I exploring the feeling of envy through the experience of religion.

Extending from the Haiku and its concept statement, this experimental film suggests the united, but exclusive, community of religion. Inciting feelings of bitter resentment as well as a desire to be united in the subject reveals a religious experience–that is not directly religious in itself. Unity is suggested by the symbolism of water, which sustains life with its properties of unity and cohesiveness. Note the subject’s anger reflected by the increasing value of red.


From Pre-Production to Production to Post-Production

In pre-production, the film class spent time pitching. The overall concept was presented–then it was pieced apart, re-evaluated, or accepted with a few changes. Essential details were discussed such as the desired mood, style of filming, and most importantly, how abstract the idea would become when turned into a film.
Soon after, it was production time. This film was shot on three occasions. There was a large amount of time spent setting up equipment, adjusting lighting, and waiting for the tub to fill with water. Numerous rounds of filming resulted in order to ‘get the shot! ‘ One of the shoot days was an entire re-shoot of the previous time just because I envisioned things differently in the slightest manner. Each week, we presented a round of dailies to the class. The raw footage was then analyzed by the class, who suggested improvements, compliments, and insight on potential shots.
After a few rounds of dailies, it was time to finally assemble the film. Adobe Premier Pro was used to cut the raw footage into a rough. It was once again analyzed and piece apart by the class, who provided helpful input. Back to the editing room, a final cut was produced. This time refined with audio and effects.
Above: A look at the work done in Premier. This is where all the magic happened–inserting raw footage, audio, applying effects.
Above: Here we have the effects control panel. A useful panel in Premier in the finalizing steps of post. Here, keyframes are used to vary the effects on a clip.Above: The panel that previews the visual at the given amount of time. The numerous amount of markers (green) used can be seen here. They help with noting changes or moments of the videos that are significant, aiding the editing process.

Above: A close-up look at the edits made. Note the layered clips, when going back to make changes, the clips were stacked to evaluate potential cuts.


Looking Back

Previously, I had made very few films, let alone experience pitching and presenting dailies. Making a film was more than throwing together a few clips you shot overtime, as I soon realized. I’m grateful for this experience. It has taught me the professionalism of the film world, as well as the amount of thinking and time that goes into producing a film. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with an amazing class, high quality equipment, and an actor that stepped out of her boundaries in order to bring my vision into reality.

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