Our very brief storyboard. Have already posted a writer one but here’s a very badly sketched copy!
Video 1: Atmosphere
We aim to make our video a reentering of the past, through the lens of an old camera. The sections of the house we show hold memories within them. As our video visits these memories, a retrospective and eerie atmosphere is created. We chose this kind of atmosphere because we wanted to highlight the history behind the cottage and the family who occupied it. As the camera travels through the cottage, it absorbs the family’s past through the cottage’s authentic appearance. To achieve our proposed atmosphere we have used video filters that create the look of a 19th century camera. We ensured to capture different viewpoints so that the audience felt as though they were in each room as well. Close-ups of furniture were used to show the age of the home. To create the eerie side of our intended atmosphere, we used soundscape. The sounds of a clock ticking and piano throughout our video create rhythm and constant background sound. We then layered sounds that are normally associated with a house to remind the audience that the cottage was once occupied. Our video is targeted at the older generation who would recognise and appreciate the time period that we are revisiting.
Video 2: Viewpoint
We aim to show how overwhelming the present can be to someone who is used to the past. We also mimic the way a person suffering from agoraphobia would feel as they enter the outside world. We achieved these ideas through eye and ground level perspectives. As we exchanged between viewpoints, it becomes difficult for the audience to tell which is which. This recreates the confusion that the person in the video is feeling as they lack stability and direction throughout their journey of the garden. We experimented with strapping the camera to our feet, holding it above our heads and using a range of close-ups and camera angles in order to achieve effective points of view. To further gain chaos in our video, we used quick transitions and scene changes. Sound enabled us to show how loud and intimidating the present may seem to a person who is familiar to the quiet atmosphere of the past. We layered sound effects such as revving engines, barking dogs and road works to create an intense soundscape - building tension for the viewer. Our intended target audience is the younger generation who can cope with the rapid and hectic pace of our video.
Finished my part: Scenes 5 to 8 on Friday, 28/03/2014.
Today, we’ll add extra sound effects and hopefully put the video together, so that they are ready to get uploaded.
Final Idea Video #2:
Final Idea Video #1:
"Camera from the 19th century"
House = Past
-> Old Camera Effect
-> Slow Pace (building tension)
-> Start at Entrance door
-> Show feet and hands
-> “look around the corner” perspective
-> piano in background (person is looking for it)
Garden = Present
-> Hectic, panic mood
-> Road/street sounds
-> trying to escape - fast pace
-> Fisheye effect?
-> chicken sounds, rattling cages
POSSIBLE PLOT (connecting Video 1 and 2 indirectly):
Start at Door -> Journey through house -> looks through window -> scared -> finds the door again and goes out -> overwhelmed by noises -> starts to panic -> tries to escape
Thanks to the last Studio Screen class, I got inspired how to cut the fast scenes for our second video :) And of course thanks to the movie editor of Snatch.