*Warning contains profanity*
This is the first of 5 different short videos telling the story of the murder of 4 friends in the woods on Halloween night. The videos can be navigated through the Cards tabs on YouTube. In an attempt to keep this as raw and realistic as possible I decided to leave in dialogue between my friends that contains profanity rather than attempting to edit it all out, so just a heads up if that may offend anyone.
The Whale hunt is one man’s narrative journey through a series of many images. What stands out about this work is the various organization options given to view the images. The options of mosaic, timeline, and pinwheel all give an artistic flare towards the organization of the images that encourages the viewer to view different segments of images. This work is narrative and tells a successful story while giving the viewer the feeling of experiencing the trip for themselves through the many images. Furthermore the viewer is given the opportunity to dig a little deeper and gain more information through info given in a stylistic fashion at the bottom of the screen below the image. Finally, this work does have cinematic qualities due to the fact that it feels a lot like an extended montage sequence.
What makes YouTube series most successful is when the content creator has a passion for the content that they are creating. It’s very transparent to viewers when the content creator doesn’t have a passion for their subject matter. Google’s resource material for YouTube recommends finding a niche that the content creator can be very passionate about and the die hard fans of the subject will get passionate about. This passion combined with a creative strategy for continued quality content makes for a successful series.
One of my favorite YouTube web series is Good Mythical Morning with Rhett and Link. This series is a morning talk show staring two best friends who either discuss fascinating and comical subjects together or play goofy and often gross gameshows. This show is so successful because of it’s hosts. Rhett and Link’s dialogue play well off of each other and it’s very apparent that they’re having a good time together because of their friendship. When watching the show it feels like watching a couple good buddies hanging out and the viewer gets the opportunity to be a part of it. Furthermore, the show learns and adapts from successful themes from popular episodes and creates a repetition with slight alteration of those themes to create more popular episodes.
The film Run Lola Run allows itself to explore time in many different ways. The film utilizes slow motion, quick cuts of still images, and even maintains the same amount of screen-time per segment to manipulate the viewers perception of time. Even through all this it keeps the viewer from becoming disoriented by keeping continuity. An example of continuity in the film is the fact that Lola is generally running from right to left. Attention to detail like this is very important since the film jumps around in time a good amount. They smartly combat that by giving around twenty minutes of screen time to every sequence. The film is experimental in filming styles and time manipulation but keeps the classic style through solid continuity editing techniques.
For this first loop I showed time slowly with a single shot and slow motion.
For the second loop I showed three separate fast-paced shots of a flip then put the shots together to demonstrate continuity.
For the last loop I showed time in a rhythmic way with music and continuity.
The camera angles I used as well as quick cuts provided a dramatic feel without the need of music. I could’ve varied my shots more, for example I didn’t have many long shots but did have a lot of close shots. With that said, the close shots worked well in my opinion since it kept the scene feeling dramatic within such a short amount of time. A variety of shot distance could’ve made the overall scene more interesting although with the time constraints I feel like it worked. A long shot of the car driving such as a drone shot could’ve worked really well although I decided to focus on keeping the camera stationary since that was encouraged for the assignment. Overall I think the scene told a complete story within a short time and left just enough information unknown so that the viewer could interpret some of it as they pleased. The sound effects added some drama, for example the car door beeping as the man exited, although I feel like the camera work itself accomplished that just fine. The continuity of the seen feels mostly natural, especially when the man is getting into the car, although it could be improved with a few more shots of the drive itself. A scene of the car slowing down or entering the parking lot could’ve made it slightly more natural. I feel like the video worked as a whole, even with stationary camera work, although I do think it could be improved with some moving camera shots.
For this assignment I chose the scene in the first Hangover movie when the gang wakes up in the hotel suite and sees the complete mess that it’s in.
This first shot is a medium shot panning across the room for a sense of space and a sense of the condition that the hotel room is left in.
The second shot is a medium long shot and continues the pan in a different part of the room.
Next we get a long shot down a hallway to see more of the mess that has been made as well as a chicken that somehow got into the room the night before.
Here we get a close up on Stu’s face as well as seeing a woman leaving the room quietly in the background.
Now we get a long shot/extreme long shot and see Stu struggle to get up while looking at the state of the room.
Then we get a close up on Stu’s face and see his confusion both from his expression and the camera movement as it follows his face.
Lastly we see a medium long shot of Stu sitting on a couch as he tries to piece together what has happened.
These shots did a great job of building the confusion and giving a sense of the mess that the space was in.
For this assignment I decided to film a murder scene with hints towards it being possible gang violence.
One of the biggest automatisms in digital video today is the fact that we are all video makers in some way. For example, all modern phones come equipped with a high definition camera that most all of us utilize. Despite this, most of us don’t realize we’re practicing cinematography while doing this. Some common examples of this “everyday cinematography” includes viral videos, Instagram clips, and even six-second vine videos. Some of us take our, possibly subconscious, interest in cinematography to the next level and become content creators on websites such as YouTube. Content creation in this way is fascinating due to the popularity that can be achieved by these amateur cinematographers.
Some would argue that this easily accessible kind of cinematic content creation is lowering the standard for quality content as a whole. Additionally, when we consider that this kind of video content is free and readily available, it becomes apparent that it would be utilized as a form of entertainment more often than going to a movie theater. Consumers today especially value the convenience of this kind of video content. We value convenience so much so, that we’re often willing to wait for a movie to finish its theatrical screening and become available digitally before we view it. This was previously impossible since one of the only ways to view a film was seeing it during it’s commercial run.
For reasons such as these, Rodowick believes theatrical screenings serve a different purpose in today’s society than they used to. He states, “Theatrical screening of films is a marketing device to enhance video/DVD and to prompt and sustain franchises in toys, games, and related sources of revenue.” (Rodowick, 27) The idea is that the commercial run of a movie in theaters is used to excite and hype up the audience for more revenue in the future. An interesting example is the massive box office success, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Since Disney purchased the rights to Star Wars it has mainstreamed merchandise production, sequels, and spinoffs of the franchise all in to one company. This allows them to very easily utilize a commercial run at the box office as a ploy for more revenue through additional means. This is why the artistic value of theatrical cinema is in danger and why we need to be aware of it.
My name is Zach and this is my first semester at WSU Vancouver. I’m planning to major in DTC and am super excited to gain experience from the CMDC program.