Meet with Adrian:
Thankfully no bombshells this meeting. All very pragmatic. Mainly focused on the presentation of the exegesis and my project (k-films). I have been reading past honours student Adrian Lawson’s exegesis titled “Destination Trash Alley; a textual mapping of place and self” to get an understanding of how to structure my exegesis in a more fragmented, nonlinear way – reflective of how K-films are structured and the hybridity of placemaking.
Lawson’s approach has inspired me to design my exegesis in a fluid manner, the exegetical reflection mirrored by the formal theory with a ontographic stream for a textual addition. At first I thought I would add some of my own autoethnographic exercises focused upon the ten different houses I have occupied throughout my life. But Adrian believes this is off-topic. Instead, I need to focus upon the Bend and all that this unique place entails. To break up the ontographic exercises focused on the Bend I will experiment by including transcripts of the interviews and perhaps historical information to contextualise my exegetical ramblings.
I have set myself a target to complete a K-film triptych as outlined below (sorry for the faintness of the writing, the Evernote feature that is designed to contrast printed text for text recognition uses my iphone flash – not the most effective with pink texture). Each K-Film will roughly go for 30 minutes in length and illustrate the progression I have made from a purely observational (albeit poetic) approach to the production of a K-film to a more traditionally content-driven K-film that resembles a documentary piece about the Bend of Islands.
Over the next 10 days I will be house-sitting my brothers place out at the Bend so will have optimum access to the environment and the community. Now that ethics has been approved (Hallelujah!), I can start making contact with key community members to capture a diverse portrait of the Bend of Islands.
Here’s the plan:
Jog in the morning/exercise
Write/Edit (3-4 pomos)
Late morning walk and video/sound record landscape
Import to Korsakow and SNU’ify
See what emerges
Reflect upon what has been shot and how it is linked
This will be my rhythm, occasionally altered due to interviewing members of the community and expeditions to re-stock supplies. I cannot let this opportunity pass me by. This is the only time I will be able to intensively capture the base footage for my project.
I’m not overly confident with sound-editing software. In the past I have used Final Cut or Premiere to do my sound recording. I feel I’ll need to jump into Adobe’s Audition or Soundtrack Pro to compose a soundscape and interview collage. Wish I had the powers of Radio Lab at my disposal!
I would like to shoot on my 7D for more of an attractive aesthetic but have not looked into cropping it for a 480×480 aspect ratio – which I have grown to like. Square boxes look great in the K-Film interface. I wonder whether there is a codec in Premiere or Adobe Media Encoder that allows me to easily convert my footage to this res and sizing. Hmm…
I think I will aim to exclude my own voice from the interviewing process (as I have been taught in the past – this allows an easier and more efficient process in post-production as there are no overlapping voices) and just have the interviewees deliberate on their associations with the Bend.
From day one of the interview idea I imagined myself capturing a visual portrait of each interviewee in macro and Extreme Close Up detail in order to compare and contrast with the visuals of the landscape. I hope my subjects do not get overly awkward about this stage of the process as the lens will need to be quite close to their face/body. I will definitely inform them that they can opt out of this process, but emphasise the importance of the footage in the end product. Hmm.. tricky one.
I feel like I should work out some type of payment or way to express my gratitude to these community members who are willing to help me out with this research project. Being a poor student at the moment, I think I’ll need to brainstorm realistic options to meet my budgetary contraints.