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Formative Assessment Prep & Feedback

 

I took the two hours of footage and worked in Premier Pro to cut it down to show for assessment. The above video is what I showed in my assessment, upon uploading to YouTube I noticed it wasn’t the correct colour or brightness, but this is due to the fact that it’s been edited slightly to be appropriate for projection as that can wash footage out slightly. For the final show I want to have a full length video projected onto a large wall, playing over and over again with subtle edits where necessary. For the assessment I decided it was more appropriate to cut down to the most interesting parts of the footage. I collected a media player and a projector with a wider throw and projected the film onto the large moveable wall in G05.

The footage was really crisp in the foreground and obviously softer where the plane of focus fell off near the back of the frame. When I was editing it I didn’t notice it so much because the screen was at eye level, however once I projected it onto a wall that met with the floor I noticed it all felt a little low. I don’t want to display the footage higher, I want it to take up a large amount of space, so when I reshoot I’ll need to adjust my framing. I noticed a lot of the fallout from the clay forms ended up falling off frame, which is something I want to adjust in the reshoot as well.

Feedback

The feedback was encouraging and everyone really enjoyed watching the video. It felt immersive and intimate despite being so simple. The materiality is well considered and appropriate for the work, most of the improvements I need to make are small changes to the framing and refining details such a focal planes and making sure everything is 100% smudge free so the film is as clear as possible.

Language: Very Good – Very simple yet effective. Make sure the horizon line and framing are perfect in the reshoot. Work on resolving small issues with the materials used in the reshoot: make sure the container I shoot in is clear of smudges and marks, make sure the wall I’m projecting onto is also free of marks.

Skills: Good/Very Good – Refine all the small bits in the reshoot, perfect the simplicity of everything.

Ideas: Very Good/Excellent – Look into working on a small piece of text to give the actual work more context. The work itself might not need this but it could help for when it comes to writing something for the publication.

Communication: Very Good – Think about what three words communicate the ideas driving work & consider how these words are communicated when I reshoot.

By the next QRS group I should look to reshoot my video using several different camera angles, work on refining the small imperfections, consider how the materials I’m using speak of the issues I’m researching and how they communicate that to the audience without prompts.

Further thoughts:

I should try showing small segments of my work to viewers who aren’t familiar with my research and see what their feedback is.

I want investigate how the work changes when I introduce audio, either during filming or in post production – I need to test out a few options over Easter after I’ve gathered relevant audio. I’ve been thinking a lot about the feedback I had on the drafts for my dissertation earlier in the year, with Lisa commenting that the ideas were strong but the actual voices and experiences of the women I’m discussing were strangely absent from my writing. I think moving forward I want to see if incorporating that same methodology I used in the final stages of my writing can give the work more legs; by including the voices/testimonies/experiences of women how much does the work change, and does it need it?

I believe my work can have as many legs as I want, I just don’t need to extend them all the time.

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