For this project, I am creating an experimental film which is based on the mentality on how the world became obsessed with technology within our generation. I will be showing what it feels like when it builds up in your mind it feels as if your in a trance where pressure begins to build and one day you need to take control and stop. Through using various textures within my Short film to reflect onto how the mind feels and what you can hear and think too whilst going through this.
for my primary research, I will be going to various places and taking photographs of people that are on technology as well as interviewing the manager of the Umbrella Center in Canterbury to ask her a couple questions about mental health and how social media can affect you mentally too. I will also be going to the London science museum to go to a robot exhibition which focuses on how it has improved over the 500 years of building these mechanisms that are becoming more human-like within each invention that is being brought out.As well as looking into also how people generally think about social media and how they think it affects them. I will also be wanting to experiment with various techniques that I may want to use within my project. Which are the ghost effect and the text message one I used within my last project?
Questions I will be answering within my primary research:
- Ask people from my generation about how they feel about it
- Ask the public their view as well as recording some in a survey.
- Experimenting with visual effects.
- take photos of technology that surrounds me.
- Take photos of people in general using technology
- Go to the Science Museum Robot exhibition and take images of various technology and people in it.
- Interview Hannah from the umbrella center which is a mental health center which is based in Canterbury and she is the manager of this. and interview her to understand mental health and how it can affect you within the social media and technology.
- Analyzing the different mediums of technology that is used and what people use them in different situations.
- Look into more locations and take photographs of them as well as planning the duration of each one from the starting location.
Piccadilly line: Underground
London Science Museum
Bird’s eye view of London Science Museum to see what around it and what use I can make out of it.
How to get there:
Ashford International – St Pancreas International
Ashford International- London Science Museums
St Pancreas International – Science Museum
Images of the locations I am going to film at:
A short film that are similar and can use as an influence:
Films that are based on this I am going to review one of them:
Men Women & Children (Men, Women & Children, 2014) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DS7uc8OF6Rs (Men, Women & Children International TRAILER (2014) – Ansel Elgort, Jason Reitman Movie HD, 2014)
Nerve (Nerve, 2016)- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PR9MOPTI7g (Nerve (2016 Movie) – Official Trailer – ‘Watcher or Player?’, 2016)
Disconnect (Disconnect, 2012) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UI7Bhq2zDb8 (Disconnect-Trailer, 2013)
This is a list of exhibitions that i may go and visit within my pre production period of the process.
Permissions to film: http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/educators/visit-practicalities/essential-information
Science Museum: Robot exhibition:
Taking images of technology:
Interview with Umbrella Center:
The Interview With the manager of the umbrella center Hannah talking about mental health and how it can effect as within technology and social media. This interview was recorded with a Zoom H2 microphone ( Audio Only).
Surveying the Public: Technology Addiction
I conducted a survey about various questions on technology whether that is the future or what’s happening in society today. The purpose of this survey was to look at how much people do know about what is happening to us and to make sure in my short film I will provay the awareness that needs to brought up in conversations and public. Although this survey wasn’t aimed at my target audience this was because I believe it was more important to get an overall view from the younger to elder generation.
I used a website called Survey Monkey in which I have used before hand so this was easy to control and create.
Here are the questions I used within my survey:
- How old are you?
- How do you feel about the use of technology in this era?
- Do you think technology or social media is helping our mental state?
- What effects do you think using technology too much can have?
- Do you think we are in a generation that overly relies on technology?
- What do you think will happen in 10 years’ time with handheld technology?
- Do you believe you can become addicted? If so why?
- What world do you prefer; virtual or reality? Why?
- Is there too much pressure in society to use technology?
- How many hours do you spend online a day?
Analyzing the results
I had 21 participants this was all through the web link I posted in all of my social medias twitter, facebook and Instagram it did have a lot of follow-up through likes that are on my Instagram through 81 likes which were good.
Here are some of the answers and questions that were asked:
- How old are you?
How many hours do you spend online a day?
How do you feel about the use of technology in this era?
Here are a few of the answers:
Do you think technology or social media is helping our mental state?
Here are a few of the answers:
What effects do you think using technology too much can have?
Is there to much pressure in society to use technology?
I will use the answers i have collected and use them for my film so then i can get everyones thoughts acrossed and attention.
As I was looking for free copyright music so I went onto Soundcloud in which i believe is the best place to find music as you can get free downloads and just credit them in the credits or description.
I found some music called Just finished my finals this is how I feel by Bonjr this will be used near the end and the credits too. I chose this because it has quite a bass and Sci-fi feel to the sound which will be perfect for the dramatic ending. – https://soundcloud.com/therealbonjr/just-finished-finals-and-this-is-how-i-feel
Experimenting with Visual effects:
Looking into videos for what techniques I may need to use when in after effects.
With this, I used Adobe cc after effects to replicate my findings and my skills that i have learned from my previous projects through this I created a text and a draft title sequence with learning how to create certain effects for certain scenes that I will need to apply when into the post-production stage.
For this text sequence, I used a youtube video which helped me a lot with my previous project I used the same effect however, this will be used in a different format and use for the scene. The purpose of adding this effect in the scene is to reflect what it is saying on the phone so then the audience can visually see it. With referring to my script too.
The tutorial I used:
My draft text sequence:
Overall I believe it went really well and that there weren’t any struggles because of the tutorial and practice I have had beforehand from my previous projects made it easier to create I have used this as a practice piece. However, the opacity and it will be on a video rather than a blurry background.
I believe this was the most important part as this is going to be the thing that will entice people to wonder what’s going to happen next within the scene. I again used a youtube tutorial to help me. The thing I had to have help with most was creating the glitch in the title so then it can combine with the video I had found which is the effect of a VHS tape glitching on the screen with adding a video as a placement before a film the actual clips that will replace them.
The tutorial I used:
A title without whole sequence:
My outcome: Draft
Overall I believe this went really well it did take longer than anticipated but it did go to plan and the text I wanted it to be and look like.