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4DII : Installation : Process + Final

Concept

Scraping off the previous idea of Existentialism, we have finalized our whole concept into a post apocalyptic bunker with narratives scattered throughout the room. Audiences get immersed into it as they explore the abandoned room gathering pieces of information of that happened in this bunker. With these information, they will form their story of what went in the bunker. (which you are going to figure out now~)

 

 

Plot & Character Development

With Ruyi’s advice, we worked on creating a plot within the bunker. Here’s the gist of it.

 

 

And that’s why our installation is called Bunker 143.

143 stands for “i love you” with the numbers of letters in each word. Out of love, sometimes the choices we make in turn contribute to our end. In Chinese, “爱死你” means i love you so strongly till the death of me. It can be seen in our narrative. The father went to took his child’s blanket despite the bird flu outside. He soon caught on the virus and died. The mother killed her child to free her pain and misery from the virus. She in the end committed suicide because of the grieve and guilt. So, its really “我爱你爱到我要死”.

I love you so much until i want to die.

 

Conceptualize idea into reality

 

  • Reference images

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We are inspired by the “isolated from the world” feel when creating this bunker.

 

  • Memories

At the same time, we wanted to evoke memories from the audience and set the premise of a loving family in the bunker. Hence we dug out our old stuffs and found some precious items from our childhood. Another reason why we used old items was also to give a time stamps of the period when the family were trapped in the bunker. All these objects are carefully selected to convey the lifestyle and information of the characters. The drawings and toys to show the innocence of a fun-loving child even in a desperate situation. The father’s devotion to ensure the child was catered to even if the objects resulted in clutter and were useless in practicality. The mother’s pre-existing condition of anxiety and unstable mental state through her medication.

 

  • QR- Audio diary

The speech in each audio log was designed in such a way that the audience could start with any one and still be able to piece the story together. This was to help the audience as there was no feasible way to guide them in sequence without disrupting the interactivity and immersiveness of the set.

Audio Diary Log 1

Intro – “Febuary 28, it’s been 2 weeks since my family and I entered this bunker. Both of them are holding up well, they seem okay with this arrangement. Everything will be well soon… right?”

Audio Diary Log 2

“April 17, The room seems smaller than ever, there are too many things in this bunker. Why did my dumb husband bring so many things? Do we really need the old snow-globe? It reminds me of our honeymoon in Paris from way back. *Sigh…*”

Audio Diary Log 3

“May 30, she looks so happy, playing with her dolls. her toys are all over the place and it’s been getting in the way, but she’s happy so I’ll bear with it. She keeps asking for her blanket, but she still seems to be having fun playing board games with me and drawing. I’ve been cleaning up after her non stop but if it keeps her happy I’ll do it. I can’t wait for the day we can get out and she can live properly again.

Audio Diary Log 4

“August 26, We have enough food for another 6 months, if the virus doesn’t clear up by then then what will we do. I tried telling him but he kept saying it was fine, that we would be ok. But what if we aren’t? Why can’t he see that we’re in trouble, why does he never, ever understand. If he cares so much for the child why can’t be understand that having enough food is better for her than having all these toys. I don’t know how to do this anymore, he isn’t taking this seriously. ”

Audio Diary Log 5

“Oh no oh no. . . .he went back to get her blanket. She wouldnt stop crying… He said that it will be okay and that nothing bad will happen. FOR GOD”S SAKE THERE IS AN EPIDEMIC OUT THERE and he. isn’t. back…its been 3 hours… oh no oh no… if something happens…. He is back he is back!!!”

Audio Diary Log 6

“…He died today.” *long pause* “How could he leave us just like that? Just for that stupid blanket. I-I can’t take this. I need to lie down.”

