These types of video’s are always my favourite to watch on youtube! I find them adorable and very funny, especially at 3am and on a sugar high.
Doing this shoot wasn’t too hard, the backgrounds were nice even colours and my subject did what I wanted with little guidance. The smallest bit of trouble came from the lighting. By the time we were able to do the photo’s there wasn’t much natural light left so most of it ended up being over head and side lights. I also had to play around with the ISO so as to not have the photo’s too bright or too dark. There were shadows I didn’t want showing up but in some it worked for what I wanted. I didn’t want to do a dramatic photo shoot, I chose to do a natural one, simple colours, clothes, hair, and makeup. I wanted to just show the simplicity of a portrait, how the subject can still look beautiful without distracting props, backgrounds, etc. It was fun to do and I definitely learned what I want/need when I do portraits again.
A little viral video I did for a school assignment, decided to show people that anyone can draw decently with practice. The first time I did it I didn’t realize the camera had stopped recording, so I had to redo it. I’d had too many photo’s so there wasn’t room for the whole video. I saved then deleted the photo’s and began recording again. My hand was pretty sore afterwards. The whole video was about 13min, but I sped it up and added some enjoyable background music.
Q: What type of video are you interested in? Who is your inspiration?
A: Mainly documentary style. I’m very interested in the process of making a film, what it involves from start to finish. I don’t have a specific inspiration at the moment but Michael Moore is definitely up there.
When it comes to documentary videos there are 6 main types used; The Poetic Mode, The Expository Mode, The Observational Mode, The Participatory Mode, The Reflexive Mode, and The Performative Mode. There is a trend being seen with younger up-and coming filmmakers making documentaries modified with elements more commonly found in fiction films. As opposed to boring videos where the facts are just given to you point blank it is becoming more popular to do videos that are informative but also have touches of humor, provocativeness, and blunt statements or opinions that become thought provoking. Some examples include Michael Moore’s, Bowling for Columbine and Sicko or Morgan Spurlock’s Super Size Me. There has also been an increase in the number of U.S. filmmakers who want to make films about other countries, possibly due to there being so many independent filmmakers in the U.S. compared to other countries, this leads to a lot of duplication of topics. But, with the changes of the styles of documentaries, what is available, and what lengths some filmmakers are willing to go to for their story, there really isn’t a shortage of topics to choose from.