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No matter what the game is, the objective is to have a good time while playing, right? Late last month, I was invited to film an Airsoft game at “The Swamp”; a scenario-based airsoft and paintball field in Oregon. The Airsoft game itself is similar to paintball, but instead requires 6mm BBs, usually made of a biodegradable material. The BBs do not leave a visible mark like paintballs do, so many players will cosplay their own style or favorite character without the risk of being doused with paint. Each round of the game may have a different objective such as capture-the-flag, defend a location, or dodgeball. At this particular event there were over 100 people on the field at any given time, split into two teams.
Throughout the day I used five different cameras, including a cell phone, Canon DSLR, two GoPros, and a drone. As I am only one person, I set myself in charge of three cameras, then stuck a GoPro on a friend who was playing that day and left the drone in the hands of my boyfriend with instructions to “have fun, don’t hit anything”. By the end of the day, I had hours and hours of footage, including when a GoPro was left on and sat in my car, alone during the lunch break. Some of the best footage was from my friend, as he is usually right in the middle of any action and paired well with the overhead shots from the drone. Looking back, I should have had him use the newer GoPro with image stabilization, but my smoother shots at a slower pace break up the high energy throughout the video.
Overall, it was a fun experience being on the field and filming throughout the day. I’m already working on another video for The Swamp of a recent paintball event, but that’s a story for another day, when that video is completed.
When I started this assignment, I originally had an entirely different plan for what it was going to be on. But when I heard that I had the chance to go up to Portland for a few days, I decided that I liked the idea of filming the trip instead. The purpose for going there in the first place was me, my mom, and my sister were going to my sisters dance competition. From the beginning of the trip, I knew that because of being in Portland and not somewhere I could access everyday, I needed to make sure that I gathered a lot of film in case I needed it. For that reason, I made sure to record outside of the car whenever I thought that a shot looked good. Once at the place where the dance competition was being held, I wasn’t sure how much I could record there. This changed, however, when we learned that there was a fort nearby that we went to the next day and I was able to get some videos from. On the way back from the trip, I recorded more videos outside of the car. For editing the footage, I ran into a few problems that I had to solve. One of them was finding a song that fit with my footage, which I ended up finding one which I think fits in the end. Another problem was I wanted to use different types of transitions between different clips. I wasn’t able to figure out how they worked in After Effects, so I had them fade in and out. Overall, I had a lot of fun on the trip and it’s nice to capture it in a video.
The whole process of recording this short video was a blast. I feltt guilty for my camera man, as I had held him hostage and gave him a lot of directions when it came to filming me. of course, the one major difficulty I had while filming was to capture all of the important scenes that required me to have a beard on screen, because once I shaved. It was over. I had the interest to make this film as I had been growing a beard and had people talk about how older it made me appear. I thought about shaving my beard a while a go, but thoght it would be intersting if I had made something with and without facial hair. As interesting was the concept; the following showed to be a challenge. How was I supposed to transition between me without facial hair and with facial hair. Being able to mark ourselves with tape and doing the same gestures helped me be able to slighty redeem the illusion of continuity. I unfortunately hadn’t produced a illusion that i wanted, but the idea to make it appear continuous would have me to black out the screen for a couple of seconds and to edit in the past/ future me. The wether and time was also a tricky obstacle to maneuveras it had to be done fast, or within the same time, weather, or lighting when it came to recording outside. Especially if I had no beard, because it takes TIME to grow, at least for me. I had so much more content recorded for this video. However that would have to remain as a deleted scene lost in media. However as truth be told, this was a fun, funtastic, and marvelous experience I had when making this film. I love creating stories and being able to express myself through media. Being able to do this was such a pleasure and I’m so grateful to had the opportunity to attend this class. Hope you enjoy, and if you’d like some deleted scenes, I wouldn’t mind sharing. With a price of course…Jk
My original idea was to make a short film. At that point, I had already prepared a script, found actors, and locations, and timed everything, but at the last minute, I got sick with covid. I had to shoot at home, and it was quite difficult because it was not easy to find unusual and interesting subjects. To change the atmosphere at home, I used different colored lights. I also shot a lot of the scenes with the lights off in the dark so other objects would not be caught in the shot. During the course of the project I was watching a movie called “Taxi Driver” and I was very inspired by it. I loved the angles, the color work, the atmosphere of the film, and the music. In the first half of the video, I tried to recreate that atmosphere by adding noise, warm colors, and calm jazz music. In the second half of the video I experimented with color, and I got the idea to shoot the same video with rotation several times, using different colors to make one video out of them later. While cutting the video, I was looking for black frames to make smooth transitions between videos. It didn’t turn out as smoothly as I would have liked, but the result was still satisfactory to me. There is no message or concept in this video. I tried to create an eye-catching image and experiment with the equipment. I also wanted to try and create footage without any post-editing that looked like a montage. I originally had no expectations for the project, so I’m kind of happy with the result. Thanks for your attention!
I had a lot of fun while recording for this project! My sister agreed to help me by being my talent for my story. While I was filming, my parents were actually watching TV in the living room. I didn’t want to bother them, so I did not care about the sound that was happening while I was working; I ultimately was going to mute everything. To combat this, I decided to recreate all the sound effects. I had some experience from my previous audio production class, so I enjoyed doing that. I used my phone to record my audio and took a look at my film to get the timing just right.
Filming the ending with my cat was kind of funny. As soon as I staged the food scattered on the ground, he immediately started eating. He is a very food motivated cat. After I did that, I tried to capture some audio of him purring. He is always very happy when he’s around people. He started to rub his head on my tripod while I was filming.
If I were to re-do this project, I would’ve liked to experiment with lighting equipment. I felt that some of the darker scenes didn’t look as smooth as I’d like. I was filming in the evening, so I was not able to get enough natural lighting.
The experience of making this movie has been extremely fun. Choosing a subject that I enjoy (my cat) was definitely the best thing that I could have done for this project. I was able to just “do” my homework by filming my cat at various points throughout the day and it would literally just be beneficial to the making of this project.
The plan definitely wasn’t perfect. The original intention was to have the movie read like an episode of The Office. I wanted it to be more of a comedy that included lots of talent and cut scenes that involved interviews and things such as that. Unfortunately, most of my talent got Covid-19 in the time that I was going to film their parts of the movie. This obviously made it difficult to complete. This made me make the difficult decision to turn the footage that I had into more of a vlog of Figaro’s life, as if he were a YouTuber.
The one last minute decision that I made was having my best friend Victoria actually be the voice of Figaro. She recovered speedily and was able to come over today (6/4) right before I finished editing everything can gave me that final piece of audio that I needed for me to be completely happy with the way that this movie turned out.
I had a plan to create a slight horror film to represent the feeling of a nightmare, but my film quality wasn’t the best so I changed my idea. I decided to draw little moments in life instead. I’ve never done any animation before so I felt extremely out of my comfort zone, it was intimidating and I kind of felt like a child. I deciding to draw everything with a brush that resembled a crayon to make it child like and cartoony. This project was definitely time consuming. So I pieced it together and also showed the drawing process because I thought that was creative.