Audio Diary Log 7

She keeps sneezing recently, and she looks so pale and skinny. back before he died she kept going near him, I’m sure she’s caught it. she looks sicker every day, I can’t watch this again

Audio Diary Log 8

*sighs, soft crying, then thumps onto the floor*

 

 

 

  • CCTV

Surveillance footages were taken by each of us at different locations to cover more ground. We simulated the way how surveillance camera locate and shoot. Thus the videos mostly show panning shoot recording empty spaces that lack of humanity to create the post-apocalyptic situation the family faced previously. The CCTV footages pans on empty areas, and it gives a feeling as though something is going to pop out at you.

 

Multiple screens were playing on a several laptops in different parts of the room, with one master projection against the wall.

The main projection is tested out with different cellophane colour over it. The red was too harsh like horror movie while the blue gave the desired cold, distant atmosphere that we were striking for.

  • Sounds

The sound is constantly on loop. With the dominate sound being the cricket sound overlaying the whirring noise from the fan. The mix of unsettling mechanical noises and the sounds that you can hear at night when you are alone walking on the street adds to the sense of isolation in this bunker.

  • Glow paint

It is to emulate the presence of blood. Allows the audience to ponder what exactly happened on that area. Especially when Audio Diary Log 8’s QR code is situated there.

 

Outcome

 

Feedbacks

Most of the story are pieced together. Some form their own version of story from all the information like some thought the mother was uncaring and self-centered and some had different ending to our plot. All sort of interpretations are welcome! It shows the audiences are engaged in our set. What im really happy about is that the nostalgic objects in the room did trigger memories and their association to it. They were mostly the drawings and five-stones. Huimin enjoyed the room a lot as it resembled the 60s game that she played.

 

 

Reflection

It was very interesting to find out how each audience interpreted the set and perceived each part of the room differently. It was amazing how we could find that room that work so well with the vibe that we are going for. Although the blood could be more realistic if there wasn’t logistic issues. Nevertheless, our team did a great job and we worked well to put off this installation with various elements.

Yaayy!!

 

Every ending of an installation

At the very end, u can see our awkward thumbs up shot wink

 

4DII: Final Project Proposal

EXISTENTIALISM 

Group Proposal

Main Idea:

Our idea for this narrative site specific location is a set up in a post apocalyptic abandoned Singaporean bunker. The premise is that the room once belonged to a family of 3, and was abandoned after an unseen environmental calamity. The audience’s role will be to explore the space and slowly see what happened to the previous occupant, contemplate their place in the world, and possibly how to get out of the confined space.

 

The focus of the set will be on lights, sounds, and interaction.

 

Themes:

    • Existentialism (Feeling like a small person in a big world)
      • We want the audience to question who they are in the world and make them feel ‘small’, by showing them how people can just get up and disappear, leaving behind everything they value, and thus making them question if anything they do really matters if they can be wiped off the earth so easily.
    • Memories
    • Change (Isolation, loss)
      • In our hectic world, we are only able to slow down and think only when everything we know is gone. No distractions and no one around. This is when we are truly ourselves.
      • Forces the audience to slow down and think about themselves once all people/distractions are not in their immediate surroundings

 

Planned location:

  • ADM print room on second floor
  • One of the crit rooms
  • A small room

 

Lights:

  • Use of projection with video documentations of previous occupants, different portraits in black and white grain (Surveillance type)
  • Galaxy projection
    • Painting on transparency like in the project “Stellar”
    • To create another dimension within the same space. It also makes the room look futuristic which fits our post apocalyptic bunker set
    • It also gives the feel of floating away from your current reality into one of contemplation and reflection
  • Putting coloured transparency or cellophane paper against flashlights to create a coloured lightbox effect.

