Assignment 3 – Ego, Research on Colour Theory

At last! We delve into the world of colour! To be able to use colour tastefully in our designs, we must first have an understanding of colour theory and the methods of pairing colours together.

To start off, we have the colour wheel.

Primary colours, secondary colours and tertiary colours

 

Colour is important in all disciplines of art as it is able to convey different emotions as well as portray different moods which the character may be in.

The usage of colour in set design can also give a context or background of a character.

Monochromatic

Monochromatic uses different values of the same colour. This enables the artist to achieve depth and tone to their art work.

 

Direct Harmony 

Direct harmony or Complimentary pairing is the usage of a colour directly opposite each other on the colour wheel. This creates a great contrasts in your composition. However, your colour palette will be mostly limited to 2 colours. This pairing is mostly used in simple graphics with few elements.

Split Commentary

For split commentary, instead of taking the adjacent colour, we would be taking the two beside it. This leaves the composition with a less striking or contrasting composition.

Triadic Harmony

Another variation of Split commentary, this involves colours with equal distance between each other, forming a triangle. As you can see, it forms a very contrasting composition as well.

Analogous Harmony

Analogous harmony is the use of the colours next to each other. This creates a pleasing composition on the eye. However, it can be mistaken for a monochromatic composition as it follows a gradient.

 

Tetradic Harmony

An evolution from This is a more complex form of colour harmony as it involves 4 colours. This is mainly used for designs with many components as well as characters.

Mnemosyne Scent – Group Assignment

For this project, I was lucky enough to have Hannah as my group mate!!! We share many similar interests, one of them being our love for water.

 

Idealization:

Hannah and I decided the good scent to be the smell of chlorine as we both enjoy being in the waters. Me swimming, and her surfing at Wavehouse. You can refer to my previous Mnemosyne post to read more about my relationship with chlorine!

We started to break down the elements of chlorine, and what we would use to represent them.

We start off with the scent of chlorine. It has a very sterile scent to it and you would often associate it with cleanness. Therefore, we wanted to use a material which was translucent.

Secondly, the smell of chlorine is distinct as the top note pierces your nostrils. This is also accompanied by the pain you feel when you open your eyes underwater and the chlorine stings your eyes. This was why we wanted to have sharp edges in our composition.

 

In contrast, our bad scent was the smell of rain, especially when it hits pavements and roads which gives off that humid and musty smell. We also associate this smell to bad experiences in our lives.

Back in secondary 2, I broke my arm riding a skateboard. This resulted in my arm being in a cast for about 6 months (sadly, I do not have any photos of it). Every time it rained, the bones in my left arm would ache, causing me distress.

We also started to think of how rain interacts with its surrounding, cascading off buildings and cleaning its impurities, which makes rain murky.

 

To replicate this feeling, we wanted to have dull/dirty colours to represent rain, as well as a more matte finish for the object representing rain to show a contrast between the smooth surface of acrylic and the gritty feeling of the plastic bottles.

Research:

We set out on our project with the idea of a wave form in mind. As we wanted the wave to be translucent, acrylic was the material of choice. I started to search for wave forms made out of glass or acrylic so that we could emulate a similar effect onto our accessory piece.

We also searched for various types of masks and we really liked the look of the mask from phantom of the opera as you could still see the wearer’s face.

The reason why we chose a mask was because how we look like is a large part of our identity, to have a mask covering a part of your face would also mean that the object has great significance to us.

We really liked the idea of a wave sprouting out of the mask to show the dynamism of a wave.

 

Process:

Throughout the process, I will be going into detail on the reasons behind our various decision makings. Let us begin!

Planning how the pieces would fit together. Initially I went with a more flat approach of sticking the pieces by just following the  contours of the mask. However, Hannah pointed out that this would not make the piece dynamic and interesting to look at.

We then went with the approach of having the pieces jut out. To hold them in place, we used blue-tac initially. However, this soon became a problem when more pieces were added. We moved on to masking tape after that and it managed to hold its form much better.

Yay! This was the structure we settled on after trying to fit the pieces of acrylic to form a good composition!

