Preliminary Task: Mood Montage

To begin my new project I decided to create a montage to begin practicing my filming and video editing skills.
I joined a group with James and Charlotte. We were then given a list of adjectives to chose from which would determine the theme of our montage. We chose lonely/ lost and more specifically decided to portray the feelings and emotions involved when losing your phone in today’s society.

The first step was to understand what a montage is. We did this by looking at multiple examples of montages.

The next step was to plan the filming. We did this by creating a story board in which we drew the different scenes we wanted in the montage. It was important that there was no continuity or story shown in the montage.

The storyboard was very useful when filming as we knew which shots to film and which angles to use.

Do you think your montage has an impact?

I believe that the montage conveys the theme of loneliness well, and does this through the use of several shots such as long shots of James looking into the distance and the repeated shot of the lost phone. The background used also conveys the sense of loneliness.


Do you get a sense of feeling or story / relationship?

I feel that there is a sense of loneliness created through this montage created through the various shots and background music. I also feel  the montage captures the relationship between the character and the phone. This is created through shots that repeatedly cut from character to the phone.


How does one specified cuts create meaning?

I think that the specific scene at 0:27 ,where the character is looking out of the window at the rain, creates a strong sense of loneliness and shows the characters vulnerability and sadness.


Is there a sense of progression or are you trying just to reflect an experience?

I feel that due to the random order of the shots, there is no progression in the montage. Instead, the montage reflects a general theme.


Do you use repetition of some shots? If so, how do they help communicate your idea?

Throughout the montage we used many repeated shots. One example is the repeated shot of the lost phone. This was done to communicate the idea of it being lost.


What additional shot would you have liked to get to further communicate the idea?

I would have liked to have added more close up shots of the characters face to convey more of the characters emotion.


This task allowed me to gain a further understanding as to how film can create meaning, which will be useful in the future when producing my music video.