For the video workshop we were set out to shoot a 2-3 minute film based on a suburb of London in the year 2054. Based on research I decided not to have any characters or objects as it would not give it a futuristic feel, this is because you never know what fashion or technology you will see 30 years from now. I decided this from the film Back to the Future part II in which we see the year 2015 depicted from 1989; this is because we see things that we find silly (the auto adjustable jacket) or too modern (flying cars).
Based on the bible there is nothing good about the future, we see many verses such as revelation 13:7 “It was given power to wage war against God’s holy people and to conquer them. And it was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. ” And 13:16-17 “16 It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, 17 so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.”
The year 2054 reminded me of book my college teacher wrote ‘Quantum Drop’ which was also set in the future, where the future is also not a pleasant place.
From previous research I decided to only use shots of simple/minimalistic objects and nature as these things will always stay the same or will be present in the future. I have decided to make an advert for a campaign against the totalitarian government in the year 2054. From the storyboard you can visualise my ideas.
Do you remember, in 2014 when we had equality, we were free, we had privacy, real organic food, you had control over your money and right to practice religion, we had choice.
Things have changed, your freedom is limited, privacy no longer exists, you have no control over your income, organic food belongs to the rich, we have a global controlling government, one world religion.
Do you still have a choice? Yes you do! Join us, join us to fight the government and help us to bring back our freedom.
We have decided to shoot in Canary Wharf and Stratford (Olympic Park). Canary Wharf is one of the most modern parts of London with many different arts. Stratford is currently experiencing regeneration and expansion from the 2012 Olympics, that is why we chose the Olympic park in Stratford as it looks different from the town, but in future that is how I see Stratford.
World controlled under one totalitarian government needs to be stopped, ‘Resurrection’ is a global campaign to promote world freedom and to fight for our rights as human beings in the year 2054, where people are mind controlled, enslaved and segregated, being stuck as puppets of the New World Order elite.
My job roles were to be the director, editor, production coordinator and I was in charge of the sound/music. The 3 technique rules I chose is: black and white, only outdoor locations and at least 2 tracking shots.
Based on research from week 9, I decided the Film to be a campaign to fight a totalitarian government, trying to capture the future in present times was very difficult and only modernised and simple/natural places would help the most, it was difficult finding interesting shapes and nature shots that I had in mind so I visited Canary Wharf; most modern place in London I could think of and Stratford Olympic Park. It was a challenge to shoot in these places as we kept getting stopped by security guards asking us for permit, we even had to stop recording on week 10 as we had no ID cards with us to show the security.
Hiring the equipment was also a challenge as I could not handle all the heavy equipment on my own so I had to get a colleague to help but been let down, and this happened with commitment as well as some people was not able to come in, due to other work needing to get done. So I would need to improve on motivating the team to be more committed and plan more ahead or create a schedule.
My strength is in editing, I always enjoyed editing since college for 3 years and remembered most the things I have been taught. I always used older versions of Final Cut Pro so it was easier to import videos on the timeline, the latest version of Final Cut Pro is more advanced in that sense but a lot easier to use. For the start of the video I put the name of the campaign (our title) from the titles browser, and then todays present time and location. Then cut all the clips and followed the storyboard order of scenes. After I put all the scenes in order on the timeline I drag & dropped the ‘black & white’ effect on all the clips. The average scene length was 5 seconds. Then what I did was insert the sound (file > import > media) and placed it where appropriate.
After the video looked ready I decided to add calm synth sounds from GarageBand, in the loops section, that way there will be no copyright issues. I then added fading text to the video of the keywords spoken in the voiceover; the text had no background so that the scenes are visible.
Finally I added the campaign logo made in Adobe Illustrator and scrolling text – credits.
What could have been improved was thinking of all outcomes; having a plan B and being better organised, having better communication with the team and making sure we get more shots of what is needed with more variety of angles.