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Wandering Reel

I attended one out of four programs put on in Corvallis by The Wandering Reel, a traveling film festival with a focus on smaller towns that don’t get as much exposure to international and art film. Hosted at the Darkside Theater, the program I went to was titled “Our Basic Assumptions” and had seven short films that were hand selected by a panel to challenge viewers’ stereotypes around poverty, race, integrity, sexuality, gender, age, etc.  The Wandering Reel only shows short films and tours up and down the west coast, bringing award-winning and insightful shorts to rural communities and smaller towns.

After the showing I attended a Q&A discussion group led by Michael Harrington, the

festival director and founder.  Before forming the Wandering Reel, he worked for the Big Sur International Short Festival and has played the roles of director, actor, cinematographer, and teacher of cinema.  Harrington spent a good amount of time discussing the process him and his creative team (a jury made up of award winning filmmakers, directors, and television writers) go through to select which shorts to show, and the methodology of utilizing “compassionate, thought-provoking cinema” to close cultural or ideological gaps in communities.  He considers theater houses to be a meeting place for the community, yet almost always people will gather, view, and leave without any further discussion or interaction between each other.  Harrington also lamented the unfair distribution of short films, with trendy and high budget films booking all the major festivals and lower budget/less well made films with more original and profound ideas being showcased very little.

 

After giving some background on him and his career, explaining what the Wandering Reel is about and was made for, Harrington led a discussion based off the seven shown short films.  He expressed it as imperative to the experience to have not only a viewing as a community but also a conversation as a community. In the beginning, questions were asked by the audience as to how and why the films were made – clarifying questions about theme or time sequence, who the filmmaker was and their origins, one lady in the back couldn’t read the subtitles and had a question about a dialogue heavy scene.  Then, the conversation evolved into the audience making commentary on their favorite film or elements they liked more than others. The Wandering Reel has audience members vote after watching an entire program, and always gives a viewer’s choice award to the winning filmmaker. Harrington made that seem like an extremely sought after type of award in this industry especially for directors trying to put their name out there.  From then on we delved into a discussion of the theme of the program, “Our Basic Assumptions,” and Harrington prompted the retirees of Corvallis to share what most surprised them in the films.

I have never been to any kind of film festival and before now hadn’t seen short films in that format.  I think it’s really cool and important that Harrington wants to support meaningful filmmaking and that he is able to create a space where people can come together to view as an audience but also a forum where those same people can talk about the experience.  Harrington also has plans in the work for public outreach and wants to have a completely free screening program that is compatible for hospitals, prisons, schools, retirement homes, and poor communities.

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all images from https://www.wanderingreel.org

 

The Ant and the Dove

I chose to pick a story from Aesop’s fables for this assignment, about returning kindness and repaying favors after a friend has helped you out in a tight spot.  This took me a lot of takes and was pretty frustrating to record and edit but that’s part of the learning process.  I’ve never edited audio before and this was also my first time using audacity, but it’s fun to have new tools in your belt.  Audacity was a little bit toward the clunkier side but that could have just been me not knowing how to optimize my editing efficiency yet.

The hardest part to me was adding in background music.  Cutting and editing my voice telling the story and various sound effects added in wasn’t super difficult, but editing music and trying to get the tension and buildup in the song I chose to match key points in the story proved to be kind of difficult.  Matching up tempo and notes so that it could sound as smooth as I could make it took a decent amount of time and the song that I sampled was a lot longer than my story so there was a lot of trimming.

 

Resources

Image : moralstories.org

Sounds :

Wingflap 1&2 : _stubb @ freesound.org

Watersplash 2 : lwdickens @ freesound.org

Cartoon Doves : WagnerTamborine @ freesound.org

Stream River Water Up Close : jackmurrayofficial @ freesound.org

Song : Mousetrap by Purple Planet Music

Blog Search

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Philip Bloom is a seasoned filmmaker who advocates for the use of Canon DSLRs andscreen-shot-2018-10-15-at-10-46-30-am.png offers his readers weekly reviews of the latest shooting tech.  He has a robust vlog section full of video reviews for cameras as well, and will cover topics like drone recording, editing software, and reflections on short films in between gear reviews.  Bloom is sure to release an “ethics statement” at the beginning of any review or blog on a camera that he was paid by the company write/record, in order to maintain transparency with his readers.  The site is a little busy-looking but it’s packed full of information and wasn’t difficult to navigate.  Bloom has an educational section where he offers tutorials and advice on sound, lighting, and post production editing for free, along with a masterclass you can pay for.  Bloom is sure to release an “ethics statement” at the beginning of any review or blog on a camera that he was paid by the company write/record, in order to maintain transparency with his readers.  The site is a little busy-looking but it’s packed full of information and wasn’t difficult to navigate.  Bloom has an educational section where he offers tutorials and advice on sound, lighting, and post production editing for free, along with a masterclass you can pay for.  He also interacts with his readers by responding and answering questions in the comments section.

Media Arts Resources

1 . Equipment Checkout

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Sign above media arts equipment checkout counter, which was closed.

2 . “Blue Cyc Wall”

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This one was disappointing I really wanted to check it out but it was locked ? I’ll have to go back sometime.

3 . Center for Student Engagement

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Comfy seat and connect-four board in student engagement center.

4 . Art Gallery

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I’ve already spent a lot of time doing sketches in here for another class so this is a familiar space.

5 . Art-O-Mat

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I think this is a really cool concept and I’ve never seen anything like it before.

6 . Library

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Cart full of books behind Resource Desk in library. 

7 . Health & Wellness Sculpture

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Taken from inside the silver sculpture outside health and wellness building.

8 . Ingram’s Office

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Ingram was out.

9 . Media Creation Lab

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Bench outside of media creation lab.

10 . Judy Gates’ Office

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Judy was out as well!

11 . Teresa’s Office

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Hallway leading toward’s Teresa’s office.

12 . Student’s First Building

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Front of Student’s First building.

13 . Free Shot

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Turkeys really freak me out so this was kind of like exposure therapy for me.

RP: About Me

I grew up here in Eugene and I’m a first time student at Lane studying multimedia design.  I’ve mostly been into photography as far as art goes but I’m trying to explore and definitely want to be working with more video.  My favorite place to shoot is at concerts, and I’d love to make a music video someday.  A lot of my friends are musicians so I’ve been commissioned to make cover art for albums, it’d be cool to be able to expand my skill set and create more with the people I care about!  I’m also on a dance team and like to read and watercolor ?  Looking forward to getting to know and working with you guys.

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by: Rachael Plant