Little did we know, that it was the beginning of our nightmare.

We began to glue the pieces of acrylic together. However, because there were so many individual pieces, it became apparent that this would be a very long process because we had to hold each piece in place till the glue dried (it took forever).

We even went to the extent of using a heat gun to try and speed up the process. However, that didn’t work which is why we went back to using acrylic glue. It also smelled really bad which explains Hannah’s face.

We incorporated composition elements such as the golden ratio to form the wave so as to make it more pleasing to look at. We used white shards to represent goggles as it allows you to see underwater.

We also made some adjustments to the mask by cutting away the forehead segment of it as we realised that the white portion of the mask was distracting and took attention away from the wave.

We also used a heat gun to bend the acrylic tube to fit on Hannah’s shoulder. Unfortunately, we did not take any process shots for this part as Hannah was busy working on the Jig-Saw cutting up the acrylic pieces while I was bending the acrylic tube.

The next step was to create the object which represented rain. This was made using plastic bottle scraps. I cut long strips of plastic bottles and I used the heat gun to get them into a more organic and random shape, resembling the cascading of water.

I used the soldering rod to melt the plastic bottles together instead of using a hot glue gun to stick them together as the glue gun would be too hot and further distort the shape of the plastics.

After joining substantial pieces of acrylic together, we began to paint the plastic with grey and brown to represent impurities found in rain.

All we had left to do was attach all the pieces together and polish the acrylic pieces! In the following compositions, you would be able to see a strip of reflective metal. This is to show the universality of water and how it takes up form as well as the elements in its surrounding, therefore a perfect reflection of its environment.

Initially, it was a wide piece of metal sheet i wanted to use. However, as it was meant to be our Sub Ordinate, I had to trim it down till it was just a thin strip.

Altogether now!

We will be updating our final costume on the day of the final fashion runway! Do stay tuned for that!

Forrest Gump – Final Outcomes

 

Overall, I am very pleased with how everything turned out in the end! I really enjoyed this assignment as I got to experience a traditional print medium which was screen printing!! (Spoiler alert: It is really tough and I have so much respect for people who used to do it)

Here are some of the shots of my process of silkscreening my classmates kindly helped me take.

 

This is a comparison between my first screen and my final screen! I noticed the loss of details in the first print which is why I refined the second one to add in more details.

The details really brought a lot more out of my composition and it looked great on my bag!

 

Thank you everyone for your help!!

(Special mention to this song for setting the mood when I was about to print onto my tote bag)

 

 

Forrest Gump – Process

“Classes dull your mind, destroys the potential for authentic creativity.”  – A Beautiful Mind (2001)

The first concept I had for this quote was to have a child looking out of a classroom window. This would show the mind being trapped in an environment which it is longing to escape from.

I filled the window with a variety of things to represent different expressions and forms of creativity, such as musical instruments and intertwining vines to have a vibrant composition, showing a stark contrast between the monotonous life in a classroom, versus what life could be.

This is a summary of the steps I took to complete the first composition.

I faced much difficulty in trying to make the objects in the window visible to accurately represent the objects. As the initial image was with colour, it be came washed out once I applied the threshold filter.


Some of the comments Mimi gave me were:

  • Too literal representation of a class
  • Not an interesting composition to look at
  • Objects in the window hard to visualise

I started to think of how else I could make my composition more interesting. I also wanted to convey the idea of creativity fleeing away from the mind, being unattainable.

To do this, I wanted to have people being dragged/weighed down by something, as though they were downing, to evoke the message of being restricted and limited.

These are several images I found of people falling. Next, I had to show an object dragging him down. To do this, I used books as a semiotic to represent the idea of education.

For the idea of creativity, I went with paint splashes to give a vibrant yet simple composition. This is much simpler than the previous object I used to represent creativity.

You can see that the hands of the subject never touches creativity. This subtle touch was to give tension  and suspense to the composition. It also meant that until you let go of this stigma which education presents, creativity will always be a struggle to reach.

I chose the back drop to be space as it would be dragging the subject into the abyss of monotony. The backdrop would also add implied lines to allow the audience to focus on the subject. However, looking back at the composition, I could use a little less of the stars as it distracts the audience.

