I have made a short three minute film that derives from all the research I have been doing over the past few months in response to the ‘Post-what?’ brief. The film consists of various clips that I found on YouTube that all contain imagery of broken monitors and screens and questions underneath them on how to solve the user’s problem (Fig 1) I found this interesting as because I couldn’t physically touch the object in question, the images then became a totally different experience when I started to reconsider what was being posted. I started appreciating the videos not only for the imagery, but started really considering the space between myself and my computer and the space between the YouTube users and myself (Fig 2)
The ideas came from my thoughts on the reliability of technology. How it is adapting and changing the way we communicate constantly so we no longer need to meet in person to share ideas, images and thoughts. I explored this idea of ‘networking’ by collaborating with a mutual Facebook friend who studies Music production at UCLAN. He followed my blog and in response to my idea produced the music for the film. This communication was essential as what I posted he posted back in response. The outcome works well with my initial ideas and adds an eerie atmosphere to the film, something I wanted to add to encapsulate my uncertainty of what technology has in store for the future.
I found making the film difficult and the software was alien to me but it is always something I have wanted to master to strengthen my creative skills. Although the resolution of the film is poor I think it mirrors the videos that where originally posted, uploading it back onto YouTube was the right way to display the film as the imagery was originally taken from there. The outcome isn’t as strong as I wanted it to be so I would like to return to this in the future and produce a more effective outcome. Research has been a really enjoyable aspect of the project and it has emphasized the importance of being critically aware of the effects technology can have on my occupation as a visual communicator.
This is an example of a posted video that displays signs of failure. By looking at the imagery in a creative way, it generates a unique light show that confuses what we expect to see from a television screen.
Understanding the different layers to this method of communication helped form my ideas on connectivity. Breaking down the physical space between myself and the user.
The video is now live and can be viewed publicly on YouTube. The place I found the clips seems the right place to store it.