“A Different Path” – By Karl Reindel

What I was trying to accomplish.

I wanted to work on a project that was interesting to make, as well as interesting to watch. I have a curiosity about learning time laps photography. I enjoy putting together projects that are produced from still photography, though I am learning to appreciate video in this project. I expect when I take VP 1 and 2, I will learn more (and become more proficient) regarding video production, from the camera operators’ perspective. My goal was to explore the possibilities and finish with a good result that people will enjoy.

 

My experience with this assignment.

This was an interesting assignment in that I had a couple ideas and had to decide what to go with for the proposal and the end product. I picked the things I have a passion for, which included video games (“Let’s Play” videos), certain types of genre like “Saturday Night Live” (maybe a short like “Mr. Bill”), and finally art and wine. I wound up choosing art and wine, which had a number of developmental growth stages.

I am interested in time laps photography. Kun inspired me to pursue that interest with this project in some way. I started out thinking about a skit like the “Red Green Show” segments of “home movies,” similar to the “Mr. Bill” shorts idea in a lot of ways. As things progressed, I found I was more interested in doing a single story about a “rogue artist” in a Sip and Create class.

Now, I needed to figure out the story and working with time laps. I actually had a couple plans for the vignette. As it was, alternate plans are a good thing, since on the day of my first shoot, my original talent was ill and could not make it to the event. Plan A was out, due to illness. I had Plan C, to reschedule the shoot and change the script a bit for the re-shoot if need be. But I thought, why waste the day, let’s see what develops here. And I can always go to Plan C. I am happy to say that Plan B worked out great.

I got some great shots and footage at the event with new volunteer talent. My new story went well with what was going on and I got enough material for this project. I like the resulting story better than my original scripts for Plan A and C. Rick Simms calls this a “serendipitous opportunity.” I think from what I have heard in the visiting artists’ series, here at school, one needs to learn to take what is given and run with it; think outside the box.

I was not able to fit my video footage into the final project. I have included it as a bonus reel, that may be interesting to watch. The video is a time laps of the process. Maybe I will use it for another project.


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