It’s so exciting to make videos with our group! The name of our project is “Ai (爱) Shanghai”. By exhibiting several representative places in Shanghai in a day, we are showing our understanding of this unique city. Basically there’re three parts in the final video. The First Part: morning at the Bund, children feeding pigeons in the People’s Square and local residences jogging show the vigour of this modern city. The second part in the park represents the residents’ leisure daily life in the afternoon. The last part in Tian Zi Fang indicates that Shanghai is a sleepless city. Hope you enjoy it!
Making a video is not an easy work though. We first had a longgg discussion on the topic of our video and finally agreed to make a trip in Shanghai. Each one of us takes charge of shooting two places in Shanghai, so we created the storyboard separately. At that time, we had no idea of the duration and how to link our shootings together. When we started filming, we decided to shoot in different times during a day and link separate shootings in chronological order. Considering that Shanghai is a metropolis within diversified characteristics, we chose three different pieces of music: a relaxing one in the morning, a slow music for the afternoon part and a fast-paced song for the night in Shanghai. The final effect is pretty good.
According to comments received in class, we made the part in the park more compact. We also made some adjustments in the order of the scenes. We found ending with the night scenery in the Bund a good idea for it gives our video a perfect unity.
At last, thanks Alicja for her superb photography and Villa for her skillful using in Adobe Premiere.
It actually took us much time to first decide which kind of video we would like to make. We felt hard to make a choice between a funny story or a scenery video of Shanghai. We tried to think about funny stories but we failed. Therefore, we finally chose to do the homage of Shanghai. Actually, this video doesn’t simply introduce the beautiful scenery of Shanghai, it shows our Shanghai. People Square is the place where I spent most of my childhood. Feeding doves with my parents on weekends is one of my top ten memories. Since we had six spots to go, each one of us got two. My part is of course my beloved doves and the park near my home. We took good advantage of the amazing weather during the Spring Break and finished shooting when we returned to class. But then the biggest problem emerged. Since we don’t want to divide the footage by spot, it is very difficult to mix them and then put them together. And we had no idea about which music we should choose. At last we figure out a way of piecing footage together-finding similarity and put similar footage together. And we decided to use three different music to represent the different perspectives of Shanghai: Energetic, Relieving and Modern. The effect is actually better than we thought it would be, so we were all very excited. After the sharing class on Thursday, we got plenty of feedback from our classmates. We cut many park scene that seem abundant and thus reducing the time to 6 minutes. We also fixed the day scene to night scene and night to day problem. The only trouble is that we had different opinions about transition between footage, but after a compromise we finally figured out the appropriate solution.
In all, the whole video shooting to video editing process is so amazing and exciting to me. I really love making videos!!!!!!!!!
It was my first time really making my own video, from the very beginning till the end, and I loved it. Before, when I worked on a video, I was only involved in one part of the process – either filming, editing or script-writing, so it was wonderful to go through the entire process this time. Not to say it was easy though.
In our group, we all had different ideas about what and how to do it. The process of making the video was a constant discussion about different options, which ended in coming up with a compromise – hopefully though it made our video better.
After coming up with several ideas, including filming a short story or a music video, we decided to work on a project that allowed us to use what we all have in common – our fascination with Shanghai. Each of us sees the city differently, and so each of us covered a different side of Shanghai for the video. The footage that we had after the shooting process (which was so much fun!) was extremely rich in its diversity.
That was its big advantage, but also a challenge for us – we had to somehow make all those different scenes (day and night, fast and slow, lively and relaxed…) work together as a unified piece. And in the end I think we were pretty successful at that (though it was not an easy or quick process). We spent a lot of time arranging and rearranging sequences, listening to potential songs we might use, and checking out many different fonts, before we finally decided on the final version. That was a long and tedious, sometimes confusing (“I don’t know which option is best anymore!”), but overall a pretty satisfying journey. Also, the tips we received from our classmates helped us enormously, we implemented them and I believe they made our project much better, so thank you all!