An objective POV

The idea of this exercise is to take the same story from the last one, but shoot it from an objective point of view. This means that instead of seeing what the subject sees, we see what the subject does from different angles. 

I sketched out my story board and will explain with every image what idea I have with the scenes.

Scene 1 and 2

Scene 1: Woman sits at the table, long distant shot, eye level to show a general impression of the room and the fact that there is nobody else around. Because it is shot at eye level, we can see a bit of the boredom in the expression of the woman's face. 

Scene 2: Somewhat low angle shot that focuses in on the eye that sees the bottle. I want to keep this a close up shot to show the eye language, so that there is an identification from the viewer with boredom and curiosity.

Scene 3: Shot from a back angle in which we can see the person walking to the kitchen. Because we only see the back, curiosity is built up about where the person is walking to.

Scene 4: Camera from low angle where box is to show eagerness of the face and the dominating effect of the bottle.

Scene 5: Medium shot from the side. Objective eye level view that distances viewer from person and creates a moment of silence. The subject turns around quickly.

Scene 6: Subject walks from the pantry to the hallway. It is not going to be a birds eye view, but high angle. I'm just not good at drawing this! We can see the subject looking around the corner and walk back. Because it's taken from a distance, the entire movement from walking out of the pantry and back is very clear. 

Scene 7: Subject is medium shot from a low eye level, the pantry is visible. The subject gets the bottle and pours herself a drink. The low angle and closer shot shows the intimacy and secrecy of the moment.

First I recorded the movie with myself as the subject. I did notice that it was hard to focus on the subject, so I asked my son to act instead and change the alcohol addiction for cola.

While shooting the sequence I realised a few things: First of all, I really need to learn some more technical skills to be able to get the quality better. Second, having my own kid as an actor does not work and I might better spend more time and be the actor myself. 

Looking back at the video, I see that the first part is too fast and that I've skipped the second scene. Because of this, there's not really a built up tension and explanation of what is happening, which should actually be the entire idea of the video.

I looked at a few other videos from other students and was first of all surprised to see such a difference in the results! It shows that from the same narrative so many different interpretations can arise. Paul's video starts with a close up shot from a man who wakes up. The close up effect brings an immediate sense of curiosity, because you don't know the circumstances in which he's waking up and just as the man doesn't know what might have happened while he was sleeping, the viewer doesn't know what is going to happen at all. My idea was to start with a wide angle view to show the surroundings the subject is in, but compared with the close up, it doesn't bring any suspense at all.

An other shot that I really liked was the one in which the drink is in the foreground, close up, and in the back the man is sitting on the couch looking at it. This immediately settles a kind of a relationship between the man and the bottle. The bottle is bigger and dominant, the man smaller. In my clip it's not even possible to see what the subject is looking for, so it takes a lot longer before the viewer knows what's going on. Since the subject is only looking at something and walking towards it, it's not particularly interesting.

An other thing I noticed again in watching my own movie and that of others is that pace makes such a difference in keeping the viewer's attention. I want to be more aware of that when shooting the final image for this assignment.