In class we were informed that we were making our own montage. A montage is a video with many clips that doesn’t necessarily tell a story but they may have meanings behind them. We then had a look at many different montages. Typically montages are inspirational and therefore we decided we wanted out to be inspirational also. We then had a choice between many sayings which would be the main meaning behind our story. We chose ‘Fall Seven times, stand up eight.’ I like this saying as I believe it is inspirational. We also thought that not many people in the class would do this as It may be hard to do without telling a story. Before starting we had to make a plan:
This plan shows us what order we are going to put the montage in so that once we have recorded our clips we can throw them all in and start editing it. Our montage is about how we will fail once in the video but also succeed telling people that nothing comes easily and everything takes practice. Once we had recorded the clip we starting editing. Here we cut most of the clips and took the audio out. We also played around with the order as it was getting too much like a story therefore we needed to stop using continuity editing and make it more random. We also repeated many clips to portray a level of stress from all the failure. After editing this is how our montage came out.
I am proud of how this came out although it could’ve been better. I think we could improve this montage if we recorded some of the clips again as even thought they were on a tripod they were quite shaky. I think we also could add some more camera techniques to show off our camera skills. For example we could’ve done a shot which is blurry then goes into focus or maybe a shot which only the person doing their skill is in focus and the background isn’t. Overall I am happy with how this turned out I think we gained a good knowledge in ordering the clips. I enjoyed this project as It was different and I know I learnt lots of technical skills from this.
Do you think your montage has an impact?
Yes. I believe my montage is inspirational. I think this as in many of the clips we are shown failing at something and you can see the stress we have. There are also clips of us being successful in these areas also therefore giving a sense of hope. People may watch this and they may be stressed as they’re not as good at something as they want to therefore meaning they can relate.
Do you get a sense of feeling or story / relationship?
I wouldn’t say you get too much of a story as it is a montage however I’d say you get to realise that everyone fails at something but with practice they can then succeed.
How does one specified cut create meaning?
One cut can present meaning in our montage as It can go from failing at an activity to the stress of us after failing this can therefore emphasise the stress levels of failure.
Is there a sense of progression or are you trying just to reflect an experience?
Yes, I believe there is a sense of progression as you see us failing but then shortly after succeeding.
Do you use repetition of some shots? If so, how do they help communicate your idea?
yes we repeated thew shot of us all stressed out with our heads in our hands looking frustrated to get the message across of failure, We waned to make it obvious that we were failing and that it is stressful.
What additional shot would you have liked to get to further communicate the idea?
Maybe say I’m skipping and I fail i could fall to the ground and punch the floor out of frustration. To get more of a sense of success I think I would make the clips more obvious for example in the football clip I could’ve actually scored a goal and gone off celebrating.
After producing this short montage this has given me many skills I can put to use in the future. These skills include editing, management, directing, filming and even acting.