God, deciding what our project should be about has taken way longer than I thought.
Quite a set back I fear, we should have made this clear last week already.
But nothing good will come from crying over spilt milk!
Me and Kat sat down yesterday and went over what we had planned so far, and it all seemed a bit loose: The city is… light. Thats easy enough; filming different lights in the city. However, it seems a bit to brief. What does candles in a bar have to do with this particular city?
We thought of different ways to stay true to both the word “city” and the word “light”, and did this while keeping the advices from Adrian in mind.
One particular thing springs to mind: humans are pattern making animals. No matter what, we’ll try to make a pattern, and if it becomes to hard we get frustrated and leave. So how would people understand our work? I imagine it would be hard to make a connection if we just filmed random things that contains light.
Pattern in made by oppositions. We create oppositions to make sense of the world. How does this translate to light?
Oppositions: darkness/light. You must have darkness to have light.
What we decided on was filming different locations around the city, preferably things that are special to Melbourne, both in daylight and at night (of course this isn’t the only thing we’ll film, we’d run out if things to film very quickly. For example the video Michael made with the garbage truck is great, it shows a side of the city most people don’t think about).
In terms of the interface, it allows us to play around a bit; lets say we have four boxes, the same size and places so they form a single rectangle. One of them is the playing video. The others are thumbnails that will start playing (without sound) when the cursor moves over it, BUT they will be in black and white, so it’s impossible to determine whether it is a night video or a day video.
We also thought about the soundtrack. One idea were to interview people about Melbourne; what springs to mind when you think of Melbourne? Whats the best about Melbourne? etc.
If this becomes to messy and to irrelevant for the project, we could also record ourselves talking about Melbourne, and even about theoretical facts about light.
Another option is to find music that works well while the viewer transition between day and night.
This is the idea so far, we’ll have to talk to the boys and figure out what they think about it..