To filmmakers because we must not build our work solely on individual experience and on ‘artistic inspiration.’ Tested methods, the experience of colleagues must be recognized and studied. I want to assist that process as much as I can
— Lev Kuleshov

Indeed, there are many things we can work on alone, however, during the media production process, learning and practicing with your peers is crucial. We need to articulate ideas to others and collaborate our talents to get things done. Especially media production is an intensive procedure and it requires time and commitment, so each group member has a certain responsibility to participate and support each other. All the projects you're going to watch below I worked with Alexa DeJesus, my great colleague who definitely contributed lots of her thoughts and skills during the entire semester. Mentoring credit goes to our Media Production Lab professor J.R.Osborn at Georgetown University's Communication, Culture & Technology master's program. 

 

 
 
 

Bubbling 涌

We re-discovered the fountain in Dahlgren Chapel square at GU campus. Since "structure controls the order in which the story information is given to the viewer". We began the film with close up shots in different angles to show the details of the bubbling water and its effect on each part of the fountain. We want to guide our viewers to explore and follow the flow of water. At the end, the camera zooms out to show a holistic view of the fountain and its location.

Tips: Don't forget the natural ambient sound when you're editing, it's a great tool/way to guide viewers to think and feel the distance of shots. 

 

Bubbling Battle 涌斗

We re-edited “Bubbling 涌,” and changing the viewing experience by increasing the speed and reversing the footage. In this production we incorporated music and editing to a strong rhythm to match the speed of bubbling water. Watching this short video, we want to convey a message to our viewer that something cheer you up and build a competitive atmosphere

Tips: Challenge yourself to reuse footage, play with different orders, speed, colors and background sound/music. 

 

Burglary Soundscape

"Semiotics is the discipline that studies everything which can be used to tell a lie, If something cannot be used to tell as lie, conversely it cannot be used to tell the truth: it cannot in fact be used to tell anything at all."  --- Umberto Eco                                                      

With this in mind, we construct a tale of a burglary by using different nonverbal sounds.While it was difficult to create accurate sounds to help listener recognize the thief and his series of actions, we made it happen after many times of recording and were able to tell the story "vividly". Ultimately, the editing process helped us polish the orignial sounds to better match our storytelling.

Tips: Never be lazy to re-record and use a professional recorder

 

Nirvana 涅槃

"The poetic mode sacrifices the conventions of continuity editing and the sense of a very specific location in time and place that follows from it to explore associations and patterns that involve temporal rhythms and spatial juxtaposition." --- Bill Nichols

Now, it's our final project "Nirvana涅槃", a poetic exploration documentary to explore the change in nature. We highlighted a variety of details in living change through close up shots of the foliage at different locations, also integrating medium shots to show a bigger landscape. In order to give a sense of "change", we try to guide viewers to follow the life of fallen leaves from the river to th ground, from the golden yellow to the dark red, from life to death. “Feel It Still,” the song we chose to emphasize that change will always be with us, regards the alteration of life and death as a natural process and considers that we should face it calmly and try to find your own Nivana there.

Tips: Take your enougth footage by using one professional camera,for this video I'm using Fujifilm XT2 / 56mm. 

 

To be a film-maker, you have to lead. You have to be psychotic in your desire to do something. People always like the easy route. You have to push very hard to get something unusual, something different.
— Danny Boyle