This is our final movie trailer.
Done by: Chia Te, Cai Jing & Debbie
This is our final movie trailer.
Done by: Chia Te, Cai Jing & Debbie
Our final assignment of creating a lamp cover is finally done!!! I have worked with Cai Jing and Debbie for this project and we were the only group consisting of three people that is honestly quite challenging as we had to make use of a combination of three of our SEM models which were coral (mine), mould (debbie’s) and cotton (Caijing’s)
Here are some pictures that we took as we were making it. Initially, we wanted to do a paper mache of the landscape but it was too rigid in a way that if we wanted to change the shape of it in the last minute we would have to tear the whole thing apart. Thus, we decided to go with clay despite it being slightly more heavy. It was honestly a good decision we’ve made as we kind of made the lights interactive such that we made our own switches such that as a weight is applied on it, it will light up. We got the materials we needed and I made the lighting from scratch which was such an achievement for all of us!!
“Claying” and moulding the landscape.
The light balls that are the weights that switches on the light when it is placed on the landscape making use of caijing’s cotton sem.
Before the presentation when we tried the standing light on the huge plastic ball 🙂
Pretty satisfied seeing how the ripple effect shadow turned out well! We wanted to show the water effect since corals are all in water and the landscape we made is like a depiction of corals.
It was so great working with Debbie and Caijing, this wouldn’t be a success without them!!!
For this final project for semester 1, i feel that it was generally a really self-exploration one where I had to think of putting myself in various setting and how i react to it. After brainstorming in the first week, i decided to play with time. Basically in the different settings:
1) How TIME passes slowly
2) How TIME passes very fast
3) How TIME stops in my head
4) Me thinking of where did all the TIME go to.
So, I came out with 4 different settings first:
Then, i moved on to thinking about how i should do the “ME” part of the equation, whether to do 4 different sides of me or to have 4 “Me’s” combined together to form one ME. Initially, i wanted to do a portrait of me but cut into 4 squares, but it was really quite hard to crop of just my face and to make it so long in length wise. Thus, after wrecking my brain for the longest time, i decided to show how i grew as time goes by and how i am who i am today. The four squares would be a whole picture that represents ME as a whole. So for the extreme bottom square, it is the young me and the now me lying on the ground with our legs leaning against the wall, looking up. Then for the second and third box, there are all my emotions as i grew up, which depicts faces of different colours which represents different emotions. Next, paper-cuts of patterns that has a face and curves in it hooks together to form a big figure of a persons eyes and mouth on the first box. It shows how through different emotions of mine through my younger self and how, made me grow into who i am today.
Lastly, for the equals part of all the 4 equations, it was the hardest to think of how i want to show my reaction towards the 4 different settings.
Still trying to stick to the paper cutting, i decided to go with it throughout the 4 compositions as well, such that there will be a little pop-up effect for all of them. I did it mainly because i really love paper cuts and i enjoy doing them, hahaha but it was a tedious process.
basically a picture that sums up my work in progress hahahah. Honestly, i was trying to get the concept right first before proceeding with my work! 🙂
Starting with the Me part on the extreme left column, i made use of analogous colours.
This basically show the young and now me looking up on all the different emotions and growing from to the top part where the paper cuts hooks together to form a bigger me.
These are the composition of the 4 different settings:
The first setting is a place where there is a crowd, filled with many people. Not sure if it’s visible here but there are actually a few humans popping out from the top left, right, center and bottom left and right! I made use of split complementary colours for this composition
The second setting is the well-known Cinque Terre in Italy. I took this picture recently during my holiday and I edited the picture as there were green parts on the photo which is too “attractive” to the eyes. I removed the colour of the sky as well as I wanted to create an analogous harmony as well for this 🙂
This is the edited picture before adding the white paper cuts on top of the waves 🙂
The third setting is a dreamy place when I am daydreaming, i made use of monochromatic theory on this and i added the silver paper beneath the picture i took when i was overseas as well hahah. I wanted to show more dimension to the picture such that its feels like when i am staring in space, it is another world to me.
This is the last setting where it is a picture of a bed, it is actually lighter but not sure why its so dark in this. I made use of analogous colours as well for this.
Finally going on to the my reaction towards the settings (which i honestly like the most and spent the most time on these 4 compositions!!!)
Me + a crowded place with a lot of strangers = Me drowning in a sea of people where i want to hide my face to avoid the awkwardness of interaction with random people.
Thus i made use of a plastic bag to cover the face, and the overlapping of different shades of blue to create the sea.
Thus during this situation, time passes very slowly.
This is both monochromatic and analogous theory used in a way. 🙂
Me + Traveling to different places = Feeling very free and relaxed just like how a mermaid is feeling happy and free underwater water
This is the hardest composition to think of as i do not have any idea how to show happiness as a paper cut illustration… Then, i thought that since my other three reactions made use of an illustration of me, i wanted to include a person in this particular composition as well to complement the others. Therefore i chose a mermaid as a representation.
Also, when i am happy and enjoying life when travelling, time passes the fastest.
I made use of the analogous colour theory for this.
Me + a dreamy place = Me climbing up the ladder to my own world.
Again, i made use of analogous colour for this, yellow,green and blue. To depict me climbing up to another dimension such that the time stops in the real world as i am day-dreaming.
Me + My bedroom(the bed specifically) = My head on the pillow with my brains protruding out.
This is an emphasized composition where the pillow is actually represented by a weighing scale such that the scale is exceeded from the heaviest weight due to the heavy thoughts at night just before bed. Thus, it shows the emphasis on my brains that is over thinking, which results in my head getting so heavy that the “weighing scale” aka the pillow is exploding as seen from the cracks depicted.
