The last compilation of videos I made added up to be 7 minutes long- which felt too long to share in class. Therefore an adjustment I made was making each segment shorter and to the point. I also found that the passages I selected correlated in themes of gender identity as well as music related. I edited each none chronologically. I felt the order worked with the overall theme of my tween rants vs. recent emotional delimas. Also, I have made it a point to contentiously writing about my life today and adding in last week or a few days ago to have a balance as well as keep writing.
A prime example of more time and experience. I knew I needed the song Disorder by Joy Division because I find so much joy in it. My main idea was to take pictures of my journals, make them an PNG and paste them along the video like a collage. The video is of my table which is what I mostly work by everyday, therefore that idea is almost like a self portrait- which changing album covers of the month ect.
Where it’s At U.N.K.L.E remix : Beck
Visual: Snotty sixteen year old in a fur coat wearing sunglasses smoking a cig in a D.A.R.E
I wanted to capture how extravagant thinking and “rebelling” and even hating feels at that age. Angry is an energy and sometimes that over-the-top energy feels right.
The middle video is an old music video I did for Video 1. Although the imagery is what i re-purposed. Cake is a symbol of celebration- I feel as though my passage about smoking and hating on boys was a form of self indulgence of learning (experience). I even showed a suprorty complex by stating id be a better boy than most boys I knew. Its actually quite humorous to me.
This was the last video I made therefore I feel it is most successful
3rd video: Clouds
Debaser: The Pixies
visuals: color manipulated clouds with animated text
I choose this passage mainly because the imagery has stuck with me. Being sixteen is a very adventurous stage and i remember thinking a lot about life.
That day I had some sort of dream or vision while laying on my bed that the ceiling was gone and the their was only a blue sky with clouds. In the clouds was a filing cabinet of everyone’s lives as well as thoughts. It may seem strange to those seeing the video- but that visual to be was very profound almost drug like or heavenly.
This video is an example of how an hour seemed to speed by leaving the result not to my standard.
mood board of collected pictures:
4th video KISS:
visuals: performance art piece in a sorts of me putting on KISS makeup, clips from the movies Detroit Rock City, Dazed and Confused as well as the show Freaks and Geeks
Many people have heard me speak about being a rock and roll boy in the 1970s, and wearing KISS makeup. For years I’ve said it- therefore I decided to make a “home video” of me putting on the gear- if i had more time I would make it look better make-up wise as well as performance quality wise.
The passage this time is when I am 17, analyzing how I view gender (through experience), along with gender in music.
A struggle right off the bat was finding short passages which did not need further explanation. Although, I do like the idea of mystery to a sentence/theme I wasn’t searching for that outcome in this video. I also once again found that an hour really is in perceptive. Some segments seemed to be flowing nicely through the restriction, while other works were rushed. I honestly do not know why it seemed to pan out that way. Once again, the struggle of sifting through old memories (more so emotions) is challenging. Sometimes while searching for inspiration in a passage, I end up continuously reading and analyzing as well as comparing life now. The fact that i know people may few these thoughts also play into how I select
5th video Boys and The Cure:
Just like Heaven (instrumental)- The Cure
Imagery: Bedroom sheet as well as birds flying in the sky
I find my bedroom and being in bed to be the safest area for me due having great memories of mornings with my parents in bed. A bed to me symbolizes closeness, security as well as being personal. I found that telling the story about a boy I spent the night with seemed fitting. I was very emotionally vulnerable- much like videotaping my personal bed/ place of rest/ safe spot. Their is a tea bag pocket taped on my headboad that says “passion”. I find passion to be a very driven motivating as well as sensual word.
The birds show how free I felt as well as flying to a destination which the birds do not reach (relationship I did reach) because I clipped in a burning bed for the “burned” outcome.