Final Project

In this project, I took the role of film editor again. We have quite large quantities of footage to deal with. Athihra helped me with a rough order sequence. although our project is not potent in the narrative I still want it present in a logical manner.


I have and restore some shaky clips. For color grading, I enhanced the contrast and saturation of every clip. In the meantime, I managed to make greens remain natural.

Dream Sequence

The first thing comes to my mind when I think about a dream sequence is The Interpretation of Dreams. (I haven’t  read the whole book, haha) According to Freud’s theory, Dreams liberate the repressed desire and fear that deep in our minds. And everything occurs in the dream is based on a trace of reality. Our project is following these rules.

After discussing the concept of the project, we decided to combined our ideas together. I would like to continue to have some traits from my previous time-lapse assignment – a screen connecting Multiple dimensions.  So the dream sequence, there are three layers, it will unveil to the audience one by one.

I think the idea of the concept and post-editing were influenced by Inception and a Japanese animated film Paprika. although Paprika is an animation film the editing methods are more like movies. I am so fascinated with the transition of dream and reality which will always surprise me. That’s the reason why I overlay my first part on the last scene of Athihra’s part.

Some post-production progress: superpose former footage onto the tv screen.

Time-lapse – Screen

This work started with a question that how much time will I spend on my smartphone every day. I have to admit that it is a tough question. I think why not just record down the screen of my phone for a whole day. In the meantime, I wanted to have a clue for the elapse of time. I chose to put my phone on the table against the window. Through the window, I can see every slight change in the sky in one day.

What is important in the time-lapse video is the presence of time. Audiences can find a trace that reflects the passing of time. The whole work is a container that can condense the time.

The screen of the smartphone is a window of the internet world.

The window of the room is a screen for the elapsed time.

This also reminds me of the work from Eric Pickersgill the Removed. In his work, he also questions how much smart devices have interfered in our interpersonal relationships. Did we spend too much time on the screen? Through this project, I find out that I did rely on my phone even I had to shoot it. I had set a series of alarm to remind me of taking one picture in a regular interval ( I shot more frequently during dusk since the light changed so rapidly). Once the alarm rings, I will stop what I am doing and just record whatever is on my phone’s screen. I hope this project will be a  witness and a warning for me. I should be careful about the excessive weightage of the smart device that has played in my life.

Cinemagraphy – Stagnant

First version:

Final Version:  https (The file size is too big, Please click the link to view)://

When photo no longer is still, it becomes Cinemagraphy. There are a lot of mundane activities that can be used as materials of cinemagraphy. What will make a cinemagraphy visually appealing is the contrast between motion and stillness. If what is supposed to move but remains still will create the impact and sparkle, and vice versa.

The sink area is the place we will go every day. I just feel if water keeps running, but there is no ripple at all, although it is against our common sense it makes me feel interested and uncanny. In the new version, I enhanced the contrast, and I have color graded the clip. I want to present it in a clean and vintage look. To foil the stagnant foam in the sink, I applied the ripple effect to the rest in the frame. It also creates an illusion for the audience. In the original clip, the water running from the tap is not obvious, so I add some noise to it to make it more conspicuous.