Antropy - Short Documentary
Role: Cinematographer, Director, Editor
Tools: Final Cut Pro, Canon DSLR
Collaborators: Carmela Mok, Guidance from Nike Hatzidimou
Date: Spring 2013
Created through the Teens @ Evergreen Cultural Centre Film Program. 7 students split into 3 groups to produce 3 short documentaries, each about a local emerging artist. Angela Gooliaff is an artist living in Vancouver that has a background in Science, Biology and Psychology.
Our first task for this project was to research local emerging artists, I found Angela Gooliaff and thought that her background in science made her unique and an interesting focus for the film. Developing questions for the interview that teach the viewers about Angela's work, her inspirations as well as motivations were essential in creating this documentary.
The film switches back and forth between two parts: the interview portion and the B-roll. The interview relied heavily on lighting, especially because that portion was set inside. With no access to lighting equipment, we depended on natural lighting and lighting fixtures.
The B-roll footage helps add meaning and dynamism to the film because it shows more than just the stationary shot of the interview that may make the audience lose interest. By adding interesting compositions that solidified and followed the dialogue, it emphasizes what is being said.
For this project, the dialogue from the interview acted as the main footage that was interlaced with the B-roll that helped create viewers visualize the words.
The B-roll acted as a visual engagement for the viewers, it complements the static interview portion. It help create a visual reference for the dialogue throughout the film. It was important to edit certain shots at certain times to match up with the content being spoken. These scenes were the more dynamic ones, where composition and variety of shots were essential.
This project introduced me to the process of filmmaking, it taught me about composition, sound and interviews in films. The things I learned while working on this project, which included things keep in mind while filming in order to have effective footage helped me create my short film in Spring 2015.
Communication was an important aspect of this project because I had to conduct interviews as well as keep in constant communication with the artist to make a project that everyone would enjoy.