Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Assignment 3 - U C What I C

UPDATES:] (earlier draft can be found below)
Some amendments were made for this assignment taking into consideration of the suggestion made by Jing and peers.

Jing mentioned it will be great to add more human sene inside. Hence i decided to come up with this to replace mountains of bag scene:]
+ =

I made some changes such as changing the toybox to rubbish to allow audiences to establish greater links between the series of photo..

In addition to rubbish bin, photo frames were used to tie the stories together as well.

Overal, dramatic lighting was used to create all these amended shots:] and we finally have this below:]

My final submission:]
The workprocess can be found at the bottom.
First Draft
As i didn;t have the opportunity to hunt for a suitable stairs, i thought i should just make do we the resources that I have. Hence, to inject more human humour/encounter, I decide to attempt this!

This assignment is using photograph to tell a story. As an avid photographer, i felt really comply to do a great job in this. took me 1 whole week to brainstorm. If i don't I will be letting myself, and my equipments(they are to serve great purpose!) down.
Getting great actors to enact a story is not really that easy. Its not just about their acting, but their attire, make up, envt etc etc.

Anyway, i came across this series of photo while doing some research. One simple plot, many ways of depicting it.

credits to Ocediis:]

I guess to make any storyline interesting there must me a punch/twist in it. HJ suggested that i should look at some creative commericals, like thai commericals, to look for some ideas.. Here is one that i really take a fancy for.

Drum rolling - Google Map Japan!!!

Awesome isn't it. When we all thought the Thais are the new generation of funny&creative, Japan still rules the world being number 1 in innovative and creativity.

Many thanks to this commerical, I have decided to settle for some inanimated object with a light hearted plot. and perhaps, using clay to create some "props" and "actors" for the shoot. However, too ambitious and costly the idea can be, I have to scrap off this thought.
One of the more prelimnary idea was to create a suicide or murder plot, which many commented it will be too guresome. So I try to come up with the saving for the rainy day plot;
1) piggy bank with an umbrella in different seasons and weather, hand putting coin into the piggy bank

2) piggy bank in the rain with open umbrella followed by a hammer appearing and smashing the piggy bank into pieces

saving for the rainy day, get it? haaa..

I thought it will be awesome since i can use those photos i have taken during my trips as the backdrop. However, in this high inflation capitalist world, my plan dooms to fail. For its IMPOSSIBLE to find a CHEAP PIGGY BANK to SMASH!! Not even Daiso sells piggy bank! And I will definitely not buy a $20 piggy bank from taka just to smash it..

Fear not, there was a back up plan and the piece I have decided to work on.

A simple story of a bear trying to find some comfort. Hundred over shots were taken for this piece of assignment, partly due to experimenting of the angles and distance of shots. There are so many instances that base on the photography "rules", this shld be the best method but I always believe that the fun of exploring always lead to some new surprises. And i was right. Here are some example to prove my point(i deleted quite a bit of them.. like the bottom up:[). Photos were edited using Adobe bridge and photoshop.
How did i manage to keep the teddy standing etc? the magic of double sided tape:]

The lighting turned out to be better than I have expected; personally I am pretty afraid of using artifical lighting, esp so in indoor envt, guess my strobing skills have improved:]

It was kind of demoralising when Jing mentioned that many students actually used teddy bear. i understand it lomography photo is in trend hence its appealing but my mea concer is whether it fit the theme of this project well.. Lots more work has to be done to the last few frames(expected for my attention span and energy only last that long). Furthermore, in my opinion, the box doesn't seem obvious. Perhaps i should use a toy box or dustin bin(down the chute you dirty bear!)..

With reference to some reviews, I'll try to create more human encounters, such as human walking down the stairs, crawling across photos or something, and more linkages to it falling back in the box.. Gotta borrow fab or liz stairs soon:]

Definitely should improve on the colour as well.. Currently its cool tone and all.. We will see...

Btw, here is a professional photographer(wedding, street, fashion shoots and year 1 mass comm student) that I'll follow once in awhile, who happened to be my bestfriend's closefriend(sounds confusing eh)..

love some of his work, hope you will too:]

first few pieces of work using film. Notice anyone familiar? haa.. I assure you he delivers so much more now.

No comments: