Author: Context is Everything

About Context is Everything

I am an Architect student at Nottingham Trent University

Final Video

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Final Concept

My final movie focuses on the movement through the Arkwright building, how no one actually stops in the foyer or stand around or meet up there. My movie expresses this by showing the movement through the foyer, which gradually gets quicker, representing this movement becoming repetitive. They don’t know what’s happening around them, they just walk in and walk out. When my video stops, this represents what the people should do when going through the space, have a look at the architecture etc.

The aim for this video was to show what the space is used for and what the space should be used for.

Inspirational Video Artists

Bill Viola was born in January, 1951; he is most famous for his contemporary videos, using sound, electric, image and his trademark slow motion. His work focuses on humans and their emotions, this has some links to my concept showing the movement within humans. Some of his most famous works include ‘The Quintet Series’, ‘An ocean without shore’ and ‘observance’. I think Viola’s films work well with the context as the actors in his videos show a lot of emotion but we never know what these actors are looking at; this engages us to make our minds wonder and think.

Links to a few of his films:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=As7OtWMYPRc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyMWn8ebItU

Nam June Paik was born in July, 1932 till January,2006; he was a Korean American artist, working with a variety of different media, including video. Looking at his works I think his main focus is working with the use of lights, which you will see in the links below. Also he uses video in his other art medias such as sculptures.

Links:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZWgSOTn0us

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UXwhIQsYXY

Pipilotti Rist (AKA: Elisabeth Charlotte Rist) was born in June, 1962; she is most famous for her visual art working with film and moving images, these are often displayed as projections. Her films show issues such as the human body, gender and sexuality, using a variety of colour, sound and speed.

Links:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a56RPZ_cbdc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3DSvija2pc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYDh_D1G0hU

Inspiration

The concept for my project is movement, which you can see in my short films I have created so far. When creating these films I had some inspiration from other films and books, the main inspirational book/film is a study by William Hollingsworth Whyte called ‘The social life of small urban spaces’.
W. H. Whyte is an urbanist and professional people- watcher, to begin his study he got a group together called ‘The street life project’ and started to study urban spaces, starting in New York city. This study shows what works in urban cities and what doesn’t, this study took him and his team almost two decades to complete.
Link to a short clip from his film:

Link to other inspiration:

Blade Runner (1982)

This film is set in 2019 20 years before its time, showing futuristic architecture, however in this film they have shown futuristic architecture differently compared to other futuristic films. It still has the compact cities like batman and metropolis but this futuristic architecture is a lot more run down compared. I think the director wanted the architecture to have a link to the plot of the film, which basically means our new technologies and advances are not always the way to go. As this films plot is the clones we have created were not safe so they had to “retire” them. Although in other ways the context had a lot more futuristic advances, such as the flying cars.

© Ennis House 2012
 
References:
Archdaily. 2012. Film & Architecture Blade Runner. [image online] Available at: http://www.archdaily.com/233625/films-architecture-blade-runner/ [Accessed: 20 Mar 2014].
 

Metropolis (1927)

Metropolis is a silent black and white film from 1927, from the German director Fritz Lang. This films architecture is way ahead of its time, it shows a futuristic dystopia city, where the buildings have been built vertical. When this film was released the viewers would probably of never seen anything like the context the film is set in. Would it of scared the viewers at the time? Realising that in the future they will probably be waking up in a polluted, noisy, compact city, that is divided between the rich and the poor.

 

 
The films architecture has a mixture of movements which was all happening at the time the film was being produced. 
Futurist architecture (Italy in early 1920’s):
Art deco architecture (Began in Paris in early 1920’s but flourished in 1930’s):
 
Gothic architecture (Flourished during the medieval period):
  
This architecture has links to other films I reviewed, especially batman (1989). Obviously, batman was filmed almost 70 years after metropolis. However, they both used these architectural styles to create the context that would give similar reactions to the viewers.
 
References
Skinner, C. 2010. Metropolis. [image online] Available at: http://www.heyuguys.co.uk/metropolis-the-2010-restoration-review/ [Accessed: 20 Mar 2014].
 
