Before it officially start, I have to say that the final work is very very different from what I’ve been expected. It is very distracting to film a friend, and also it is hard to do the editing since we used Chinese all the time. The original plan for my module three is another project of my friend on a model building design, However, I abandoned that plan after finishing module 2.
Language—is Chinese with English subtitle acceptable?
[drafts, sketches, rehearsal, improvisation, discovery, imperfection, failure!!]
feb 27 :: pre-production writing/planning/brainstorming due(classroom discussion + check-in)
mar 06 :: production shooting well underway and possible done (classroom discussion + check-in)
mar 13 :: post-production shooting well underway and possible done (screen rough drafts in class)
mar 20 :: ALL MODULE 02 PROJECTS DUE :: presentation/distribution: view/discuss final drafts(show-n-tell)
apr 03 :: presentation (continues) + beginning of module 03!
YOU WANT A INTERESTING STORY
Intersect of formal and personal
General plan is enough
See where it will end
As much as footage I can
Tools: two cameras- one tripod- one zoom corder, lights
o The first thing bumped into my mind is Illinois Institute of Technology and its famous S.R Crown Hall. (Ok, I never heard about it before I went to visit my friend study architecture there.) His explanation about that building brings out my curiosity of architecture and architect.
o This friend is one of my primary school friend, and we didn’t see each other for 6 years. He is now studying in IIT, major in architecture. I’m interested about how those great architectures built, but more interested in how my friend, as a first year architecture grad student working on his project.
o I want to see how an future architect begins his career in school and start his early designing in one of the most greatest buildings in modern architecture history. J
o My Friend Yizhou, He.
o Probably other people in his design group
o Myself during the interview session
o Someone mysterious that I’m not sure if he is going to be in the video or not (It depends on the conversation’s quality during shooting process.)
o Definitely be in their classroom:S.R Crown Hall
o Other architectures designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
ú 860-880 Lake Shore Drive Apartments
ú Promontory Apartments
ú 330 North Wabash (IBM plaza)
ú Kluczynski Federal Building
ú Everett McKinley Dirksen United States
- Communication and understanding different projects
ú Ideas: inspiration, development
ú Detailed schedules/ stages and planned process
o Working environment
o Process of Graph design in computer
o Any paper designs/ drafts drawing
o Any handcraft process (making the cube?)
o Research process: reading, material purchase
o Graph design process copies
o Real models
o My message to the audience
o My point of view
o My goal:
- Very simple, I want every audience know a little more about the real work of architecture major student. How they works, coming up with an idea.
- The interview should permeate some idea about how to related to these creative projects to our own works: writing, shooting video, art…any possible creative work we may need to work on.
- The questions is: is there any architecture creation method/ mold/ process/ system that could be used in any creative work domain?
o A combination method
- Interview: me and my friend would appear in the video at the same time
- Would have only the landscape in city building shots
- Would have only my friend when he works on his project
- I’m considering using my friend’s working background music as the audio theme. But didn’t ask him yet.
o Background Information: no need, because I know nothing about that too.
o To fit the whole project in the video, the interview will include specific background knowledge and procedure about his project. And questions would including:
- Assignment requirement
- Inspiration of the original idea
- Plan as much details as possible
- Method or the whole picture of the project as a conclusion
- The TONETONETONETONE!!!!
- Jump cut of every single thing
- People’s voice but image is STH
- Far shot + close shot (jump cut)
- Take video as camera: long shot (photos like shot slows down the pace of whole video)
- Character + environment (small or big)
- Ask character to do something (stand up, leaving….)
- Close up to character emphasis a lot on individual story
- On the way: 前车窗＋侧车窗
- The background should depend on what do you want to emphasis (crowded? STH? environment? what kind of feeling you want the audience to have?)
- Character’s focus: camera: telling the audience/introduction/ other direction: distance, focus on what he looks at
- How to fade in and fade out (beginning and ending)
- everything in YOUR shots has to be connected to the character and his project or your “argument”
- maybe ask H to hold the camera while introduce his project/I will hold an other one or tripod another one (He may have different view point from mine when examining his own work)
o CAN YOU ASK YOURSELF : what is the metaphor I’m experiencing?
ú Classroom and H’s working environment
ú An interview before shooting specific things
ú Specific things should explain and enlarge our understanding for the interview information
ú Close up to every detail during the design (stable images are needed) (jump cut / )
ú Some buildings of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in Chicago (montage set the big background of architecture theme) The angles’ of shooting + voice over
ú If approachable, other people’s design for the same course
ú Lunch time would be four people: may have a complicated conversation about architecture: H, his girl friend, me and Mr.R
o Personal and formal interaction
o Different Language and expression
o Language and images/designs/graphs