Installation: Find Jane

Hello Everyone!

This is Project #FindJane.

First of all, I have put together a short video of our Installation which documented processes and feedbacks from our dearest classmates and lecturer!

Press play to begin.

 

Some background information about this project: 

Find Jane is an installation that uses various mediums such as sound, video projection and physical space to allow the viewer to trace the footsteps of Jane as she falls victim to a stalker.

Uncovering the mystery of Jane’s call for help and eventual disappearance, the viewer will be exposed to her experiences through a third character – The detective. Using various social media platforms and manipulating sound and space, it proves to show our over-reliance on the Internet holds many dangers for those around people who confuse the virtual world and reality. Our mixed media installation targets young teenagers, especially those between the age of 13 and 18, and warns them about the dangers of the Internet and social world.

 

The exterior of our installation: 

We made use of mainly garbage bags & raffia strings to corner up a little area for our set-up. As the room belongs to a stalker, we envisioned it to look nothing less than creepy. With the use of garbage bags, we blocked out almost 90% of the surrounding lights, giving the atmosphere an extra boost of eeriness.

Some bits and pieces of the detailing:

In the interior of the room, the only source of light comes from a dimly-lit table lamp. The light which reflects against the wall would then reveal the stalker’s underlying fetish. We ensure that the photos on the wall were sufficient enough to appear like he was indeed crazy over Jane. This might just be the highlight of our installation as it would be the first thing viewers notice as they walk through the flap of garbage bags.

Cake with a candle on top. A representation of his “big day” (birthday). It is the very first indication which hints the purpose of his capture.

A birthday card he wrote to himself to establish his oddish personality – alongside with a camera to reinforce his photo-taking habits.

A calendar marked with his birthday – Hints his excitement to “meet” Jane, for every day nearing his birthday is a day closer to seeing Jane again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The stalker’s attempt to print out Jane’s weekly timetable – it only showed how overly obsessed he was. He kept track of her movements, constantly. All of the hearts indicated the time period where he would get the chance to see her as she passed by the security guard house.

 

His retrenchment letter alongside a Security ID Card. Established his current financial and emotional state – at lost and desperate. It also helps viewers to link back to how they met, which is through his daytime job as a security at her secondary school.

 Newspaper scattered all over the floor, specifically news on Jobstraits. Some jobs were either circled or crossed out. It provides insights that he is desperately on a lookout for a new job.

Notes against his window that speaks about his misses and longingness. All these details are inserted with the intention to hammer on the idea of his psychotic delusions.

On Carousell: The stalker’s attempt at cheating Jane to meet him.

Ambience Noise:

This was recorded in an extremely echoey setting so as to reinforce the idea of being kidnapped in a god forsaken place. The soundtrack was looped to enhance the audience’s experience as they immerse themselves in the “stalker scene” setting.

 

Additional information on Character Profiling:

Purpose of this installation:

What is an installation without an objective, right? At the end of the day, the main message we wish to send out to the young masses of teenagers out is the danger of social media and how we should practice safe usage of the internet at all times. Everday, we are airing so much of our personal details online – regardless if its photographs or private information. However, beyond just our own circle of friends, we would never know who else is viewing our profile.

Our set is inspired by: 

‘Perfect Blue’, Directed by Satoshi Kon

and ‘Stalker’s Room’ by Eleanor Bull ( http://cargocollective.com/eleanorbull/Stalker-Room )

We adapted its sense of chaos and desperateness and incorporated it into our installation.

 

Overall, we are really happy to be given a chance to work on an actual installation as it is our very first ever experience!

 

Somebody I Used to Know – Outcome

Rough Overview of Frames:

My Story in 20 Words:

Guy released from prison. Flashbacks of his ex-girlfriend hit him. He misses her. Contemplated. Calls her. She picks up.

What happens next?

 

Photo Editing Style:

Comparison of BEFORE & AFTER

The original photo looked dull, which is opposite of the effect I have in mind to achieve. Hence, after post-production editing, I edited the all photographs to give it a constant thematic of colour to entice and attract.

Overall, the tinge of blue adds on to the melancholic mood, which relays back to the idea of the storyline. I wanted saturated looking photos, that enables my still photo film to look cinematic.

 

Video Editing Style:

Trailer

Fast cuts, fast-paced music, ominous background music. These are the characteristics that define a trailer film.

Generally, a trailer of a film takes about 2.5 minutes, and I thought, hey, why not try creating something more exciting, something that challenges me.