These are the final 2 compositions I came up with. I went with the white one instead of the black as I felt that the subject was too drowned out in the darkness.

 

“It’s not music if you can’t dance to it.” – Intouchables (2007)

 

This composition was a joy to work on. In the movie, this was one of the most cheerful scenes and it never fails to bring a smile to my face. I wanted to capture the essence of both dancing as well as the pleasure I get from listening to music.

The subjects in my composition also had to look like they were having a good time as well! It was not easy to find this image as most of the images I found of dancing was more modern than retro, most of the time it was break dancing or hip hop. I stumbled upon this image as I was looking for disco and ballroom dancing. I really loved the expression on their faces as you can tell that they have completely transcended into their world of music and dance.

In the movie, the main character used a Bluetooth speaker to play his music. I felt that it wouldn’t make for an interesting composition which is why I changed it to a jukebox. However, this would look like any regular dance floor and it would not be able to convey the joy and beauty of music.

This was the first draft I came up with.

Subsequently, I thought of using a gramophone to show the beauty of music. I wanted to have the subjects dance on the vinyl record as it would mimic a dance floor! I really liked this composition as you can feel the joy the subjects are experiencing.

Initially, I used the composition on the left. However, after screen printing, I realised that not only did I lose a lot of detail, the composition was also too small. I went back and played around with curves and the threshold layer to try and maximise the amount of detail I could get out from the image. After that, I used my brush tool to fill in more details in the gramophone.

Needless to say, I was pleased with the final product.

I consulted Mimi on my composition but she felt that there was still a lot more lacking in it. I had the idea to include more people to make the image more vibrant and lively! I made sure to use people of all ages to show how music has no limits.

This is a little snippet of what I created after hours of refining the design.

 

 

“Get busy livin’ or get busy dyin’.” – Shawshank Redemption (1987)

This is a movie based on using our lives to its fullest. I had to break down what it means to be ‘Living’ and ‘Dying’.

 

My interpretation of Living would be doing something thrilling. This action has to make the character feel ‘alive’, happy and full of passion. I started to search for extreme sports to represent living life to its fullest.

However, most extreme sports require a form of machinery which I was unwilling to put in my composition as it would not be organic forms.

 

To represent Dying I wanted to use figures which show little to no dynamic movements. I used people in regular business attire, being engrossed in their phones to show the lack of life.

I also had the idea to use zombies in business suits to represent the dead. However, I felt that it was too literal and cliche.

Another concept that came into my head to show contrast between living and dying was to have a split image of the two.

This time, I began with DyingFor this word, I wanted to have the subject literally digging his own grave. This would represent procrastinating and wasting our lives away.

The setting was a graveyard which proved to have a ominous setting, fitting for someone who is wasting their lives away as it would be melancholic.

For Living,  I contrasted it with someone who is dancing – full of passion and life, in a thriving environment. What better way to express living than to place animals in the composition?

Animals would represent mother nature, a raw form of life, also adding a surreal feel to the composition.

I had several consultations with Mimi on this composition.

During the first consultation, she pointed out that it was:

1) Difficult to tell the two characters from each other.

2) Did not reflect the idea of wasting life away.

3) Dancer’s form could not be seen clearly.

I went back to work on the composition, this time paying more attention to detail and driving the message across. To represent time, as well as to show a distinction between the two characters, I placed clock hands in between them.

During the second consultation, the pointers were:

1)  The clock hands were too static and forced. It did little to help with the composition.

2) The use of a clock face would be able to tie the entire composition together as the current composition did not have any limits or boundaries.

With these comments, I set out to tweak some elements of my composition. I made the minute hand a reflection of the birds on the left, as well as adding the clock face to give my composition boundaries in the form of an implied circle.

This is a snippet of how I ended up with my final image.

 

“Are you not entertained?” – Gladiator (2001)

I had the most trouble with this piece. I had to convey the idea of entertainment in the context of this movie as it is such a short quote.

