Monday 3rd February was my birthday, hurrah! What better way to bring in your 33rd Birthday than to head to the seaside to gather some experimental footage to play with. There was a serious point to this journey, to refamiliarise myself with the techniques practiced so far as on Tuesday the 4th Feb, I headed to the World Capital of Rugeley for a week on location to collect a mere 31GB of visual and audio data of my Mother to assemble. That will be edited over the next few weeks.
Until then, there are some clips below which I will explain why I have shot and stacked them this way. Audio was recorded on this visit, but I’ve done nothing with it yet.
The first clip ‘Vicky Trail Changing’ is of my good lady, Dr Vicky, walking by the seafront lift. In my tutorial with Dave Charlesworth it was mentioned that (for him) the clips almost became boring once he’d figured out what had been done. Instead of simply stacking the footage in line with a single formula, in this clip I have made the stacked trail different lengths and let it catch up with itself at different points. When thinking of family stories, this reflects time passing more easily and faster at some points. It was extremely difficult to achieve and structure in editing – at one point there is over 100 layers of video playing at the same time all at different speeds.
Similarly below, ‘Vicky Running in to Focus’ has multiple stacked structures. The disoriented feeling you get when seeing the stacked eyes for instance is immediately forgotten as the footage returns to normal as Vicky returns to focus. The sharp stacked pull back is again shocking and designed that way, which shows a lot more dynamism in the work and only enhances the feeling of confusion.
This sequence ‘Southend on Sea Hyperstack/Timestack’ is a lot more similar to previous work. I have just started a Hyperlapse sequence with Timelapse which worked quite well. I would have preferred a more dynamic sweeping move, however it was a painfully cold day and there was an unsavoury character around who kept shouting ‘DON’T F***ING FILM YOU W***ER ME, I’M WANTED BY CRIMESTOPPERS’. I thought it best to stay in full view of a high street full of people.
Finally, in the spirit of Austin Kleon’s new book, ‘Show Your Work’, I thought it would be good to air some shots that didn’t really work. There were some subtleties which didn’t really come across the way I wanted but hey, I’ll explain them all so you don’t have to try to guess what’s going on. If you can bear the three minutes here, it’s everything that was filmed in Southend… with added crude editing (including a double scene inclusion). You will get to see some experiments that won’t be tried again probably!
One scene is of the sea front at 60fps. Nothing really goes on except for at the edge of the frame. This was a conscious decision believe it or not, in an attempt to divert the attention from centre frame, to the world existing outside it. This thought needs more mork. There is cool footage of birds flying, stacked at 60fps, revealing their flight pattern which is interesting.
A second scene sees our lovable protagonist, Vicky, running across the walkway. I centred her in After Effects so that although stacked, she’d be the most stable thing in frame with the background going mental. The experiment worked, however as expected the stacked background, looks like a paint pallet with too much mixed colour. Brown and bland and messy.
There are a few other scenes which I was happy with, however the whole exercise was to really hone my skills ahead of the visit to Rugeley, World Capital.