This digital story is for CMWP assignment. This digital story is produced by Chengming (Jason), Zihan (Fred), An Chen , and I. Our roles are:
Me self, as director, editor ( include color grading)
An Chen, as Producer, writer, and actress.
Zihan is our star, his performance from first scene till the end.
Chengming, as animator and actor, the all VFX are composed by him.
Everyone uses own skills to make contribution to this project. So without them, it can not be made.
We want to make a video about food and water waste. However, it is not necessarily to be made in boring and serious way to preaching at audiences, but in funnier and unrealistic way, by telling a man how spend a bad luck day after he waste food and water. In terms of showing unrealistic, we look back to the early history of VFX, and we think the stop trick can be used in our video. The stop trick is created by Georges Melies in 1900s. See the viedo below:
Aesthetically, Besides the stop trick skill used, we also refer some movies that use different frame style. For example, we turn camera 90 degrees then incline the camera to shoot a shot for demonstrate the man is under the unstable and unrealistic context. We see the style of the shot is used in the opening scene of OScar award film Slumdog Millionaire.
We also use the LUT (look up table) tool in Davinci Resolve Lite to grade color after the shot, which can statistically make the color space of digital camera to that of film, to get film look. The introduction of LUT you can find it on my previous blog,https://s3419839.wordpress.com/2014/05/29/slough-of-despond-3-advanced-blogging/ However, LUT comes with very long time to deal with, and it does need a highly performed computer. Thanks to the powerful computers from RMIT’s building 9 to deal with LUT, it allows us save more time.
The original clip. The graded clip.
About the sounds, we export built-in sounds files from Apple Final Cut Studio Soundtrack pro (even including the sounds of noise) in stead of synchronization recording, because we don’t have any mic phone is as good as capturing high quality sounds. The reason of using sounds of noise from software is that the noise from camera can not be used for continuity shots. However, some of sounds are captured by iphone. For getting invisible cut, we make the soundtrack of each clip occur in advance at frames, but some sounds at seconds for getting sense flow.
We also have regret. We could have made the digital story better. For example, in opening scene, the tripod was not used, considering I and Zihan would jump to the sea to shoot the jump shot, and tripod in sea is useless. In fact, tripod only in that shot is useless, so we could use tripod in other shots of opening scene.
Another example is that, the shot in the end that the man comes in the room from dark. It can be shot with more change between shadow and light area, just as the shot in Django Unchained by Quentin Tarantino.