To do so, I went back to the settings of this movie, which was in the Roman era, where gladiators fought for the pleasure of the audience. I went to search for images of roman Colosseum fights I could use.

I felt like this image was already able to convey the quote in mind as the audience can be seen as upset or unsatisfied with the performance of this gladiator.  However, I wanted to add a modern twist to it.

To represent the lack of entertainment or focus, I wanted to have people on their phones, completely disengaged with the gladiator.

I started off with using children on their phones, sitting on the balcony which peers over the battle ground.

I showed this composition to Mimi and these are some of the comments she made:

1) It was difficult to see what the children were doing

2) It was hard to tell that the gladiator was engaged in combat

3) The balcony became very distracting and it was hard to focus on an object or area

Mimi suggested that I change the setting of the gladiator, one which could eliminate the unnecessary elements.

I decided to completely change the setting of the composition, getting rid of the uninterested children as well as the Colosseum. I experimented with different types of stages, from circus settings to a more sophisticated theater style.

I then decided to adapt the theater look from an image I found which showed a retro theatre.

The audience in this image are too close to the stage, which does not give me the sense of depth which I was looking for. I also wanted the subjects to be large enough, but not covering the stage.

I inserted empty cinema seats into the composition to make the theatre more spacious. The empty seats also adds another element to show the unwillingness of people to watch such a performance. Almost like an outdated practice.

Next, I had to find uninterested audiences. I began searching for people using their phones on the couch while watching television.

It was difficult to find people in this pose as most of the images I could find was of people using their phones facing towards the camera.

Then came the next challenge, was to be able to threshold these images as well as retain the most detail.

I had to colour in whites to show distinction between the characters as well as the seats as they were wearing dark colours. I also made sure to add more details to the phone as it had to be visible in the composition.

I initially wanted to submit this, however, I felt that as a square, this composition was too cramped, had a lack of depth and breathing space. To fix this, I raised the stage ceiling. This would also direct the attention of the viewer to the top of the theatre.

This is a snippet of my process while making this piece.

Assignment 3 – Mnemosyne Scent

 

Mnemosyne Scent! What a difficult assignment to pronounce! In this assignment, we are made to think of how certain scents can evoke different memories or emotions in our lives. I depend on my sense of smell greatly as I can tell a person by what scents they have (In the least creepy way possible).

As my mother changes laundry detergent often, as well as body soaps and shampoo, whenever I catch a hint of the scent of an old shower gel or detergent I used to apply, it overwhelms me with nostalgia as I think back to the memories I had during that period of time.

I love smelling wooden furniture as well! (This is the part where I go off topic) I get weird looks from friends when I sniff furniture! Especially if the furniture is oak, teak or rosewood because it provides a very homely and natural feel to it.

Good scent: Chlorine. I love the smell of chlorine because its the first thing I smell before I enter the pool. I used to swim about 3 times a week when I had much more time on my hands. I haven’t been able to find the time to swim recently, which is why i treasure that scent even more so.

The pool envelops me and gives me much needed alone time. The faint sound of pool water crashing into the sides and flowing into the drain, the complete absence of sound when I plunge my head into the water for a stroke. All these play apart in my relation to the scent. Swimming is an intimate sport as you can feel it in so many senses – from its smell, to water caressing across your body, to the taste of chlorine as you expel water from your mouth, the rushing and the silence of water. It never fails to make me happy.

My initial bad scent was the smell of alcohol swabs. This is due to the countless times I’ve been in the hospital for surgeries, broken bones, seeing loved ones, medical check-ups…. most of these experiences are associated with pain, be it physical or emotional. However I decided not to use alcohol swabs as it resembles chlorine in a sense that it cleanses, sterilizes objects. They both have a sharp scent to them which would be difficult to tell them apart when forming my scent sculpture.

Thus, I went ahead with the use of seawater.  In contrast to the water in swimming pools, seawater is murky, uncontrolled, there are so many different scents I would associate seawater to. Being in seawater is unpleasant as it leaves you feeling dirty, it smells incredibly salty, you are uncertain to where your next step or stroke would put you as it is such a chaos in the sea.

