“Shapeshifter” is another slice of video art featuring a model, this time my old friend Percolate.
There were a few things I did differently with this one:
1. it was shot in my backyard largely on my Fuji X-T1, as opposed the GoPro Hero 4 Black Edition; the main reason was manual exposure control which I have on the X-T1. At nighttime, and inconsistent lighting conditions resulting from me swinging the lights, the autoexposure on the GoPro would’ve gone haywire.
2. I also composed the music the night before I shot any footage, rather than scoring a soundtrack or using a pre-existing piece of my music and plopping it into the piece. It’s a small distinction but the turnaround time for this video was much shorter, about 4 hours over 2 days, than the week or so I spent on “Unity” and “Exile” thinking about the footage and what shape it should have.
3. I had a bit of a storyboard to my usual scribbled shot list, and a few shots done as a mockup for the model to see before we shot the video.
There were cosmetic differences of course, but the 3 items above were key process differences that helped this get made. The more I plan and prepare, the less time I have to spend trying to sort out a mess of footage after the fact.
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