So, wow, the semester has flown right by. Didn’t even see it coming. The 48-hour video race was awwweeessommmee. The screening was my favorite part. It was great seeing everyone’s projects and how they used their prop in it. The prop ended up being a chalk Easter egg. IT was different and we had a lot to play with when it came down to putting it in our film. I chose to do something simple and I used the digital camera, taking video and mixing it with still photographs. What I did in the film was a funny segment with me hitting golf balls. IN the end, I used the chalk egg and it exploded.
Cutting it together required a little mix of sound effects and titles, but I thought it turned out exactly how I hoped. It was just a little over a minute, but it never really dragged. The screening process was still the best part. Each project was really cool, or really funny. The other things I liked were how we watched each film. IT was in the back yard with a screen, the air was just a little chilly but I thought it was awesome, but we all just sat on the lawn and watched them. We gave each other great feedback and it felt really personal to talk to everyone a seeing what we did. I thought the 48 video races was not really a race, but more like a rewarding experience at the end. It culminated with everyone’s ideas mixing.
Some of my favorite films involved same use of the web cam. Todd’s project was cool with the fast motion and I really liked Wes’s because of how he used the web cam and the cell phone video camera. The simplest ones were the greatest ones. Whether it involved a skateboard or a magical egg, it was funny to what till the end and see how it comes full circle.
When I was making the film, at first, I kept thinking, what the hell am I going to do with it? I wanted to see how the egg would hold up to the golf club. It proved that it couldn’t hold up well. Haha. I figured everyone would draw with it, so when not blow mine up. I had this notion that people would love to see the mystery prop get destroyed. Everyone loved it, and so did I.
Overall, the experience of the class and the video race taught me how fun it is making shorts and the enjoyment that others get while watching your work. It felt relieving to see everyone laugh and enjoy the golf egg film. A little bit of everyone’s personality showed through their work and since that the class size is so small, we could tell who made each one. Soon, I want to take another stab at making more experimental films. They were fun and the payoff is well worth it. Danny Glover once said, “I’m too old for this shit”
Well, I am not, I could do this forever. So Danny Glover…..you are wrong..