 

Artist References and Inspiration

Future world exhibition at Art Science Museum

I have been to this exhibition several times as they constantly update their installations. I came across this projector display and I really loved the tones of this installation. This installation is set in a room with a panoramic screen projecting an illustrated sea. Beanbags can be found around this area for people to sit and soak in the projection. You can also hear the soft sound of crashing waves in the distance.

I feel like this picture represents the calm I have amidst the chaos that is going on around me, clearly drowning me, which is also an accurate description of how I feel when I’m in the sea.

 

Es Devlin

One of the most established set designers in the industry – I decided to research on her work, to see how she makes use of the sense of smell to make her work exciting.

She was commissioned by Chanel to release a new line of their perfume. She created an exhibition with different rooms to it. In each room, guests are faced with difficulty navigating through her disorientating maze. However, when they are at the end of the maze, they are treated to the new scent of Chanel’s perfume, as well as a beautiful and vibrant backdrop for guests to associate it with the new scent.

https://www.dezeen.com/2016/09/21/scent-infused-mirror-maze-es-devlin-south-london-warehouse-uk/

She makes use of the emotions her guests feel to tie it with different scents. Guests will now attribute the scent to the feeling of accomplishment, relief and satisfaction after completing the arduous maze. I want to evoke similar emotions through my model, which is why I felt that her work was compelling.

Process and experimentation 

To begin, I decided to make my model look like the sea. Yes it is a very literal representation of my scent but I wanted to also replicate how I felt with association to the scent.

I used blue trash bags to get the colour of the waves. Interestingly, as you pulled the trash bags, when they are stretched they tend to have a lighter colour. This gave my waves greater tone variation and they would resemble the top of the wave. For the smell of chlorine, I cut up plastic bottles into shards. The sharp edges would represent the stinging of your nose and eyes when you are in the water.

To begin, I had to make wire frames to hold up the structure of the waves in the shape of a ‘t’. I used a thick wire for the main curve, followed by a series of thinner wires to allow the spreading of the ‘wave’.

After forming the frame, I then layered the blue garbage bags over the frame and used heat gun to get the garbage bag to hug the frame for a smoother curve. I made several frames, each varying in length to make sure that they do not look similar to each other, giving variation in my composition.

Next, I attached them to the board to figure out what would make an interesting composition.

After figuring out the composition of the waves, I had to add in the plastic shards into the overall composition. The reason why the shards are transparent is to show a contrast between the purity of sea water and the water from swimming pools.

After a few touch-ups, I came up with my final composition.

I was really pleased at how it turned out as it was able to represent the chaos of how it feels like to be in the sea.

This is how it looks like under dramatic lighting.

However, this could be represented better as pointed out by Cheryl. It would be more interesting and less literal if i had a ‘vortex of water’ sprouting out, with the two scents intertwining each other. This would have created a cleaner composition as well as one that is more dynamic.

“To make a good sculpture, you must first be one with the materials.”

– Joel Lee, 2017, ADM Y1

Assignment 3 – Planes

In this assignment, we were tasked to make use of strips of paper to form different type of planes.

These planes include:

2D Flat Plane – Straight Plane without Curves

https://www.architecturaldigest.com/gallery/daniel-libeskind-architecture/all

 

2D Curved Plane – Curved straight plane, similar to sine curve

https://www.pinterest.com/explore/nanyang-technological-university/

 

Broken/Bent Plane – Sharp Change in direction of Plane on a 2D Plane

https://www.ted.com/talks/ole_scheeren_why_great_architecture_should_tell_a_story

 

Twisted Plane – Dynamic curve

https://www.architecturaldigest.com/gallery/daniel-libeskind-architecture/all

3D Curved Plane

https://www.architecturaldigest.com/gallery/best-of-frank-gehry-slideshow
Artist references
https://www.dezeen.com/2010/06/17/lou-ruvo-center-for-brain-health-by-frank-gehry/

Frank Gehry – One of the greatest Architectural minds of our century. After Cheryl showed us his work, I was intrigued and I went to research more of his works and was amazed at the form of his structures. The composition of his buildings are definitely eye catching and the use of planes with various volumes help keep the composition interesting.

