Partners: Salomon, Jaime
Tasks: –Website & Coding: Salomon and Jaime ;Video shooting/ editing: Kaitlin
Actors: Taylah Bland (Main girl), Bella Malixi (Best friend), Jaeven Aylor (Counselor), Joshua Jensen (Father), and Lauren Benedict (Mother).
Story: For our video project, we decided to base our story on a painter who has continuously been discouraged by her parents, best friend, and counselor as she strive to get into her dream art school. The main actors name is Taylah and throughout the video, she is trying to finish her artwork to submit to her dream art school for the application process. However, as she paints she is suddenly reminded by all the discouragements that she encountered throughout her life. Her parents are the first to discourage her dream as she drops her paintbrush, she is reminded of the time when her parents barged into her room and discovered that she has been secretly painting even though they have warned her many times that she should be focusing on school work instead. In this scene, the father takes away her paint brush while her mother takes away her other art supplies and proceeds to throw them to the ground. After this flashback, Taylah picks up her paintbrush and continues to paint. As she washes the paint off her brush, she accidentally splashes water on the picture frame of her and her best friend. As she takes time to clean the frame she is reminded of the time when her best friend also told her that her dream to get into art school isn’t realistic and that she just wanted the best for Taylah. This probably hurt Taylah the most because her best friend, Bella, has been by Taylah’s side ever since they were young and watched her develop a passion for art through all these years. Lastly, as Taylah looks at the current process of her masterpiece, a hall pass falls out of her sketchbook. As picks up this hall pass, she is reminded of the time when she tried to speak to her counselor about her major and was totally discouraged as her counselor attempted to persuade her to change her major. The different scenes that stem from the main video, are essentially flashbacks to past events.
We divided the story board so each of us would be in charge of certain scenes.
- Girl Painting/ Parents: Kaitlin
- Best Friend: Jaime
- Counselor: Salomon
For the storyboard, we wanted to set the scene as Taylah painting the artwork she’s going to use to submit for her college application. Within this storyboard, it indicates the objects that need screenshots and use those screenshots as “onclicks” to link to other pop up videos. For the painting scene, we decided to shoot it in Taylah’s bedroom. Although the storyboard was closely followed, there were more shots that were integrated.
First pop up video (Parents):
For this scene, we also decided the location to be in Taylah’s bedroom, but takes place in the past. I decided to close the curtains for the lighting to be darker because this scene is essentially a secretive scene, where Taylah is trying to “sneakily” paint. So, painting in a darker setting would seem fitting. It starts with Taylah painting, then hearing the knock on the door. As she hears the knock she acknowledges its her parents and she panics to clean her art supplies. For this scene I decided to utilize the “J-cut” voice transition for mothers voice. However, her parents still discovers that she is doing artwork instead of school work and starts to lecture her about her unrealistic future. For this scene, it was hard to follow the storyboard exactly, because we realized that it was impossible for the shots to be acquired on a bed because in the dorms we mostly have lofted beds. Secondly, in order to capture the intense reaction of the parents, it just seemed more suited for the scene to be filmed in a steady wide shot of the mother and father yelling at Taylah then leaving as the video fades out into a flashback filter.
Second pop up video (Best friend):
This was Jaime’s storyboard. For the best friend shot, it was originally suppose to be filmed in the park near the dorms, however, it actually rained that day so I had to change the setting to be in the common space on my floor. For this scene, I utilized the natural light that seeped through the balcony window because this scene isn’t suppose to be secretive. Taylah’s best friend is looking out for her and essentially worried that her passion won’t take her far. She is essentially giving her advice. Although this is the most calm scene out of all the flashbacks, it essentially hurts her the most since Bella is her best friend and has watched her paint ever since they were young.
Final pop up video (Counselor):
This was Salomon’s storyboard, however, I had to redraw them since the original counselor left for the break and we had to change to a boy counselor. It was also hard to find a setting that closely matched the one pictured above.
This was the new storyboard that I put together. In this storyboard the setting is set to be in the art therapy room on the 5th floor near health and wellness. In this scene, I also decided to make the scene a little darker since the counselor is essentially bringing Taylah down and convincing her to change her major. This is probably one of my most favorite scenes as it was the most fun to film.
This is the hall pass I created as a prop for the video.
During the actual production, there were multiple shots that utilized different angles that weren’t able to be integrated into the actual video. For the painting scene, we had to re-film a couple of times because it took a lot of trial and error in order to make the paint brush roll naturally off the sketchpad.
For the best friend scene, I attempted to utilize multiple angles, but none of them seemed fitting. Since this is a serious setting, the other angles become a distraction from the actual meaningful conversation.
Lastly, in the counselor scene, there were a lot of different angles that were also unable to be integrated because they become an distraction after all the angles that have already been incorporated.
For post production, I utilized Adobe Premiere Pro to edit the shots. It was fun getting to putting together all the different shots and making our vision of the video come to life. During the editing process, my most utilized transitions were probably the “cross-fades,” “fade-in,” “fade-outs,” and “flashback.” For the tools, I used the razor tool the most to cut the clips.
For our visual assets, we decided to go with the “less is more” theme and add subtle touches to the paint board. We decided to download a unique “paint” font in order for the header and the footer to look like words that were painted onto the board as it would be visually pleasing since the video is in relation to artwork.
For this process, I decided to utilize “DaFont.com” to download a paint font and with he aid of w3school.com I was able to learn how to integrate the downloaded font with @font-face. However, this was through many trial and errors. The first time trying to use the font, it wouldn’t work and I realized it was because I needed the “..” to retrace out of the folder and into the new font folder. The second attempt also failed because I neglected the second “/” to retrieve from the source. After multiple attempts, the font was finally able to work.
During this project, it was really fun because most of the actors are some of my closest friends and filming them was so natural and there were no tensions. Since most of them are close friends as well, it was really easy for them to talk naturally to each other while acting their part. It was also very cool trying to integrate the different angles to give the video more dimension and perspective.
Some of the challenges I faced in this project was the unpredictable weather and the lighting. Due to the weather, a lot of the original settings had to be changed for video and it was hard to match the lighting of each scene since the videos were acquired through the course of 2 days. It was also hard trying to reset the settings to match the day before in order for the shots to look sequential. If I were to redo this project again, I would probably try to check the weather the day before and set aside time to film when the weather was nicer. Also probably trying to develop the main character a little more since most of the video she is just painting and the tension only arises through the different pop ups. Furthermore, I would like to give the main character more depth or background for users to be able to relate more.