Theses blog posts are: FOR ASSESSMENT
From looking at my artefact it is clear what it is about and what it is showing, this is that memory is not always reliable and under pressure your memory can fail, this is shown through the contestants faltering and desperation to recall the items. I think these edited clips are most significant as they not only show the frustration of memory blanks but the part of the brain (the ID) which so desperately ‘wants’ to succeed and win.
The titles at the beginning provide preparation and explanation for what is about to be seen and especially shows that a little more thought went into the process rather than just a fun game it was more of an experiment as I split the contestants into two groups giving one group 20 seconds less to look at the items, knowing that this may have an effect on their memory when recalling.
Visually I think the artefact looks really good with the contrast of the pictured objects around the frame of the contestant, this also allows the audience to still have the objects at the forefront of their mind whilst watching someone else try to remember them. It engages the audience, as they will the person to remember the objects, and hopefully make them think about whether or not they would be able to succeed when put in that position. I did decide not to colour grade the piece as the lighting for the contestants was complimented on many times, however, looking back I would have liked to have colour graded everything slightly to make it a little warmer and more inviting as I feel it may look a little cold and harsh for such a light hearted game. The graphics of the green correct tick works well as the audience can keep track of what has been said.
In terms of audio I am disappointed as when editing you could hear the camera sound which could not be heard when filming and this was partly my fault as I went against my better judgement with recording sound externally, though, it could not be known that this would happen. The crackling sound takes away from the contestants voice and brings the quality of this piece down slightly, although, the track laid underneath brings back the fun and pressure of the situation. A ticking clock sound could have been used but this would have made the piece too intense and slightly dull. The choice of leaving the swearing in was a good one as it emphasises the frustration and portrays it perfectly through a somewhat audio description.
This piece works a contemporary media product as there are many who claim to have a good memory but put under pressure they are most likely to crumble. Overall this artefact does what it is supposed which is to engage the audience and get across that memory under pressure can let you down no matter how good you think it is, it also looks good as an added bonus.
Though this module has been challenging I have somewhat enjoyed it as I have been tested mentally and technically and bettered myself through this process as a result. The lectures together with lectures that entwine from a different module have been very helpful in terms of coming up with a basis for my ideas, as I would hear or read something that would trigger an idea and develop into my artefact.
I think what has the best thing about the module has been the fact that instead of just creating media without meaning, we have had to think about the meaning of each piece and the possible message it gives out to the audience. Having a brief helped and hindered me as I work best when it is clear what is required, however, the spectacle brief threw me for six when we had to draw on theories from either Baudrillard or Debord as inspiration for our artefacts. I found this hard as my original idea fit in with all the other obstructions apart from that one, and again this happened with my second idea. I eventually came up with an idea that fit all the obstructions a few days before the feedback session and managed to get it filmed and edited on time, which was a massive achievement for me and showed me how much I can work to restrictions no matter how hard I may fine them.
My three artefacts I feel have been well thought out and thought about as I have a strong connection to the messages that they give out to the audience, they are visually appealing and executed to my best ability and I am proud to say that they are my own finished products as a result of this module.
Now that this module has come to an end I can full say that I have grown as an individual and as part of a team. I have been able to produce work that is solely my own, from idea generation to editing and I have learnt new technical skills as well as mental and academic skills. In some cases I have been able to pass on my wisdom and new found knowledge on to others in order to help them progress, whilst I have also lent a hand to those who have needed it for whatever reason, just as I have called upon others to be in my pieces and to aid parts of the process. I have and always will be a team player, but this year I have been given an opportunity to develop my individual work through this module. All the skills I have learnt and processes I have been through will help me and help build my profile for the career that I wish to pursue in television or failing that a career as a production manager of some sort of creative business, where in ultimately I will have control but will have to work as a team as well.
As there are no obstructions for this artefact, I have created my own; I have to have three theories behind my piece one for each theme (spectacle, power and memory).
4 ‘The spectacle is not a collection of images; rather, it is a social relationship between people that is mediated by images.’ Guy Debord.
As my spectacle will be an object that is easy for the contestants to relate to either through childhood memories or experience, for example a cuddly toy will be memorable as it may trigger a memory of their favourite childhood toy.
‘The id is a primitive part of the personality that pursues only pleasure and instant gratification.’ Freud’s concept of personality.
The power in my piece will be the power of the mind, that being the power of ‘want’, which will be the prize/reward upon winning, but also the power of being triumphant.
The game and idea itself comes under Frederick Jameson’s theory of ‘Pastiche’ “a world in which stylistic innovation is no longer possible, all that is left is to imitate dead styles, to speak through the masks and with the voices of the styles in the imaginary museum.”
The imitation of the ‘Generation Game’ and how people remember and also what they remember.
I have researched into the Generation Game as this is what my idea is based on.
‘The Generation Game was a British game show produced by the BBC in which four teams of two (people from the same family, but different generations, hence the title of the show) competed to win prizes.
There were always eight competitors, hence the catchphrase “Let’s meet the eight who are going to generate” used in earlier series by Bruce Forsyth. The couple that scored the highest went through to the final ‘conveyor belt’.