(I can’t help but wonder how disorientating it must feel looking through those windows, let alone living in such a building…)

 

https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/world-architecture-festival

Ole Scheeren – The mind behind the CCTV headquarters in China (Broken plane picture) , as well as the Interlace in Singapore. Ole Scheeren fights the conventional thinking of “Form is function”, and argues with the term “Form is fiction”. Of course form has to include function, however, we should also strive to convey stories though our work. A narrative, a purpose, etc. This building gave me great inspiration for the use of bent planes.

It also ties in with many of our projects as we aim to deliver a story or try to express emotions though our work, not only for 3D but for other modules. In my first model, I tried to incorporate bent planes similar to how Ole Screeren did for this building.

(ITS ALL THE SAMEE!!!!! PANICS!!)

 

Working on my models

To start off, I initially used smaller strips of paper to craft a mini version of what I wanted to create. However, as I progressed, as I was using regular A4 paper, I realised that the paper structure would not hold up its own weight, unlike the Artcard. Thus I gathered a few elements which I liked about the smaller models and I tried to adapt them to the art card.

This is the first model I came up with! I liked how the SO (the thin strip) envelopes the structure and seems to keep the composition together. However, in this model, I did not explore the use of broken planes or flat planes.

For the second model, I wanted to have a plane piercing another, which is why the 2D curved plane pierces itself. This was vaguely inspired by overlapping cloth. I explored the use of broken planes in this composition which can be seen from the strip of paper piercing through the loop.

Some of the elements I decided to keep was the broken plane from the second model, the 2D plane that pierces itself as well as the SO in the first model.

First Model

 

As you can see, I managed to incorporate my various inspirations into my first model. From the use of a thin strip as an SO to tie my composition together, coupled with Ole Sheeren’s use of bent planes in the China’s CCTV Headquarters.

Second Model

In my second model, I wanted to incorporate the piercing of planes as well as having planes weave in between each other. This composition was more of trying to play around with the forms as opposed to creating something aesthetically pleasing.

 

After Cheryl’s comments, I realised that my planes did not offer an interesting composition as my 2D curved plane did not intersect each other at an angle which would have made my model more Dynamic. Most of my strips of paper were also of similar length which made it difficult to differentiate between D, SD and SO.

 

Assignment 2 – Somebody I used to know

This assignment had been a blast to work on! From the development of the plot to the execution, it has been a great learning experience.

 

Plot development

The assignment requirements was to come up with a picture story showing someone whom you knew before, but have lost touch or changed through the years, and now, would be a stranger to you.

My initial idea for the plot was to feature a pregnant lady with her baby. During the span of her pregnancy, she came to love and grow more attached to the baby. However, the fetus met with a miscarriage which left the mother devastated.

I wanted to attempt the angle of not having a physical human being the one which had lost touch, but rather the idea of being attached to something which you have not met.

After pitching my plot to my team mates, I realised that it would only focus on one  main character which would defeat the purpose of having multiple group mates.

Our next idea was a story which followed a male who had just left prison, hoping to rekindle his relationship with his ex girlfriend. As the story unfolds, you realise that the individual was actually abusive to his partner, inflicting physical harm onto her. This story would then show that not everyone is who they may seem to be on the surface. As there may be characteristics hidden deep beneath the facade. We can see the main character having flash backs to when he was together with is girlfriend and how, although he may seem successful after leaving prison, he is still ultimately the same as he partakes in drug trafficking.

Initially, we thought that we were only limited to 20 images. Which was why we were careful at planning our story board. (We found out later that we could use more) However, I am grateful for this restriction as it forced us to make full use of every image and what it would convey. We manage to get the most emotions out of every image which helped our story flow well to keep it engaging.

This is our initial story board of 20 images. However, once each of us split into the sound editing stage, we realised that with the images we had, we could tell a completely different story.

Objectives

We wanted to capture how certain objects could throw us back into the past, which may bring back unpleasant memories.

Development and Process

We also paid close attention to detail as we wanted to frame-match the image to show continuity in the story.

