Through the editing process, although not intentionally done, we realised we were also incorporating the brief ‘an exploration of sound-image relations’ into our work. An aspect of this was done by juxtaposing certain clips such as ben in the ward to the sound of the found footage, the riots. The reason we then continued to explore the sound aspect, along with our original briefs, it accompanied are non-linear narrative structure in a complimentary manner. In our initial idea of editing we wanted to use the high pitched sound throughout our video, which we used in the beginning, middle and end to tie the narrative together. Another aspect of the narrative we were not sure on was whether to ask the subject the interview question or not. We decided that the edit with us asking the question- do you think you would be able to live without your smartphone? – was the right one to use as without the question we thought it would all be too confusing. The ending of our video was difficult in terms of deciding which way we wanted to edit it. In the end we decided to end it with a variation of fast cuts between the subject in the ward and the found footage for the quick editing to stop with a longer clip of the subject accompanied with the high pitched sound. We wanted to round up our argument with the last clip, which shows an air view of a riot, with the voice over of Sherry Turkle describing technologies effect on us. The reason we ended it like that was to clarify our overall message that technology in a way is taking over by showing the dead like state of the subject in the ward and comparing it to a large riot as the voiceover connects the two by saying ‘connection is more like a symptom than a cure.’
Throughout our documentary we have used clips and sounds from ‘Sherry Turkle- Connected but Alone’ which is a Ted Talk describing the effect technology has over us which is really relevant to the topic of our video. EE-Presenting 4GEE and Fibre Broadband and ‘JIBO- the worlds fist family robot’ were found footage that were used in our video as transition shots to develop our argument by showing how technology is advancing. The opening of an Apple Store in Barcelona was another bit of footage that we used to develop our narrative of being addicted to technology. This footage was then manipulated through the use of sound, which changed the meaning and enhanced our narrative. During the end of our video piece we wanted to edit and fast cut loads of found footage to make the ending seem chaotic. We chose to use scenes from ‘Black Friday Footage’ and ‘London Riot Footage’, which we have manipulated to make it seem worse than it was.
The first found sound that we used was a podcast from ‘Wired’, which speaks positively about the most interesting technology such as 4G. The majority of the music we used came from adverts and the introduction of new smart phones and technologies such as Apple Macbook Air Tv ad: ‘The notebook people love.’ Another advert that we used was Samsung Galaxy: The Training as there were certain parts that worked well in conjunction with our footage. We decided to this as it links well with the topic of our video as the adverts are promoting new technologies. In different parts of our video, even if not correctly linked, we used the sounds of Black Friday and London Riot footage to enhance and also manipulate the meaning of the image it accompanies.
After creating a first draft of our overall edit there were a few problems that we are going to trying to fix. The main problem that we found was due to the way we decided to split into two groups because the two edits were on different computers. There were problems in how we were going to transfer the second half edit onto the first half edit. What we decided to do, and what would be the most convenient, was to export the second half into a long video clip and transfer it that way. The problem with this was that we couldn’t re-edit the parts after we had exported it so the glitches that we wanted to fix we had to razor certain parts while still having the correct timing between the sound and the visual.
After showing it to the class there were a few changes that we wanted to make. The gap between the first and the second half cut to black while the sound still remained. The cut to black lasted too long and didn’t really work so we want to shorten that gap to make the first half flow better with the second. Another clip we want to improve is at the beginning of the second half in which the actor is answering the second question in the interview. We are going to flip the clip so that his interview coincides with the other interviewees to allow them to look as if they were all the same. On the same clips there were discussions that the actor wasn’t on screen long enough before cutting to the ward. We aim to adjust this by viewing the subject for longer in order for the audience to be able to analyse him as the protagonist.
We still have other bits of editing to do in order to make the narrative flow and with the sound. The volume levels vary throughout our first edit so we want to adjust them so they are at equal levels. We also want to experiment with the different sounds that are played over the subject in the ward so that the sound resembles the found footage-riots. Another aspect is to add the different days to the different ward scenes so that the audience gets more of an idea to the narrative.
