Week 14: Final Project Documentation – Theresa Lin (Chen)

link: http://imanas.shanghai.nyu.edu/~gl1593/Final/unlock.html

The overall narrative of our project from the proposal has changed a little. For our proposal, we wanted to focus on the importance of technology as a whole. We wanted a apocalyptic centered theme where everything such as the metro, electricity, cars, and technology all shut down. As the planning process proceeded, we opted to focus more on just phone usage.

Our project starts off with a blank black screen on the left side on the website and an iPhone on the right side. On the bottom of the iPhone we replicated the “Slide to Unlock” slider. When the user slides the slider, a video will start playing on the left side of the screen. The video is shot in first person perspective and the scene starts off with the person purchasing food at Family Mart. The video will then pause and have a black overlay with the text “What am I doing next?” to prompt the user to click on the correct app on the iPhone to proceed the scenario.The main interactivity of the website is a series of clicking on the app to proceed to the next scenario. At the end, a video saying “Can you live without your phone” will appear and then a clip of the animation “The System is Falling” created by Steve Cutts would play on the screen. By ending with that, we wanted to show the irony of phone usage in modern society especially in a place like Shanghai where people use their phones for almost everything.

Before we made the website we filmed the footage. We filmed without a tripod because it would be easier to move the camera when the person we were filming walked. (We weren’t able to use a gimbal because neither of us were able to go to the workshop). Unfortunately due to that, the video turned out to be really shaky; although at first we thought would be fine because it would add to the effect of the person walking. We realized that it was a mistake when we received feedback from the class.

Some of the walking scenes were really long so when we edited we tried to make it as short as possible, but it made some people feel nauseous because of how choppy the video was. If we could do it all over again, we would definitely re-film and re-edit most of the scenes that were shaky. For the video editing, most of the editing process was focused on color correcting the scenes. When we filmed the metro scenes, it was extremely blue compared to the scenes inside the building.

We also tried to fix the outdoor scenes because it was overly exposed. Color correcting the metro scenes went pretty well except for the scene where the metro arrived and the door opened. Inside the metro was really yellow and everything else had a blue undertone. We didn’t have enough time to spot correct so that’s one thing we would also try to fix. We would also re-film some of the scenes where the person was playing on her phone in different settings to elicit more strongly the idea that people are on their phones pretty much anywhere at any time of the day.

One minor error that we didn’t notice until we presented was the music playing in the beginning. The music was not meant to play in the beginning, but because we set the video to hidden, the video was playing in the background. Another thing we could fix is the videos at the end. They were a little out of sync. One of the feedback we received from the audience is the “Spend less time” checkbox is a little unnecessary and kind of sticks out. We could take that out. Additionally, we could also improve on the transition between scenes because they have a bit of disconnect. The transitions weren’t natural. We could also try to show a message letting the user know if they clicked on the wrong app. We would add more instructions at the beginning of the website to make it more clear as to what the user should do.

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