In Search of the Lacuna was a fantastic opportunity to develop conceptual thinking skills in film which is an area I am interested in and yet not all too familiar with practicing. It was a chance to collaborate with students of varying disciplines and compose a film which had to take shape naturally rather than in a structured way. Although it was a challenge for me to always be open to every possibility in terms of the direction our short film might take, I truly enjoyed working on this Lab B assessment. I believe that our group produced a composition we were all satisfied with, together enjoying the open process we undertook.
It is evident in the blogposts of all members of the group that we showed an interest in the lacuna of thought, time and mind from the very beginning of the subject. I can evaluate that our project outcome was reflective of the research I undertook into midnight and paranormal happenings at this ambiguous time. The composition is titled 00:00 in reference to the moment of midnight that cannot be defined as either night or day.
We had to make many adjustments and adapt our composition in response to the feedback of our tutors and peers at quite a late stage. Despite this being quite difficult to pull together at such a late stage, such refinements were necessary to ensure we best reflected our concept and we are glad we managed to make these adjustments in time. An example of a change that had to be made was the reevaluation of the digging element of our short film. Tutors insisted that we reshoot this scene but we were sure that we had substantial footage to work with that would render the digging element unnecessary altogether. We decided that it confused the notions explored in our short film. Making this cut gave us the freedom to truly document midnight happenings in a nonlinear, abstracted way. Another adjustment we made for the submission of the assessment was the abandonment of witching activity. While it is slightly implied in certain shots of us standing in the darkness, it is not obvious. The absence of obvious witching activity lends greater importance to the documentation of the experience of midnight with consideration of the fears associated with this time.
The last minute adjustments were a test of our ability to communicate well as a team and we were successful and strong, producing an outcome reflective of our ideas. We had to meet at university before and after classes to work on the composition and review what must be done. It was necessary to create a work plan to ensure that we would complete the task in time for submission.
I am a Visual Communications Student in my third year. Film is something I enjoy studying for its setting in terms of location and props, as well as the design of costumes. I am glad to have had the opportunity to be guided through a study of quite abstract, independent film work contrary to what I usually absorb. It is work I may not have encountered in my independent research. Not only were we exposed to these techniques but were given the opportunity to experiment in class with these techniques. Every workshop was completed with guidance and advice from Ella and Mel. It was extremely rewarding to undertake workshops with Ella and Mel, recording sounds and manipulating them, experimenting with projection mapping exercises, and composing alternative films consisting of a limited amount of still images. The two tutors provided us with many options for composing our film. I learnt that the treatment of audio can be completely alternative and disparate to the visual content. The value of sound in amplifying or contradicting visuals is something that can be in play to accentuate a notion.
To conclude, I think we worked very well as a team to produce something we are all proud of. The guidance of our tutors and peers pushed us to make adjustments necessary to refine the reflection of our concept through our experimental film.