This is the scene where i would lie on my bed just before i sleep and think, where did all the time go to.
Analogous colour is used as well for this composition. 🙂
Overall, my 4 equations uses mainly analogous colours which i know i have repeated it a lot of times on top 😛 I didn’t want to use too bright of a colour or too many different colour theories in the different composition as i want each equation to flow smoothly and not with the sudden burst of colours then the lighter tones of colours. Also, all of them revolves around the time I spent.
Final work!!!! :))
Comments from my classmates
Lastly, I really enjoyed this final project as i feel that it is very interesting and fun, although the thought of what colours to use was very tough at first cause there is really too much you can do with colours. I am pretty satisfied with this work but of course improvements can be made such that the composition of the bed and the last me part was too flat in comparison to the rest of my composition. However, i was afraid that my work would not look like a whole work done by one person but i guess it somehow did flow and I’m truly thankful for it hahahah.
Also, i think everyone did a really good job in their work as well!!!! Its seriously all super good and i liked them a lot!!! Looking forward to more Joy’s lesson with this bunch of amazing friends next sem!!! 🙂
Class photo!!!!! GOOD JOB EVERYONEEEEE
For this project, I worked with Cai Jing and Debbie Ong on the horror genre. For this horror trailer, we are much focused on how chinese superstitions that are often warned of and reminded by the adults. Here are the links we studied and have incorporated common superstitions into the film:
Clipping toe-nails or finger-nails at night would bring ghost to that place.
Throwing rice grains on every corner of the house would chase spirits away.
After watching several film trailers, we understood that the introduction is usually smooth, in between filled with conflicts and at the ending, more climatic scenes would appear with the resolution that makes us wonder what will happen to the protagonist when at the end.
Moving on to our story… We have decided to name our film, 不信。不辛。 If you don’t believe in the presence of ghost/superstitions, misfortunes would happen on you.
Nicole and Valerie just moved in as first-year students into the school hall. They are roommates. Nicole is extremely superstitious due to her fear for the supernatural while Valerie on the other hand, is not. Curiosity had led Nicole to find out from her seniors that there was once a girl who was often outcasted and bullied in school, committed suicide around their block. Nicole shared the story with Valerie at night but being a scientific geek herself, everything that has no scientific explanations does not make any sense at all thus the disbelief.
After that night, trippy things began to happen. Nicole, alone in the room was studying until she received a phone call from Valerie that she would be late and to sleep early without her. A strong gust of wind entered the room, the windows spread wide as if something is coming in. Nicole became paranoid and started unleashing all her amulets out from her wallet. Before she sleeps, she started throwing grains of rice into every corner of the room in order to chase off spirits. Valerie who came back and happen to witness the moment got really upset and they quarrelled. Knowing that the spirit used to be a lonely and neglected girl, she is upset at Valerie for not wanting to acknowledge her presence. She begins to hunt Valerie while is sleeping or alone.
I would say this project is extremely challenging as it would require me to study many different trailers in order to know what makes a great one. When planning the story, filming or editing, my group mates and i have a lot of art direction or opinions ourselves which I would not say is a bad thing as the worst is not having any ideas to improve and contribute. Through this filming, I have understood more about the importance of a trailer, which is to make the audience care within this short 2 mins, convincing them that the movie is going to be worth the watch. Besides that, team wise I would say that in between we did tire ourselves out with ambitious time management and other assignments on hand but thanks to Debbie’s constant encouragement and motivational attitude, we managed to make it for today’s submission.
Regarding the consultation this afternoon, we have noted down the changes that needs to be made and will work further if time allows. But most likely we will : ) Overall, I am really satisfied by this trailer and its a joy working with both Caijing and Debbie!! 🙂
On Friday afternoon (28/10), our class went to NUS to visit the “Double Vision” Museum. It was actually my first time going to a video installation museum and i was looking forward to know more about it. Double Vision is a selection of video works and experimental films that are inspired by the affinities between the Philippines and Vietnam in the history of the American wars in the Pacific.
The first short film i watched as we entered was the “Shotgun Tuding” by Shireen Seno. It is based on adaptations of films set in the American Wild West known as ‘Pancit Westerns’, a vernacular play on the Spaghetti Western subgenre of Wild West films. It is honestly quite interesting but a bit expected in a way we know what is going to happen next. I feel that it is quite draggy in some parts but yet humorous at the same time.
I also watched the film “Where’s Francis” which was inspired by Apocalypse Now, a film on the Vietnam War which was filmed and produced in the Philippines. The two main characters are buried on the ground with only their heads shown. Both having a conversation while waiting for the director to shout “cut”.
This film aims to investigate the historical consciousness surrounding the relationship between the Philippines and representations of the Vietnam-American War. It was quite interesting as it is a short film that is unusual and it makes me want to continue hearing these two characters conversation.
The last film i watched was “Nailed” which was too long and draggy for me. Everyone was almost falling asleep as we watched it. I realised they reused some scenes a couple of times. As i read the brochure, it was said that Nailed is a Filipina’s exploration of the Catholic Church and 400 years of Spanish and American colonialism woven in a montage of images, sounds, stories and performances.
We moved on to the second level where it is mostly all sculptures which was interesting. The one where the artist uses body parts to create a face is something that i remembered clearly at the third floor. It actually look quite nice in a weird way and i just find them pretty unique! 🙂
Overall, I feel that this museum requires more time to allow us to ponder as we explore different films since most videos are pretty long. I do enjoy this museum visit though, it was indeed an eye-opener and it was a great day with the class as well!!