Media 4 - New Documentary

Hannah’s presentation on Korsakow got me thinking…

Hannah Brasier came back to our studio this week to speak to us about her work in Korsakow, her approach to making k-films and the research that has informed her work. I found the whole thing really refreshing, and I’m suddenly rethinking the entire direction of our project. I wish that she had presented to us 3-4 weeks ago; week 9 seems like a terrible time to start questioning everything you’ve produced to date, and how you’re going to go forward!

The thing that stood out most for me in Hannah’s presentation was her reference to Manovich’s ideas around the relationship between the interface and the database. She clearly thought about this in her k-films: her use of a list-style interface for the first k-film about noticing, and clustering the clips by theme using slightly different interface designs to highlight a “change” of cluster. Again in subsequent films, her interfaces were simple but used subtle differences to highlight these changes (or “pinch points”, as she called them).

Screenshot from Hannah's Honours work, 'Noticing'

Screenshot from Hannah’s Honours work, ‘Noticing

This is an interesting way to start thinking about UX design. How does the database dictate or inform what the interface should do/look like/be? Does it need to be visually engaging, or should it be simple and use basic elements to let the content itself guide the user’s journey?

These new concepts are making me rethink our editing decisions, and how we’ve used the footage we have so far. It’s just so linear, or as my OH might say, “it’s so durr-uh-gurr!” (I’m pretty sure he means de rigueur). I’m starting to want to move into abstract, unchartered territory, and play with what we’ve got more. Take the audio we’ve got and layer it over new footage; footage that may be related, but maybe not. Just play.

Is it too late in the semester to do that?


I love this quote. It came up in a class today and I remembered just how inspiring it really is – because it’s TRUE!!!

All creatives need to listen to this over and again whenever they’re feeling like the work they’re producing is shit, like they’re never going to get to where they want to be. We’re all shit at doing until we’re not anymore. You just have to keep pushing through, and making and making and making.

Film Reviews in 100 Words or Less

Birdman (or, The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

The journey of a washed up actor trying to revive his career on Broadway, complicated by his superhero split personality.

It’s the simplicity of the thing (narrative, continuous long shot, solo drum track) that allows performances from Keaton, Norton and Stone to shine.

A light touch of kookiness throughout (superpowers, special effects, nakedness) adds rather than detracts.

Did you notice the thematic dichotomy of truth/acting throughout? I could spend 1000 words on that alone, but I won’t.

I am still in awe of the choreography that would have had to go into shooting this.

4/5 – because I hate ambiguous endings.

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Making Media

Turning the tables on stock photography

Whenever I start a session of web browsing that resembles Alice’s tumble down the rabbit hole, I usually end up with a crash-inducing number of tabs open in my browser and a wealth of new sights and sounds that are bookmarked but (inevitably) never visited again.

Recently, I came across two websites that won’t be resigned to the same fate. I will be returning to them again and again because their offering is just so awesome, and so, so generous.

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