I've been thinking a lot about my final video project from England. For those who haven't seen it or don't know what I'm talking about, my final project for my video production class this summer was to create a 3-5 minute video of anything I wanted. With this, I started to create a what I call "video concerto." It has three movements:
I. introspective Zaka by Jennifer Higdon
II. reflection Keymaster by Caleb Burhans
The first movement (here) focuses on high contrast, movement, and textures. It's entitled "introspective" because often times while deep in the thought process, we can only see things as black and white. Our minds can create these ultimatums where it can either be one or the other. In those times, our minds can be confusing, scary, misleading, and chaotic. Our minds race so quickly that all we can hold onto are overlapping images and the memory of our emotions.
The second movement (in the making) is a typical "slow movement." "reflection" is about those moments one might have right before going to bed. Images we remember from our day are a part of us, but we cannot change them. They are separate, and the only thing we can do is watch them replay in our minds. In this, I use a window as a screen for these thoughts. Someone is looking out the window, but they cannot touch it. This movement uses low saturation and low contrast.
The th movement (up in the air) is fast-paced, energetic, and free. Colors are lush, bright, and perhaps skillfully exaggerated. I haven't chosen a piece for "optimism" yet but I have a few in mind. This is those days when you are optimistic (hence the title) and you put on those rose-tinted glasses. There may or may not be a narrative, but most likely not. Recently, I have been questioning who defines reality for us and who lets us interprets what is true or not. I'd like to think it's ourselves. Why shouldn't we be the ones to decide what is great and what isn't? So with these questions, I hope to create something that leaves the feeling of optimism for all types of realities.