This week our project was to make a Perspective film, which entailed shooting with devices like cellphones or GoPros to capture moments and point of views those cameras enable us to see.
Tuesday came around (our films are due on Thursday) and I realized most people were already editing their films while I had yet to come up with an idea for mine. I was talking to my friend, Michael, about how overwhelmed I was, how Tuesdays are the worst, how I never have enough time for anything, and how I needed to come up with something to film quickly.
His answer has been on repeat in my head this entire week. “You can do it. Only five more Tuesdays, Soraya.”
That’s the rest of my freshman year summarized in three words.
We are running out of time, people.
After I picked my jaw up from the floor I began to go over what resources are readily accessible to me so I can crank this thing out.
Luckily, I happen to be roommates with quite possibly the most talented guitarist in the Pop Music program here at USC, Mallory Hauser, and she happens to be best friends with quite possibly the best singer in the program, Madeleine Meyer. We often have quality jam sessions in our dorm (and by we, I mean them while I sit back and Snapchat how spoiled I am) so I figured I could just film one of those from some interesting perspectives.
While I'm extremely proud and happy with the results, I didn’t really learn a huge amount much making this project -- which is what this blog is about: reflection. That's not necessarily a bad thing, it just means I didn't venture out of my comfort zone or leave much room for failure, because that’s usually the best way to learn and grow. I knew this would work quite nicely so wasn’t really gonna go out on a limb to make it more difficult than it needed to be. #SorryNotSorry #5MoreTuesdays
One thing I did learn, however, is that GoPro footage does not play well visually with DSLR footage, but I kept it in for the sake of fulfilling the project requirements. I'd recommend picking one or the other to film something in its entirety as I have yet to see an example of one not devaluing the integrity of the other when combined.
There have been some exceptionally creative projects, like Alex Ioanoviciu’s film, which is the story of baking an apple pie from the point of view of an apple… Ty Leet used his iPhone to capture what it would be like to fall victim to a campus shooting (ambitious, but well executed) … Peter McGarry made a film about his dog vs stairs (hilarious, sad, and sweet). Annalise Pasztor made a beautiful dance film that I can’t stop watching… Gillian Annis put us in a unique spot to witness a goldfish’s funeral… Emily Hadley illustrated how filmmakers perceive the world differently… and so many other amazing short films came from this assignment.
My favorite so far (I haven’t seen everyone’s yet) was Neal Mulani’s blunt and brilliant short film, “Camera Phone”. He used the front camera of his iPhone to capture a normal, everyday conversation with his friend that is abusively interrupted, adding a dual layer of perspective to this film that yields a much more impactful argument. I don’t want to give too much away because I think the film does a better job showing this story then I could ever put into words. Amazing work, Neal.