At the end of the show, one member (or in later series both members) of the victorious team watched prizes pass on a conveyor belt, and then won as many as could be recalled in a set time. A trademark of the show was that a cuddly toy was always among the prizes. The audience would shout out the names of the prizes, allowing the contestants to carry away large numbers of items.’
I will have 8 competitors, however, they will not be related and the only prize available will be the end prize should they be able to name all of the items, and if there is more than one person who manages this then it will be whoever remembered all items in the quickest time.
From watching this video I have an idea of the number of items to have, how many seconds they get to look at them and how many they get to recall the items. There will be no audience to shout things out in order to help, so this will add to the pressure of the contestants and really test their memory.
*’Debord, G. (1967) The Society of the Spectacle, Rebel Press, 2006.
*’Cultural Turn: Selected Writings on the Postmodern 1983-1998′ By Professor Frederick Jameson
Final Spectacle Artefact
Overall I think this artefact has challenged me mentally more than physically as I had to think a lot about being within the brief, and one of the obstructions in particular was challenging as we had to draw from the theories of either Guy Debord or Baudrillard and when reading them I felt like they were going over my head and I wasn’t quite grasping their meanings. Once I had an idea I read through the theories again and fit my idea and three of the theories together which was a revelation as those theories suddenly had more meaning than ever in regards to my idea.
I managed to produce something that I think is engaging despite having the set back of not being able to add in my eyes what was going to be the best part of my piece which was the parody. I have learnt so much through the process of this piece as if I had not filmed my original idea when I did and just relied upon making the parody I would not of had any material to gain feedback for, and I find feedback is essential for me to go away and develop not only my work but myself as well.
I am pleased with my artefact and although I was nervous about showing it because I thought people may have thought it was boring, or too slowly paced, I received positive feedback saying it was interesting, engaging, and the pacing was just right and the only thing to think about was re-framing some of the shots. I was more than happy to hear this feedback and I should have more confidence in my work than I do.
There were some minor problems alongside not being able to film the parody, which was compressing my footage as when compressed it was still too big to fit on Vimeo, I managed to overcome this by exporting the footage from iMovie. Eventually when I looked at the uploaded video it had lost some quality and looked a little grey and grainy, which I then fixed when exporting my new re-edited footage. I also learnt how to create a codec in compressor for Vimeo as once again when exported my re-edit file was too big and compressor wasn’t able to make it small enough and so I had to find out how to do this manually. There was also some unnecessary time wasted transferring footage to and from my hard drive, but in hindsight this couldn’t be helped.
With this artefact I have again kept to the brief and acted upon feedback I had been given in order to develop my work, which shows my attitude towards bettering myself and my work. I have challenged my mind more than my technical skills with this piece although I have learnt some new technical aspects in post-production, and learnt that it is always a good thing to have a back up plan!
After watching the BBC programme ‘Who Get’s The Best Jobs?’ I realised I feel strongly about equal opportunities and this was particularly related to the field I want to get into which is television, and in my eyes television is up there for the best jobs. I looked further into the issue and the buzz around it. Taking a step back I then realised that people like myself who aren’t middle class yet aren’t living in poverty may be looked upon by others who are worse off as though we are rich. This gave me the idea to base my artefact on more everyday life and the things we take for granted, for example; though we may have to go through the whole process of making tea before we can enjoy it, unlike others who have it made for them. I wanted my artefact to say that on the one hand there are people who work towards what they want and often find rejection, and on the other, there are those who take a back seat and yet seem to get everything handed to them.
In order to film my artefact I’m taking inspiration from the ‘Symmetry’ video with opposites, making a shot list of ordinary day to day actions and re-creating images with deeper meaning, I’m also thinking of opposing shots to go with them.
When it came to filming, a few of these shots changed as I had more vision for them. e.g.
The clock ticking over didn’t emphasise my point enough that someone would be getting up for work whilst another is just getting in from a night out. This is my favourite shot because as on one side the curtains are being open, the other side is being drawn all the while the clock is still in sight and the light signifies the change.
The song I have found talks about money which I thought was good as I didn’t actually show any money in the shots but they were representations and connotations in there of having money and therefore having an easy life. However, this song says ‘Money, money, money, money, money is the root of all problems’ I liked this as it can be a problem not having money but also having money can too cause problems; What do you do with it? Does it make you happy? Does it fill that empty hole?
After showing my artefact Clifton said when watching it he wasn’t quite sure and still isn’t quite sure what it was about, as it felt like it had deeper meaning more to do with the struggles of life more so than money. I was pleased to hear this as this is what fuelled my idea but wasn’t sure if it would come across. People also said that it was a thoughtful peace as even though it didn’t show money it still raised the question ‘Do people with money have an easier life?’
*http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00yb5kv (Who Gets the Best Jobs & Article buzz around it)
*http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNRP8xc5aFA (Who Gets the Best Jobs? Part 1)
*http://soundcloud.com/sinbad269/money (Money Song)