Client: British Columbia Institute of Technology – New Media Design & Web Development
In this project, I wanted to create a short video that digs deeper into who I am and what I do. I decided to make this into a series and have more videos like this in the future. The footage in the video were shot mostly in my room. It’s a short video that dives into my mind and shows more of my character in depth through explanation and video editing – all in one room.
First, I brainstormed about what I wanted to show and what message I wanted to send. So, I started by brainstorming ideas on how I can express my character through a short video. I wanted to show who I am and the things that I find interest in and dig deeper and bring the audience with me on a short adventure through just one room. I thought of the best ways to explain myself in depth through the setting of the videos. So, the type of weather also played a role. Mostly, I wanted beautiful views like sunsets and sunrise because I knew the overview I had from my room was a great sight and would go well with explaining parts of me in a soothing display.
I then created a storyboard to figure out what kind of shots I wanted and what views I wanted to show while I talked about deep things. I was hoping for sunrise or sunsets or just a clear, nice blue sky for me to record while I was working on my computer. I wanted sideview shots and B-roll clips that show from the ceiling and then aims towards the windows to show the buildings. I also wanted to get dramatic scenes so I invisioned somewhat a birds-eye view of my workstation. I also wanted to get the trees smoothly going with the wind – this is what I wanted to aim for because I thought it would be appropriate for when I started to tone things down. I also thought about wanting to have a scene where I open the blinds to “open up” the short video. I also wanted to show some of the editing process to have a visual on the things I do.
The process took several days – reason being, the weather conditions. I waited for nice, beautiful, clear looking skies and this took a few weeks and a lot of B-Roll. I also took a few days to edit and create the music for the video using Garageband. It took a lot of cutting and editing the video to make it flow. I also grabbed free packs online to use for the video and add some effect to it like the record effect I used and also the film scratches. My thought process was basically: How can I make a video using only my room? Well, this is it. In this project, I wanted to create a short video that digs deeper into who I am and what I do. I decided to make this into a series and have more videos like this in the future. The footage in the video were shot mostly in my room. It’s a short video that dives into my mind and shows more of my character in depth through explanation and video editing – all in one room. It took a while to get the right clips but I used whatever footage I could find. I grabbed free plugins to create a glitch effect on the TV to show that we’re watching a part of me explaining myself in depth. I added some film scratches it make it seem like it was old footage because I spoke in past-tense so I felt it was only appropriate. I made a lot of cuts and glitch transitions to make the transitions between clips and smoothen the flow of the short video. I also created a short timelapse towards the end with the sun coming down and then with me coming towards the camera to smoothly transition the video out to a black screen end.
In conclusion, this project allowed me to explore the capabilities of video editing using Premiere Pro. I managed to use free video packages and different screen modes to integrate in my video to give it that “recording” look. I also enjoyed putting together this video by waiting for the sun to rise/set and capturing the moment – this took days because weather played a crucial role in capturing a wonderful sight. Overall, it was a fun project to do and it took a lot of effort and time to put it together. Not only did I edit the video but I also managed to share a part of myself through doing the things I found interest in.