 

Sounds:

  • Futuristic sounds (Soft siren whine, radio noise, fan whirring)
  • An omnipresent narrator narrating in an ASMR style
    • ASMR as it can be comforting when tranquil, but as well as discomforting when you’re in a crisis
    • Undecided whether it will all be the same voice or different person to each object

 

Interaction:

  • Mirrors/reflective surfaces, seeing your reflected self everywhere
    • You are only with yourself.
    • Emphasizing the feel of isolation and the audiences’ place as a human being in a world larger than they thought before. In the room, there are no people, only the items they left behind and ghost images of the audience themselves.
  • Tangible items strewn around them that can be picked up
    • Triggers a unanimous, nostalgic emotional memory in audiences
    • E.g. A worn-out doll, old music box, plane ticket etc.
    • At the same time, the narrator will be narrating a memory associated with each of the items around the audience

 

References:

  • Stan Brakhage “Stellar” – Inspired to steer our light logistics according to his methods as well as to obtain the galaxy feeling which is crucial for our theme, so as to evoke a sense of loneliness and isolation in a vast space.
  • Black Mirror (Mirror/ reflective surfaces), our theme is similar in exploring memories and loneliness

 

Methodology:

  • Audience is brought into a dark room and made to lie down on some mats (childcare type)
  • They open their eyes, facing the ceiling projection of the slowly shifting galaxies
    • Story is that since civilisation (people around you) is gone, it’s easier to pay attention to the environment around you with no rush.
  • Around them are objects belonging to others, but most likely will trigger some sense of nostalgia and own memories to come forth. It makes you think of your own life. Your existence.
  • The narrator will be giving some history behind each of the object under the guise of the previous owner, prompting the audience to consider what the object means to them
  • The whole experience in own space is subjective. It is for you to explore your own existentialism and existence.

 

 

4D II: Curry Murder Process & Outcomes

Reality (Presentation Day)

 

 

Expectation (Post-Presentation Day)

 

 

I was initially very excited for this project on the possibilities of creating my own sounds as Ruyi showed us a video on how to create folley sounds. I was very enthusiastic and went around with zoombox recording various sounds. However i ended up didn’t use any of it. It turned out to be my most stressful project as i tend to overthink everything and felt very lost for what to do for the sound. After Yi Ling, my teammate, presented her video. I realised that i should start small and hence a new version with folley sounds film is created!!

Although its too late for submission, i had fun creating my own sounds and this film is close to how i envision the end product to be so here is it!

I will talk a bit about my original film as i missed out some points on the presentation day before talking about my new film.

 

First of all this is a class activity which has been blown into a full-scale project. Surprise, surprise! We grouped up into fours. My team consist of Yi Ling, Hui Min and Yu Qing. We were inspired by the well-used of non-chronological narrative from Memento.

 

Then we were going on the line of having a psychological horror film and all agreed on the curry murder idea. We proceed to shoot!

 

The panning of the house was actually the toughest. We tried out different method before reaching this method which give the most stabilized panning due to lack of budget haha!

 

Hui Min as the stabilizer to secure the camera so it will be steady and give less “seasick” panning.

 

Solo Action

After sieving out the good and bad takes and shared among each other, we are all on solo mode now. Editing and creating sound are the main components for assignment 2.

 

Plot

The plot revolves around a couple’s argument that went wrong.That drove the husband crazy and killed the wife. Then the husband decided to COOK her bodies and serve her as curry “chicken”.

(SICK but WHEN DO U HAVE THE CHANCE TO DO IT) heh

 

I decided to add my own take on this and give more reasons for why the husband killed her. In my story, the wife is more sophisticated and more educated as compared to the husband. She cheated on him yet acted so mighty and attacked on his weak point. He had an inferior complex on his lack of education so he really lost it when she cheated and called him “stupid”.

 

 

Character Profiling

To separate between educated and less educated, i decided to give them different voice. I wanted an accent for the English speaking wife but i can’t find anyone who could do that so i decided to have a go at it and failed. Hence i differentiate them by one speaking in English and the husband speak in Chinese and Hokkien. I visualised the wife as a superwoman who is capable outside and inside. That’s why the husband is so clumsy at house chores like cooking and the first meal he cooked is his wife. So ironic.

I was inspired by Last Year at Marienbad where there’s lot of repetition in the narrative. Hence in my film, I focused on giving the husband more power and having his stream of conscious repeating things that matters to him which are family and his education. I made the word “stupid” the loudest and have a constant audio gain because this word is what really trigger him so it’s “nearer”, more personal and constantly ring at the back of his head. Hence his thoughts are louder than what he said in real life.

