First of, I want to mention how much I loved this class, and how fun it was to actually put all of this together. I love film and would want to pursue it further in the future as shooting is something that I really enjoy to do.
This was a very interesting process for me, as I always shoot and edit by myself most of the time, so working in a team with this type of project was a challenge. The reason it was a challenge, was because we all had different visions of what this documentary would be about. It is hard to make a film with three different visions, but at the end of the day that is what made it what it is now. Working in a team on this project made it a lot more clear to me what it would be like to work in the film industry which is something that i have considered in the past. Even when we were shooting, I would maybe shoot other aspects of this documentary and would want different angles or frames, while the others might have wanted something else – but that was also part of the beauty of the process.
I wouldn’t say that editing this film was difficult, once we had all of our footage at least. At first we did not have enough, so we ended up going out and shooting a bunch of other food shots in order to have more to work with. Shooting for me was my favorite part (obviously), but I also think that editing had a lot to do with the artistic interpretation of this film. Since we used the filter, we were able to make this documentary a bit more abstract and from there understand what it was that we really wanted to show about food and flavor. The film makes you think about food and flavor in a much more chemicalized way, which I believe was a lot more coincidental than anything else, because we wanted to conceptualize food and flavor in general. However, since the main character was a food chemist, it made sense to look at the filtered edits in that way.
This class taught me a lot about not only how others view my footage and my visions on film, but also taught me how to work as a team to come up with a creative piece. Editing for this movie definitely made me learn a lot more about Premiere than I knew before, and this will help me in future projects.
Documentary on Flavorist
For our documentary, Kenzo, Melissa, and I, will be filming a flavorist, who mainly focuses on being a flavorist for food companies. The flavorist was a chef, that now works in more of a corporate environment, in a lab, picking out different flavors for different food companies. We are still not sure if we are allowed to go to his actual lab, but we are going to first have an audio interview, in order to understand a little bit more about him and what he does.
This week, we had to make a sound piece based on Octavia Butler’s short story “Bloodchild.” This story is a sci-fi story about humans and aliens interacting. When talking about any story, there is always some type of arc or curve to the graph – we wanted to make a sound piece that had three different arcs, which would allow us to represent the emotions of the humans, the aliens, and the emotions of the two combined. First, we recorded a lot of beat noises; we went to the Kimmel center in a quiet room, and played with beats – heart beats, nail beats, piano beats, box beats, basically we made a lot of noises through our mouths, and a lot of noises with our hands and fingers. Since it is a sci-fi, we wanted noises that would represent more of a scary atmosphere, like nails scratching metal for example. After recording the noises, we opened them up in audition, and each tried distorting these noises and combining them to make them more representable to the characters in the book. The roles were divided by three; background noise, human noise, and alien noise. I was in charge of the human piece, and so I played a lot with the screams that we recorded, and the heart beats. By echoing them and looping them I was able to represent the emotions of the human being – the man giving birth, and the boy who is scared at what is about to come next. Once we finished representing these three we combined them together to make our own sound piece. Editing the piece was easier once we already had our noises, but structuring the piece in general was hard. We had a lot of different ideas and a lot of sound that we ended up just placing together and slowly aligned them next to what sounded best. We would always take some stuff out and then put them back in, and we played a lot with echoes and looping. Working as a team to do this project was really fun, and it really made us understand more about audition, as we all edited to make this piece while we were together, instead of editing individually. The end piece sounds very sci-fi, and very creepy, and that is the kind of story that we wanted to put out.
As someone who likes photography and videography, I always find myself finding inspiration from other photographers, but mostly, I find myself taking a photo, or a video, and then realizing that a similar one already exists. This is very common today in this field, because of the fact that social media accounts such as Instagram make it a lot harder to come up with new and innovative ideas because of what most people like to see. Plagiarism in this concept, I do not believe is a bad thing. It is important as an artist to always feed off other artists and be inspired by the great work that others have done. Taking the exact same photo as someone and calling it yours is not correct, and therefore plagiarism in that sense is wrong. But if pharmaceutical companies come up with new ways to help lives, and then just patent them to make sure that no one else is stealing their recipe is not the same as taking ideas from artists like Bob Dylan did. Bob Dylan was using certain type of music and changing it up to make it his own, and he is who we love and know today. Artists create art, pharmaceuticals researchers create medicine (which could also be considered as art), and thus, if researchers gave up some of their ideas, then other researchers can take some of those ideas and explore them further. The same with the I-phone – I mean if there was more than one type of I-phone, then other people may afford to have a smart phone too, one that does not cost as much as an I-phone does. Although there are other types of smart phones, such as Androids, what would be the problem with everyone just having cheap versions of I-phones? Apple essentially wants everyone to own an I-phone anyway, so why not just let other companies acquire it and have everyone just buy the same phone? This is a very interesting concept, as we always think of plagiarism as a taboo, therefore it is a thought-provoking idea which would be good to analyze further.
Today I took the poetry walk around the East Village, where Pejk Malinoski took us on a virtual tour around some of the main land marks of the most famous poets. What I liked about the tour the most, was the fact that it was not only virtual, but it allowed you to really have a perspective of how the east village is today, in regards to how it used to be. Trying to picture the Village in the 60’s really makes me want to travel back in time and experience it myself, but I can really picture the rawness of the village within this tour. One of the main concepts of this tour, is the issue of gentrification. I currently live in the East Village on avenue B and 2nd street, and just by walking down on avenue C, you can already see a cultural difference between avenue B and C. The tour talks about how avenue C is becoming gentrified (and the East Village in general) – it was home to mostly Hasidic Jews and a minority of Puerto Ricans. Now, the in flex of white people is causing gentrification by making the rent higher, building new bars and restaurants, and thus causing the culture of avenue C to change. The tour did not talk about the community parks, which I think is an important aspect of the Village. This is because the community parks bring the community closer by creating a neighborly culture, and a way to make people work together to create something beautiful in the area. The tour also showed us where some of the poets used to live. Allan Ginsberg, who lived on avenue A and 13th street, was perceived as someone who liked to live in the East village because of the community surrounding him. He always wanted to be surrounded by people, did not care for privacy, and his house was open to anyone. This idea of constantly being surrounded by people is inspiring because that is when you can learn more about the culture around you and about some of the issues in the area, which a lot of poets talked about. The poets were able to really create art revolved around issues that were going on in the East Village at that time, but with different perspectives. Some of these issues included gentrification, drug abuse, or the brutality of living in New York City. The sound effects of the audio tour were good too – for example when walking through Tomkins Square Park, I can see the skateboarders doing tricks in the park while actually listening to the skateboarders in the audio as well. This is what made it a lot more virtual, and what made me think that even though it is not the 60’s, some things have not changed entirely. In general, I really appreciated this walk, as it also made sure to tell us about the history of the Village, and for someone who is living in the village herself, I loved the fact that I was able to learn more about my neighborhood, and how the artists are the ones who made the village what it is today.