Cycle (assignment 1)

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The narrative behind my first assignment is heavily based on the idea of cyclic existence that is the human life and even beyond that. I haven’t decided whether or not to continue with this narrative for my final assignment yet; but if I do this will be just one aspect of the final assignment, I will in the future create more footage to fill in gaps and collate the narrative.

The plot drew inspiration from one of my favourite songs “clockwork” by phrase; “Another child’s born and another man dies” Is the line to which I will be basing the first assignment on. In future I will be using similar lines and transitioning through different cyclic situations. The narrative is simple as a whole, although a little bit complicated when trying to explain individual transitions.

For this assignment I will be utilizing Chroma key compositing (green screen) as one of the main effects to later composite and add different footage in the background. I also have used a time-lapse shot of a main road; this is possible with the new version of magic lantern which enables time-lapse on the canon 550D, although I just filmed for 10 minutes and just sped it up.

Obviously one of the main problems that I came across was keying out the green to seamlessly blend with the backgrounds. I created a homemade green screen in my backyard out of green material and seemed to work alright; defiantly not professional grade but good enough.

The use of green screen allowed me to place whatever footage I wanted in the background; my assignment was heavily based on this concept.

Overall I think it came out alright, nothing that I am amazingly proud of. I’m not sure if I will continue the same theme for the final assignment. I feel some may not understand the underlying meaning of the composite due to slightly poor story telling; perhaps some narration or text could rectify this situation in the future.