Practising Montage | Short Film

We got an assignment to create a montage using both techniques we learned – continuity montage and Soviet montage. I came up with the script last night and we woke up early today (on a Sunday) to shoot the short film. My classmate, Ana, helped with the camera, as I had the main role. We needed one more helper, so we called a friend and he worked alongside Ana, while also starring in a scene in the film. Ana also did the audio recording, where it was needed. She also appears in a short scene.

We didn’t have a script to follow word-for-word, just a bunch of ideas thrown together at 1 AM the previous night, so we had to find adequate locations for each shot and figure out what angles and shots work best. We used long shots, tracking shots and close-ups to name a few. Nevertheless, the fact that we didn’t have a script written beforehand allowed us to be more creative. The cold rain that fell all day long proved to be a great incentive to get something done quickly and efficiently.

The elements of Soviet montage are the three cutscenes of the park bench scattered throughout the film. These can be seen at first as flashbacks, but then they catch up to the present. The ending is open, so it gives the viewer something to think about, to reflect upon.

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Photoshopped Self Portrait

I had to take a self portrait and edit it in Photoshop. First of all, I adjusted the exposure and white balance with Adobe Camera Raw, then I went into Photoshop for retouching. I used the Patch, Healing Brush, Spot Healing Brush, Clone Stamp and Blur tools to take out stray hairs on my face and around my head, to edit out any pimples, freckles or spots, to cover up the hairless part of my right eyebrow and to fix the shadow on my forehead.

 

Creative Selfies

selfie |ˈsɛlfi (also selfynoun (pl. selfies)

informal a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website: occasional selfies are acceptable, but posting a new picture of yourself every day isn’t necessary.

ORIGIN early 21st cent.: from self -ie .

Selfie. Arguably the most common type of photography nowadays, named Word of the Year 2013 by Oxford Dictionaries. But when duck faces and girls wearing too much make-up holding Starbucks cups fill your Instagram feed, the last thing you’d think of is that selfies can be a creative art form.

Here are my five creative selfies:


1) First, I took a selfie with my phone, cropping the mouth area and taking this selfie with my computer webcam. #selfie-ception

 

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