Beginnings of a Portrait of an Artist

Our next assignment is to craft a video piece that will serve as a portrait of an artist. Our group has a few different ideas on who we want to focus on, so we are purposely keeping our process open-ended.

As we continue to align on what our various priorities and preferences are, we’ve begun creating a shot list of the various angles we want to capture and a loose structure for how we want the rhythm of the piece to flow. Without reinventing the wheel, we hope to create something that can distinguish itself through the details.

As an exercise for our group to maximize our collaborative efforts, we’ve begun creating a loose storyboard-like slideshow that uses stills that we’re capturing from existing movies to act as a clear medium for communication. Gareth Edwards mentioned in this interview that he uses a similar technique when he develops the structure of his films, opting for more of a collage of cuts that conveys mood, tone, style, with additional information on timing that storyboards often fail to communicate.

This resonates with me as a potentially more productive way to make a movie. In our group, it allows all of us to begin sharing ideas without having to struggle with drawing. At this stage, we’re still being expansive in our process, so there may be alternative arrangements of this.

1. The opening shot can start small by focusing on products and prototypes they have developed.
2. This can be the first view of the subject, showing their hands as their primary means of expression.
3. This can be indicative of their space, showing machines whirring or things happening both in and out of frame.
4. Finally, the viewers are exposed to the subject’s face and connect the sound of their voice to an image.                     _
5. This can show how their environment affects the work that they do.
6. We return to the subject intermittently.                                                   _

As we continue to develop the shot list, this storyboard will evolve including new shots and ideas we want to incorporate into the project.

7. We continue to cut to their hands as they speak.
8. Show additional products as illustrative examples of what they are discussing.
9. Continue with different views of the space.
10. Close on interview subject. Roll credits.


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