Thepractitionerd. 2013. The Architecture of Metropolis. [image online] Available at: http://thepractitionerd.com/2012/05/31/the-architecture-of-metropolis-1927/ [Accessed: 20 Mar 2014].

Windows Live Movie Maker Vs. iMovie

This post will be comparing my experiences with using Windows Live Movie Maker and iMovie, comparing their similarities and differences.

My first and second video I created at the start of this project was using Windows Live Movie Maker (video for hubhub and storyboard), I have had some experience in using this software program before. Therefore, I had an idea of how to use it already, but it was really easy to pick up and was very simple to use.

My third video was using iMovie (video contributing to final film). This was the first time I had used iMovie and I picked up on how to use it very quickly like Windows Live Movie Maker.

In both software programs I used the clipping tool, audio tool and forward motion tool. I found this easy to do in both programs and soon got the hang of it. However, in iMovie I did struggle to find out how to separate the audio from the video, but eventually I solved the problem. In windows live movie maker I used the special effects tool throughout the whole of my first video, which gave it a nice edge and finish to my movie. I did not use this tool in iMovie but I do believe there is an option for this.

Overall, I think that iMovie was a better software program to use, I think windows live movie maker is easier to use but iMovie has a lot more tools and options to create and edit your movie with. Also I think it is better for separating the original movies from the new movie as it is easier to work with and less confusing.

Winner: iMovie

References:

macworld. 2007. First Look: iMovie ’08. [image online] Available at: https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=windows+live+movie+maker&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=qQsqU4mqGeb8ygPK_IHoBQ&sqi=2&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAg&biw=1366&bih=622#q=imovie&tbm=isch&facrc=_&imgdii=_&imgrc=9YIKuvx3Sb1L8M%253A%3Ben9PcjRMGq0a7M%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fimages.macworld.com%252Fimages%252Flegacy%252F2007%252F08%252Fimages%252Fcontent%252Fimovie_main.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.macworld.com%252Farticle%252F1059484%252Fflimovie.html%3B600%3B396 [Accessed: 19 Mar 2014].

Sofonic. n.d. Windows Live Movie Maker. [image online] Available at: https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=windows+live+movie+maker&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=qQsqU4mqGeb8ygPK_IHoBQ&sqi=2&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAg&biw=1366&bih=622#facrc=_&imgdii=_&imgrc=1vVzJWToclmyYM%253A%3Bqe0RFFSjTHyhJM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fscreenshots.en.sftcdn.net%252Fen%252Fscrn%252F74000%252F74149%252Fwindows-live-movie-maker-22.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwindows-live-movie-maker.en.softonic.com%252F%3B700%3B513 [Accessed: 19 Mar 2014].

First attempt at iMovie

Our next task was to create a short video on iMovie that will contribute towards my final film.

To create this video I first collected a series of short films, which included some of my own videos and some found from the internet (see references below). I also found some music that I thought would be a good piece to use for my film. The music is what I based the speed of the film around, which it starts of slow, speeds up in the middle then goes back it to slow music.
I used clips from each video to create one short film. I did this by selecting the clip of my choice from each video, then I dragged and dropped from the original videos to the video. In the centre of the video I made the clips go x2 faster, making it fit with the music that was in the background.
In the video it includes my choice of location, dancers, animals, musicians, walking, running and rain. These all associate with movement it different forms. This video was an exploration of movement for future ideas and videos.

Link for my video:

References:
Arias, L. 2009. León Arias Guitar Trio – 6 manos 1 guitarra. Available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xpcvp1CYAkk​ [Accessed: 19 Mar 2014].

Attraction. 2013. Britains got talent: Attraction. Available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4Fv98jttYA [Accessed: 18 Mar 2014].

Dubstep Ballet Animation. 2010. Cmax Productions. Available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUj6tJ-A_K4 [Accessed 18 Mar 2014].

theruntolive. 2012. Running Feet. Available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtjNA67JMos [Accessed: 19 Mar 2014].