This is the last assignment in our communication section led by Prof. Jorge Lucero. We were asked to make a 12-to-15-minute video which shows the pliability of daily-life objects, including ourselves. My video is presented below. Click on "Read More" to see my response.
First, it did not require any specific skill except for the knowledge of how to use a video camera, and of how to use a video-editing software, though I did have a little bit hard time coping with the software, since I had never made a video by myself before--anyway, I actually learnt something new. In addition, the feeling of success in making a video was so good, because I can literally see my works, and see how all my video clips can come together making a series.
Second, it was an individual work, which meant I did this all on my own (though in one clip I asked one of my classmate for help). Not good at collaborating with others, I prefer individual working better, and this assignment is just my stuff. I just checked out a cannon video camera (looks cute) and a tripod, and then I went around the campus, shooting films in the Art Foundation studio, in my dorm, in the Art and Design building, in my art history class lecture room, and so on. I liked playing by myself, and that was where I got my inspiration.
However, the process of thinking of ideas was indeed hard. Before I started shooting videos, I was thinking about the theme and about how my films would come together, because Prof. Jorge told us that he would grade us by the connection between the video clips. At first I thought of several cool names of my clips such as the seven deadly sins and stuff, but it was hard for me to imagine how these cool titles could relate to my films. So in the end, I ended up with the video title of "Authentic Life-Long Lessssssons(I don't remember how many s's there are) to Learn", and with the names of those clips beginning with "how to". Now they got clear connections, and I think, "how to" can elicit viewers' curiosity. I myself am very satisfied with the ideas I came up with anyway.
Honestly, it was still embarrassing to shoot films outside while peoples were passing by, though I did not really care what others thought since it was for my homework. And in my video I did include an embarrassing moment when I shot a film, which indeed made my classmates laugh. At the same time, filming indoor alone while no one was watching was quite fun to do, and when I was alone I could always think of weird and amusing ideas.
To sum up, this assignment is a really good one to end up with for my first section, guided by Prof. Jorge Lucero, in design class. I also quite enjoyed the whole section, with assignments of making a hundred of collages, setting up a website, and making a hilarious video. In addition, I got to know some new concepts of art from Prof. Jorge. Thank you so much, Jorge!
The next section in this class will be led by Prof. Gerald Guthrie. It seems like we are going to make an automata, something like mechanical toy, with wooden pieces. Prof. Guthrie has met with us and given us handouts. It looks really challenging to me for I am not crafty at all, but meanwhile I think the success in making a mechanical toy by myself must feel very good, so yeah, why not have a try?