 

 

Juxtaposition

  1. tension of husband -> boiling water
  2. trigger point of husband -> snipping off the tip of the plastic bag that contain carrot
  3. feeling the breath of death wife -> tasting the curry with finger

There are many more so watch my film and have a guess wink

 

These are the additional portions i added into my new film.

For the speech, i wanted to play with the irony of this whole situation with the values of the husband. He’s the one who care about his family yet he commit this act. Hence i placed the dialogue like “how could you do this” on the wife murdered face. The phrase “you have a family” slowly evolve into eat family. The chinese word “Jia” for family can also mean eat in Hokkien.

 

BGM: Jigglypuff by PPOMO ASMR

She’s my favourite Asmr artist so if you like asmr be sure to check her out!!

I wanted some echoy music to express the flow of thoughts. Then i encountered this music and thought why not this? It a familiar song that can evoke people who watched pokemon to be amused and have a nostalgic feel. Yet when play against this, it distort their childhood song into a whole new meaning. Jigglypuff sings to put people to sleep like how the husband put his wife to “sleep” too.

 

Folley sounds

Here to the most exciting part in my new film- the folley sounds!

  • Wife narration– my voice. It was really fun to roleplay and i even did her suffocated sound.
  • Husband narration– my dad voice. My dad is a peaceful guy so it was hard to make him angry. I tried to record my own voice and change the pitch but it sounded unnatural. Hence i stayed with his narration.

The rest of the sound i did it in 2D lab. It was a spontaneous thing when i recorded all these sounds with my phone. The brackets are the starting time of the sounds.

  • Feet kicking(0:57) made with beating my wallet on a table.
  • Stab wife (1:28) used the tofu skin im eating and stabing it with my food. I overlay the juiciness sound with the metallic sound from the spatula gliding on cloth.

  • Chop wife (1:32) done using the brush that was long coated with paint so it produced the squishy sound and matched it with the spatula rubbing against a wet cloth.

  • Chop chicken (1:37) used the brush and move against the glass window. It surprising create a very realistic sound even with bone cracking effect too.

  • Chop potato (1:03& 1:43) used the brush again and played with the sides and frequency.

 

Final orderly editing sequence for better viewing

 

 

I’m done with this assignment yeah!!!

I shall leave with grace off to the final assignment!

 

 

Thoughts Process on Pink Turmoils

Script Drafts

  • First

Yuno is shown as Y and X as Yuno’s love interest.

Yuno is in a happy mood after coming back from school
> Mummi , I back home from school
She Put down bag
> I got a huge news!
> Today x announced to everyone that I’m his girlfriend!

She blush deeply
> I’m so embarrassed!!
>now I’m officially dating x le.
She dance about.
> Mummi u r happy for me? Hahaha! Yeah, I have finally got the dream man I always wanted.
( hold Mummi skull and dance around with her and smiling)
(pause)
> that bitch k better leave my x alone. This time I let her off because x told me to. The next time she go close to x again, I’m gonna kill her.

Draft 1 is aborted as Ruyi said need two characters. 

 

  • Second

Katniss is represented with K.

Make x be a quiet guy and k is the one talking to him.

Y> Stop talking to x.
K> why should I listen to u?
Y> (expression change to hostile) x is mine. Only I can be with him.
K> thats why u been stalking him like a creeper?
Y> i know x from a long time back. He’s the only one I see even though he doesn’t remember me. I won’t let anyone be close to him only me! U stay away from him!
K> I have no reason to do so. Classmates and friends can talk to each other.
Y> that’s how love begin… I won’t let anyone steal him from me! X can only love me!
( pick up a penknife)

Theme: Insecurity issues among teenage girls

I felt that the second plot is too straight forward and it just wasn’t interesting enough.