The ending of the overall video still needs more work, as we haven’t decided how we are going to end it. We decided when we were creating a narrative structure to leave the ending till we have edited the majority of it to see which ending works best. We have a few options and ideas on how we are going to end it:
- End it with a question regarding technology such as ‘Are You Able To Live Without Technology?’
- End it with a blank screen with the continuous beeping that has been played throughout
- End it with the subject reaching for his interactive screen with his arm dropping at the end
The first enquiry we had to tackle in the editing process was deciding how we are going to create the narrative. Initially, while first coming up with our idea, we thought it would be easier to construct the narrative in a linear process in which you see the subject getting progressively worse alongside the found footage becoming more chaotic. After deliberation we decided that it would be a lot more interesting to watch if the narrative was non-linear. The reason we have decided to construct our video in a non-linear process is to confuse the audience in the beginning and to then allow the narrative to become clearer as the video progresses. We aim to do this by mixing up the found footage with the footage from the ward and the interviews. This week we started to construct the narrative structure by writing down the different steps:
One part of the narrative structure we still are not sure on is whether we are going to show us asking the subject the question- ‘do you think you could live without your smart phone? Or whether we should leave it for the audience to work it out. We are going to create two different edits one with the question and one without and see which one works best. The first clip we want to show, the subject in the ward about mid-way through his recovery, aims to give an idea of what is still to come within the narrative. Along with this clip there is a high pitched beeping sound that we want to resemble glitches in technology and also a hospital machine to connect the two. Our aim is to play the same sound throughout the narrative so that a connection can be made between the actor and the found footage that we are going to add. After editing the first few seconds as a large group we have decided that it would be more timesaving if we split off into two separate groups with one editing the first half and one editing the second half.
As part of the planning process before filming in Glenside Ward we worked out the different activities that would occur on each of the diary days. Before we started to do this we looked at the different withdrawal symptoms that occur with different types of drug and alcohol addiction. We took these symptoms and wrote actions for the actor to create as part of the development of withdrawal symptoms as part of not being able to survive without technology. These are the common symptoms associated with addiction withdrawal:
Part of our subverted documentary is to create a scenario in which an actor is experimenting without technology. We wanted to film somewhere that had a clinical feel to it to enhance the idea that he is being experimented on. Another reason we wanted this look is so the audience can relate it to a kind of rehab facility in which he has gone to help his addiction to technology. After getting permission we found a perfect location that combined the settings that we were looking for, Glenside ward. We had the whole ward to ourselves, which allowed room for us to work in. We started by setting up the scene in the way we wanted it to look by adding and removing certain objects. We put a calendar above the hospital bed to subtly show the transformation period as we crossed of the dates equivalent. Previously we had decided the actions the subject was going to go through each day getting progressively worse. We set up two cameras to get to different effects. We placed a go pro at the end of the hospital bed to create a diary cam eel. The go pro had quite a wide view allowing you to be able to see the surroundings. The other camera, a DSLR, was placed high up in the corner of the room. We added a blue tinge to the settings allowing it to have a CCTV feel to it. Our aim is to switch between the two different cameras to add to the storyline we aim to create.
Part of our video piece is going to consist of interviews asking the public a couple of questions regarding technology. The reason for this is to have some type of evidence to back up the narrative we aim to create. This week we conducted these interviews by placing ourselves by college green as we thought that it would be a convenient place to get a wide range of different people and ages. The two questions that we asked were:
- Do you own a smartphone?
- Would you be able to live without your smartphone?
The questions we chose to ask were quite straightforward to allow the people that we were asking not feel uneasy but still allowed us to gather the answers that we needed. Along with this we also asked the same two questions to our actor and constructed his answers to coincide with the other interviewees. Our aim in the editing to process is to split the two questions to two different parts of the narrative structure and to merge all of the answers together.
After we had finished filming for that day we re-watched the footage we realised that it was too over exposed due to the camera settings not being set according to the sunny day that it was. We then decided that it would be best if we re-shot some of the interviews which overall was a success. Generally it was successful that we had to do the interviews twice as it enables us to have a wide range of different answers.