Editing a trailer is different from doing a normal story narration where the cuts happen to go at a slower pace.  So instead of telling my story in a mandatory way, I decided on doing a 3.10 minutes movie trailer for my film.  That aside, I wanted my trailer to end off with a cliffhanger – a question left unanswered. This is so that it would intrigue people to “watch the film”. Hence, the film got cut off right when both parties pick up the call, each saying “hello…”. This would allow the viewers to speculate and anticipate. Will they get together? What will he say to her? Does it means she has forgiven him?

WE WILL NEVER KNOW. (Only me hehe)

Also, I added on a 12 seconds duration of blank frame dialogue, whereby there is nothing on screen. The purpose of this is to direct the focus to the emotions of the dialogue without any distractions. This is a different approach altogether.

 

My Work Space (Timeline)

 

Editing Technique Applied: 

Non-Linear Narrative Style –  Purpose is to create an interesting way of storytelling instead of having it told chronologically. In my opinion, this would heighten the dramatic tension in between each sequence.

 

180 Degree Rule: To establish a connection between two shots that take place simultaneously at a different location. Building relationship between 2 people.

 

Jump Cut:  This kind of edit gives the effect of jumping forward or backwards in time, which is exactly the effect I aim to achieve. In conjunction with the non-linear narrative storyline, it adds dynamic to the storyline, apart from telling the story in chronological order.

 

Match Cut

Match Cut: Eye to eye, Hand to hand. The film fades away revealing interconnected scenes that have hints of similarity to the previous shot.

Film Transition: Dissolve: Smoothen out transition to prevent awkward looking jump cuts

Fade to black: Flash forward / Fade to white: Flashback

 

Soundscape:

Notice that there were a few different locations from the video. There’s 1, Carpark, 2, Inside of the Car, 3, Outdoor. I imagined all these locations to give off a certain type of ambient noise which would make the video sounds more believable. Hence, I went around to record ambient noise from the carpark next to my apartment and use it for my film.

Furthermore, in order to create a more believable sound experience, I tried overlapping a series of different sounds with the intention of creating depth to my edit. While taking note that the sound should not be too distracting, and it ought to be evenly spaced out so that it wont be too overwhelming (like all types of sounds coming at you at one go).

 

Artist Reference:

Mark Woollen, by Daniel Bergeron. Indiewire. No PR/No Release. 2015

Mark Woollen

“The thing that’s unique about Mark,” says Angus Wall, who won an Oscar earlier this year as co-editor of “The Social Network” and who has cut trailers himself, “is that there are formulas for making trailers. And all those formulas have these tricks. And after a certain point, a lot of trailer cutters become a collection of their tricks. But not Mark. I think he considers each film individually and his approach depends on the film. And that’s the reason he’s so good.”

Famous Trailers by Mark:

Schindler’s ListTrafficThe Social NetworkA Serious Man12 Years a Slave, and Little Children

I like how Mark is able to translate 2 hours worth of movie into 2 golden minutes, how he can encapsulate the best of scenarios within a short time frame. I am inspired by the way he cuts off abruptly at certain scenes and then leave a BIG question mark as to what happens eventually. He is able to weave it all together in a compelling way

 

Behind the scene:

*BIG THANKS* to my amazeballs group members, who are super efficient and super professional!!!

 

Final Edit: Somebody I used to know

Ciaos!

Somebody I Used to Know – Brainstorming Process

Planning of initial storyboard:

  1. CU of phone screen
  2. CU of Felicia’s facebook profile
  3. MS of the main character, Joel. (Revealing of his face)
  4. ECU of Joel’s eyes in the windscreen
  5. Two shot of Joel and Felicia (with Joel being in foreground and Felicia in the background) – FLASHBACK
  6. ECU of Felicia’s gripping hands to establish tension – FLASHBACK
  7. MCU of Joel being mad – FLASHBACK
  8. MCU of Joel looking guilty
  9. CU of Joel attempting to change gear
  10.  MS of Joel holding on to Felicia’s hand -FLASHBACK
  11. ECU of Felicia’s eyes to show expressions – FLASHBACK
  12. CU of Joel’s hands about to slap – FLASHBACK
  13. MS of Joel
  14. Two shot of Joel and Felicia, mood tense
  15. MCU of Felicia, holding on to her cellphone – FLASHBACK
  16. MS of Police officer leading Joel away
  17. CU of legs
  18. CU of phone. Text from drug dealer. Plot twist at the end

 

 

An idea of what happens behind the scene: 

@ ADM Library

@ Tamarind Carpark

@ ADM 

In Hannah’s Car!

The intended effect that we aimed to achieve was an up close and personal shot whereby we can focus on Joel’s emotions through still images. (Since emotions are easier to translate through videos, having a still photo film will be significantly challenging).