 

  • Third and Ultimate Plot

Gangster came chasing after them and they hide in a place. (Show they run away from gangster)
K> r u okay?
Y> thank you. U save me (blushing)

Y> I love you.
K thinks Y is joking.
K> (widesmile) that’s too much for a thanks.
Y>I was really happy when u said to the gangsters. she is mine. no one can touch her. My heart skipped a beat!
K> I said that because we are friends. (K pat y shoulder)
Y> its okay, k. I know how u feel deep down. I will always be by ur side. When u r ready to come out, no one will judge us.

(Y stroke k hair and k push her hand away and step back into the “world”)
Y>I won’t let anyone badmouth u. If they do. I will make them suffer pain. (ominous face)
VO of Y> I will stab them multiple times.
K> *serious face* Y, we talked about this. I don’t want u to hurt anyone because of me. We are friends. This isn’t right. U can’t feel that way.
Y> (sweet smile at k and look at the poster) Its alright. I will wait for u.

 

Yup i have changed both characters into lesbians. 

This was my final script and developed into this film: Pink Turmoils

 

Movie References

 

Silence of the Lambs

I was inspired to make the conversation reveal something about the person like how Hannibal reveal the past of Agent Starling.

Hence i used it in my film like how Katniss told the gangsters ” she is mine. no one can touch her” even though she rejected the advances of Yuno. There is this saying on how a person true personality is reveal in times of danger. Thats what happen to Katniss. She does not know how she feel strongly about Yuno yet because she have not look deep within herself and has also been educated that a relationship has to involve a guy and a girl. Beyond that is wrong.

 

Blue is the Warmest Colour

 

Blue is the warmest colour explore lesbian sexuality and coming of age.

It plays with the intensity of blue and the appearance of it. For example when Adele saw Emma, Emma is covered with blue; blue clothes and hair. When their passion is gone, the blue is gone from Emma’s hair. Blue can mean melancholy and freedom as their love is bound to suffer a lot. Despite the pain, they would still be free and in love.

I have adopted the use of colour signifier in the movie reference for my film.

Yellow can stand for happy cheerful and can also represent decay, sick and caution.For Emily, I create a brighter yellow when she is confessing and darker when she had horrible thoughts on stabbing people.

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While for Alexey, her bright yellow always come from the door to the world and darker at Emily.She feel happier being out on the outside world, away from prejudices. She is very cautious about Emily feelings to her as she wasn’t sure of her feelings and struggles with morals.

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Scouting for Location

I went to every single emergency stairs in ADM even the most remote ones. ADM is really a good place to film horror scenes is the conclusion i had after my scouting. With the narrow long alley that no one ever goes and it lead to the emergency stairs that made pipe echoing sounds. I literally as fast as i could out from that place.

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These are the 3 spots that i found. I like the first emergency stairs because i want to show the distinct separation from dark and light. The love they had are not allowed and was to be kept in the dark away from the sight of the world.

However on the day of the shoot, the emergency stairs was locked. Hence i had no choice but to go with the third one. It turn out to be the better choice because i didn’t know it would be this dark on film causing so much noise.

 

Filming

We had to work on a tight schedules because my actresses can only make it within that period of time only. This is what i planned out in my storyboard. I also did test shoot on myself and acted out the actions my actresses had to do and where they stand so they can better understand what they are supposed to do as im bad at explaining things. On that day, i brought a door stopper to hold the door and framed the whole scenes nicely on myself but i forgot my actresses are taller than me. My head was running everywhere at that time so i could not frame them nicely. I felt sorry about because they spent time for me but i didn’t do a proper job.  If you look at my storyboard, there are symbols of an eye and triangle in blue. That represent the usage of tripod for triangle and eye for same eye level. I had thought of applying the same eye level editing technique so i used tripod but the outcome didn’t turn out as i wanted. I think i need to watch up on more films to get an idea on how to use it.

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Outfit

Emily (Yuno) is dressed up in a very sweet and feminine style to appeal Alexey.

Alexey (Katniss) is dressed in all black with shirt and jeans to show her tough exterior.

