Plans, artist research and reflections with regards to all my work produced in my second year of university.
H F Gardner Artwork
Video taken at around 7pm on Morecambe South Beach
I briefed the performers: I asked them to walk around a space we had chosen on the beach facing the Lake District and began to ask them to notice parts of their surroundings. I did not give them their characters until the second experiment as I wanted them to focus on their own personal experience of the space first. I asked them questions such as "How far is it to the mountains", "How did this seaweed get here and why is it stuck in the sand?" to make them think about the geography of the space and the processes that could be behind it being the way it is in that moment. I wanted the movement that they created to create an extension of the potential and energy that the space possessed in all of its different components. After this warm up, I also made the decision not to use the work-like clothing because this would detract too much away from the movement and the interaction with the environment which looked so effective.
Towards the end I chose to add some natural footage of us as a group interacting on the beach in order to highlight the difference between us just interacting as people and then us interacting with both the environment and each other as a dual happening. I also wanted to create the reality of the coldness and windiness of the environment as the music takes you away from this effect.
I chose to add the music afterwards which I slowed down using Premiere Pro audio effects. I reduced the speed/duration which then reduced the pitch of the music creating a more deep effect that I think resonated better in relation to the large open space that we were filming. The adding of the music helps to re-inform the atmosphere that I would like to achieve with the dancers by the performance and helps them to further understand the kind of style I am looking for us all to achieve.
This video also gave me the opportunity to experiment with film ideas instead of the tripod view that I had used previously while I was performing. The panning was an interesting component of the video in terms of showing how the performers connected with each other. I also liked how performers could enter the shot from the foreground with another performer in the background as this highlights the large distance of the bay.
I chose to edit only the speed of the movement in some sections. The live experience is different to film in speed because when you actually witness it, less contrast has more effect on you. However, in film I feel like there needed to be more contrast in the speeds of movement. So I interpreted when the dancers were wanting to move slower or faster and simply enhanced these movements by isolating sections and speeding them up or slowing them down accordingly.