To begin, some background.
March 3, 2013 § Leave a comment
While I have very little experience in video production, I have completed two years in ANU’s Photomedia and Film Studies majors. In my creative practice (predominately in the photomedia discipline) I am yet to find a direction to which I want to devote myself, except to the mediums themselves. After two years here, this is the only thing I can say for sure: I love the photographic medium. I love the film medium.
I have some experience in film through exposure in film studies and a few small projects here and there. It could also be said I have a somewhat sound theoretical understanding of the medium (though I fully expect this to be contradicted before term’s end) from my photographic background, and it is here I intend to start.
Rather than plunge head first into this new arena, bereft of conceptual or aesthetic direction, I intend to make my first project an extension of a series of photographs I completed in 2011, my first year of ANU photomedia. In the photos, shown below, I am exploring a surreal perception of time and moments never happened. This will be my conceptual starting point. Technically, the photos are not post-processed beyond standard darkroom techniques and any special effects are achieved in-camera. With this in mind, I hope to translate many of the photographic techniques (that build a specific aesthetic) to the film medium.
These are some of the photographic techniques I want to translate to film:
- custom white-balance combined with specific lighting to shift background colours
- combined motion blur and clarity of model
- semi-transparency of the models against the background
- use of flour/salt, modelled by the introduced light to appear as floating dust
- use of long exposures and flash lighting to balance ambient and subject exposures
Some techniques can be translated almost directly, like creative control of white-balance, while others require exploration of film special effects to achieve equivalent results, as is the case with mixing shutter speeds and flash to build an exposure.