For example, how adjusting the rear view mirror could cause a flashback to a scene whereby his girlfriend is visibly upset.

This shot shows that an action could also trigger these memories. As the main character reaches for the gear lever, he remembers how he forcefully grabbed this ex girlfriend’s arm, hurting her.

Some of these shots were tricky to get as we were shooting in a car. (Thank you Hannah for lending us your car!)

Especially this shot which includes the use of mirrors as we had to find an angle whereby the camera could not be seen in the image.

For the gear lever, we had to use a zoom lens instead of a prime lens as we could not get the camera to focus in such a tight area.

 

In this shot, we tried to show the main character lurking about Felicia’s (the ex girlfriend) facebook account, to try and show that he is actually yearning for her and thinking of her. It is unclear, however she had blocked him from this profile, which is why there is the ‘add friend’ icon.

The next challenging scene was that when we had to shoot the fighting scene. Making a still image have motion is challenging as we had to use a longer shutter for it, while not moving too much to make the image unclear.

The part which we had the most difficulty was getting the shot of the main character grabbing the arm of his girlfriend. We had to show that she was walking away from him and that there was visible tension between them. To achieve this, Felicia had to walk away and I had to pull her back. This was to get the motion in the dress as well as the tension of the muscles in my arm.

It was also difficult to get expressions we wanted as none of us have been in a situation where we are abused (a good thing), thus, we had to have many shots of the character’s faces and their expressions of fear or anger.

This is a photo of me looking visibly annoyed or angry (to the best of my ability because I am actually a very peace loving human being) As the couple was supposed to be fighting in this scene, it was crucial for me to capture the expression.

This is a photo of me being lost in thought. This scene would be used to reminisce the past, or think of the future. It is incredible how one image can be used to set the foundation for so many different paths which the story can take.

After we realised that we were not limited to 20 images, we set out to capture more pictures which could be used in a flashback to happier times as we wanted to build the characters up to show what kind of relationship they had before his true colours showed.

With the freedom to use more frames, I set out to try and capture an image of the main character leaving prison. It was difficult to find a place in school which conveyed the idea of a jail or prison which is why I had a shot of a silhouette.

 

I got the inspiration of a jail cell from Prison Break where the main character first enters jail.

 

Moving on to something more positive, La La Land is one of my favourite movies and I watched it in cinemas 3 times and many more after it was available online!!! I enjoyed the cinematics and how it referenced old classics such as Singing in the rain. Because of this, I wanted to capture the essence of classics in my video.

Their on screen chemistry was also resembled that of powerhouses such as  Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.  Which I hope could be resembled though our shots.

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/504614333227707836/?lp=true

 

This scene in La La Land was simply beautiful. The setting was in an observatory where they ascended into the stars as they danced in each other’s embrace.

The other scene which impacted me was when Mia left her date with another guy to search for Sebastian. I loved how the projector illuminated her face to show the look of longing and desire.

Which is why I wanted to shoot with a projector as I felt it showed intimacy and it focuses greatly on the details of the face as it illuminates facial features with different vibrant tones which can bring about emotions.

The photos are so cute right? We made use of the projector in the ongoing exhibition in ADM to show a very intimate scene where the couple shares a moment. The setting was perfect in capturing the essence of how pure the relationship was before.

Sound editing

Initially, during the video editing phase, I created a blank image and placed an audio over it for the audience to focus on what they were saying. It was a clip from Goodwill Hunting, one of my favourite movies.

The audio which I used starts at the 3 minute mark. I really felt that this fight scene was directly relatable to what the characters were facing, however, after I consulted my Ru Yi (prof, teacher) I realised that the American context could be off putting as we are visibly Asians and in Singapore.

In the end, we decided to record ourselves having an argument. It was awkward at first because we were unsure as to what we should argue about. However, as Fendi set the premise for the argument, it then became easier to formulate it. We recorded a total of 3 arguments which I managed to stitch together to form one which I was pleased with.

I also recorded sounds of me gripping various clothing to try and replicate tension as well as unease. I found that leather made the most distinctive sound as other articles of clothing would sound like rustling.

Final Product