 

Motif

 

Fighting fish symbolize their perseverance to fight against the outside world and come out with their sexuality. The pink fish is Emily the lesbian fish and the white fish is Alexey. Hence Emily is waiting for Alexey to turn “pink” and come out to the outside world with her.

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Camera Angles

  • Canted Angles used to exaggerate the emotions scenes of Emily (Yuno) when she confessing her love and thinking of murderous thoughts.
  • Handheld is done for the gangster scene to create tension. It is also used to show the pov of Emily as Alexey is leaving to create the impression that her eyes will always linger on Alexey.

 

Editing Process

It was very time-consuming. I had a really hard time working on this because i had never used Adobe Premiere Pro before. I spend one whole day dedicated to this when i could be enjoying my CNY *sobs*. My hardwork didn’t reflect on the video because i had bad clips to work with *more sobs and beating myself up*. Okay must write finish this post.

 

  • Noise/Grain due to bad lighting

I think i had said it a lot throughout this post of my bad lighting. Hence i been searching for a way to reduce it and sharpen my footage. However Premiere Pro does provide this function and After Effects made my clip become choppy. I had no way to go about it. I learned a hard lesson that good lighting is the essence of film. Of course the plot and dialogue are important but the visual elements are important as well. Hence for the next film, im planning to shoot in the daylight to save myself from all these troubles.

 

  • Same head level technique

I applied the same eye level technique in editing to match Katniss’s head from the door of the emergency stairs to the door of the outside world. It is to fast pace her leaving from one door to the next.

 

  • Replace the voice over of Yuno

The part when she have horrible thoughts of ” I will stab them multiple times.” sound very funny like the advertisement for mobile phone game. If i add it in, it will create an opposite effect of what i wanted. Hence i change it into the sound of a person being stabbed multiple times with the blood splash gory sound to make Yuno look like a psychopath.

 

  • Katniss voiceover

I forgotten to take her voiceover so i asked Queenie to send over her audio through whatsapp. Somehow i can’t import it directly to Premiere Pro as audio file. I tried playing her voice through computer and record it down but she sound so robotic. Then i tried playing her voice on loop and blow my empty bottle to create a very echoy background as i record the audio down . Her voice still sound robotic but much better than previous. However i still want it to sound more real. I researched and found adobe audition n it turn out i can stimulate an environment for the sound. Hence i edit her “Are you okay?” which i heard over 60 times with reverb to get it out.

 

Although i had a really tough time using it, i learnt a lot and feel that im better at editing video le!

 

Presentation

The feedback i received from the class is that the they can’t see the struggles between prejudices and love from Katniss and they suggest that Katniss should push Yuno away.  However i felt that my dialogue and actions in the film expressed the idea, the downside is the lighting in the shooting is too weak to be able to cast my actresses well to see their actions. Yuno understand Katniss’s fear that she want to live peacefully and away from social prejudices. Hence she said,” its okay, k. I know how u feel deep down. I will always be by ur side. When u r ready to come out, no one will judge us.” As for Katniss rejecting Yuno’s feelings, it was in the video from 00:36-00:42. I do agree with Ruyi’s suggestion of filming them midshot. My characters’ actions are not obvious because they are in a squeezed frame and in bad lighting so their actions were not obvious.

 

My classmate suggested two films that show LGBT relationship.

I can’t understand what are they talking about in the beginning so i was confused why would the short hair girl be nice to her even though her eyes are injured because of her. However i like how their relationship develop from the short hair girl help her to aim well. “If you aim for my head, you can’t miss.” Then she continuously wack her board head with the ball. Lol! In the back of my mind, i was thinking, ” ohh yeah, U keep hitting on her.” Maybe that what it mean haha! I like the plot twist of the decapitated body of her board was actually the tennis player decided to keep it close with her.

 

I think this is a very good reference. I could use a lot of different clips shoot to show the history, chemistry and relationship between Katniss and Yuno so audiences can connect deeper into the plot.

 

Yaayy!! This is the end!