To begin with, we had two ideas. The first was to somehow capture the shadows of the architecture of the mosque and the people congregating around it. This religious place is an important symbol of both our cultures and is instantly identifiable with Islamic architecture and therefore culture. The second idea was to film a man creating large “bubble” art at one of the local parks. The purpose behind this specific idea was to capture the colors and the reflection that the sun created through the movement of the liquid bubble. However, we eventually ended up capturing several elements and principles of design as we filmed everyday routines through a storm.
We were very pleased with our results especially because our endeavor hadn’t been planned and was hence very unintentional. The angle from such a high building and the composition was very captivating and hard to ignore.
If we could have done it differently I would have liked to show more of the view that we actually saw, which wasn’t as clear on camera as we had hoped. Looking out the window, a sense of calmness was evident in the air. However, as the rain got stronger my eye kept on wandering from side to side trying to take in the movement of the rain, cars and flag as well as trying to look for more surprises. I had hoped that the audience would react the same way, instead of it being a still shot of a typical everyday routine. I wanted the viewers to feel the same rush that I did as they tried to take in everything that was going on in the short movie. Rewardingly, when most of the students responded in the manner we wanted them to, (asides from the criticism of one student) our fear of showing this clip without any prior film experience went away when we get positive feedback.
One movie that stood out for me (although the idea was made into more than one movie) was the soccer Lumiere film made by Anna and Sofia. What made it stand out was the angle that they filmed it from. The way the light shone through the goal post created an unusual yet exciting perspective. However, what I didn’t like about it was that there was no tangible “mood” achieved. Nevertheless, I felt slight suspense as to what was going to emerge from behind the bright light. All in all, I think they did a very good job with following the restrictions of the Lumiere film.
Although there wasn’t a specific movie that I didn’t like, there was one that I thought was lacking in quality. The idea of filming behind the water fountain as people came to drink was very creative, but the execution of the movie was poor. Due to the random movement and shakiness of the actual camera, this Luimere film didn’t follow the set requirements and I believe that because of this the movie wasn’t as enjoyable as it should have been. I also agree with a comment made by one of the students in class, that rather than just capturing a typical angle, I would have preferred to see the water coming out of that fountain rather than the girl’s hair that was covering it. Whilst watching it, I believed that the group wanted the audience to view what goes on from a certain angle of the object as if the camera was unseen and the people in the movie wouldn’t notice that they were being filmed. However, a girl hiding behind a small water fountain would be hard to ignore! I think that they could have put more planning into filming the movie, in order to effectively portray the “mood” they wanted to achieve.
In conclusion, all the movies were very well executed and inspired me to watch more of what was going to happen after the one minute. After this movie task, I have taken an interest in Lumiere films and plan on filming more for my own amusement!