Apart from that, we included flashback scenes to our Non-Linear story plot. The flashback scenes will be desaturated to black and white, while the scenes that took place in present time will be coloured. However, in the post-production, I will play with the colours adjustment control in Lightroom to achieve the kind of effect I want.

 

Take for example:

 

Before and After. The processed photograph looked a whole lot moodier. This is the constant effect I will have in my final video work.

 

 

Story flow

 

 

TO BE CONTINUED –

 

My World – Research & Finalisation

•       MY WORLD      

Welcome to my World! This is the marketplace I grew up in. These are the familiar faces I have seen all my life. They made up most of my childhood memories.

There’s the fruit seller uncle, chup chye png uncle, tutu kueh macik and her son. In this series of photos, I aim to capture a still moment of their everyday job routine and the significance they have made to my life thus far.  More than just photographs, we see a familiar bond of friendship, relationship, feelings, and memories. We often take for granted how convenient these people made our lives to be. Craving for rojak? Sure, it’s perhaps just a few steps away. Sick and feeling unwell? Sure, head down and grab some panadol. As technology quickly catches up with time, we are often so caught up with social media and our phones that we forget about HUMAN INTERACTION. I am definitely guilty of this. Remembering once, one of them said “Hi!”, and I simply flashed a pacifying smile and walked away quickly while busying with my device.

We often take for granted how convenient these people made our lives to be. Craving for rojak? Sure, it’s perhaps just a few steps away. Sick and feeling unwell? Sure, head down and grab some panadol. As technology quickly catches up with time, we are often so caught up with social media and our phones that we forget about HUMAN INTERACTION. I am definitely guilty of this. Remembering once, one of them said “Hi!”, and I simply flashed a pacifying smile and walked away quickly while busying with my device.

Each photo portrays a still moment of their everyday job routine and how it is like. I believe we Singaporean are all familiar with these services as they can be found in almost every neighborhood.

My intention is to capture the happiness and uniqueness of their job regardless how trivial or insignificant it may seem to some. Each job has their purpose and they exist to provide a service to us humans. This project has enabled me to reconnect with these people after all these while.

Research: Mindmap/Thought Process

Artist Inspiration: Mindy Tan, @Tinyhumanmind

Taken from: https://www.instagram.com/tinyhumanmind/

Core Concepts & Photography Style:

  • Trades of Singapore
  • Humans of Singapore
  • Unique cultures and rituals
  • A documentation of interesting events and happenings
  • Play with a lot of colors and backdrop that has clear telling characteristics of one’s occupation

My Interpretation of My World:

 

Aite that’s all, folks.

kisscoollaughingembarassedsealed

Time:  https://oss.adm.ntu.edu.sg/qchua007/week-3-project-research-finalisation/

Object that Fascinates – Research & Finalisation

What is one object that fascinates me:

•       TIME      

Watch tells time. It has always been something that fascinates me deeply. Time has no shadow, neither does it take any physical form. Yet, it is way more precious than anything else on earth.

They say, “Time is money.”, but I beg to differ. Time is priceless. It cannot be quantified into figures like how money do. You can always earn back the money that is lost. How about time? Can you recover time?

We always hesitate in the face of challenges, and many a time, good opportunities, telling ourselves that there will be ‘next time’. Hence, we postpone doing good things, doing things we love, and eventually, setting our dreams aside altogether.

Time once gone, is gone for ever. Only in photographs can time stands still. We should make the most of our everyday life, just like the saying – Carpe Diem.

Hence, through this series of photographing an apparatus that tells time, I want to make use of this opportunity to remind myself the value of time.

Research: Mindmap/Thought Process

 

Artist Inspiration:  Bobby Kiran Yeo, @bobbykiranyeo

Taken from: https://www.instagram.com/bobbykiranyeo/

Core Concepts & Photography Style:

  • Advertorial Style
  • Color wise: Strong dominant hue
  • Modern minimalist

My Interpretation of Time:

The first and second images were shot in low light. This setting can be easily manipulated because it is moody and evocative. I shot this in low shuttle speed so that I can introduce some amount of blur in my photograph. I am looking to shoot my item at a place which will bring across the feel of timelessness which will reflect the mood I want to bring across.

Photographs were shot in raw so that I could adjust the color temperature in post production phase. In this case, I selectively desaturated some of the core colors, e.g: green and blue.

The other few:

My World: https://oss.adm.ntu.edu.sg/qchua007/my-world-research-finalisation/

Week 2, Class Exercise

 

Hello, World 🙂

1-Point Perspective:  Location – ADM Library

Type of shot: Wide Shot

 

2-Point Perspective:  Location – ADM Library

Type of shot: Medium Wide Shot

 

3-Point Perspective: Location: ADM Library, The spiral

Type of shot: High angle shot