and socks. With the top of the bed being out of the shot, this allows in editing, for us to get Georgia to bring her feet down, and proceed with the rest of the scenes. The rest of the scenes that we have to do include:

  • Morning shower
  • Drying off and getting dressed (painting toenails?) – HAS to wear black jeans
  • Society – putting on tights and shoes?
  • Gets changed
  • Dropping bag
  • Walking down stairs
  • Clubbing
  • Falling over
  • Being followed by guy out of club
  • Pushed by guy
  • Shower and blood

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For the clubbing, falling over and being followed scenes, we were thinking as a group that we could do them next week with everyone from the art group that wanted to participate (no faces, only feet) and filming it in the AV studio, where then we could easily overlay flashing lights and the dark atmosphere of a club. We also had the camera for the weekend, and so hopefully most of the scenes will be completed! However, Romaisa and I were pretty happy with what we were able to complete with only one day.

Update: We were unable to film over the weekend, however we have two weeks of editing time and so we would be able to film in this time too.

Further update on day 4 of filming:

We finally managed to get the camera back in order for (mainly) Romaisa and Georgia could finish the filming of the last scenes, which had her feet in. It was important that we used Georgia’s feet as she has an ankle tattoo – something that no one else had. The final scenes were shot, including;

  • Morning shower
  • Drying off and getting dressed (painting toenails?) – HAS to wear black jeans
  • Society – putting on tights and shoes?
  • Gets changed
  • Dropping bag
  • Walking down stairs
  • Clubbing
  • Falling over
  • Being followed by guy out of club
  • Pushed by guy
  • Shower and blood

While filming, they found that the use of the ‘blood’ (in our case it was just paint as Layal, our props person, was unable to find any fake blood while collecting all the props together) was not working and it was coming out lumpy and just not how blood ran. In this case, we decided to cut the evening shower scene out of the video. We also wanted some really cool feet actions for the society, and found some people who do Irish dancing, and decided to include that in the video. We also decided to leave out being followed by a guy out of the club, and instead made it as though she was leaving because of him and walking home. We still intend to use the effects when editing to make it seem as though she is on drugs.

Next step: editing.

All the filming clips that we did over the days of filming (YouTube playlist):

 

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