Continuing from last week, we refined and completed the project. As the time was cut short, we made adjustments and simplification of the project. Although some of our ideas were too ambitious, we managed to create a cohesive body of work in the short period of time. This week was mostly about creating deliverables and refining the existing works.
As the creative visual lead in the project, I was responsible for contributing and overseeing the direction of the videos and effects. Alongside helping with the looped background video, I also created some videos that overlay onto the background. In this video, I created an alpha channel for the footage I took at Batu Caves – a cultural icon of Malaysia. The transition and symbolism of the smoke are strong in both the foreground and the transition, creating a perfect blend. I took particular attention to create seamless transitions for the beginning and the ending of each overlay clip, as these are non-linear and controlled and triggered by the participants.
The central theme running through the footage is the cycle of a day – from sunrise to sunset. I realised that some videos had faster pacing than others, so I needed to rearrange these clips to create a better flow. After brainstorming and rearranging the clips, I settled on this flow sequence:
- Sunrise – timelapse in KL
- Medium pace – both KL and MEL waking up
- Fast pace – cities buzzing with energy and people
- Medium pace – suburbs of MEL and river cruise of KL
- Slow pace – Batu caves and sunset
- Sunset – timelapse in MEL
- Medium pace – night market and music festival
- End – night panorama shot in KL
Adding glitch effects to the drone shots
I was also responsible for colour-correcting all the footage. It was something that I had less experience with but proved to be a good challenge to learn new things and improve my video-editing skills. Some parts were more difficult than others as I worked with footage taken from different cameras, and some even had pre-existing colour corrections.
Colour-correcting the footages
Preparing for the Exhibition
We created posters and prepared the space for the final exhibit which happens on the last day. In order to set up the installation, we discussed various arrangements and settled on a simple yet effective set-up. As projections require a dim room, we selected the corner space with white walls as an ideal projection area. The walls are tiled with large checkered ridges, which coincidentally echoes the theme of “collage” in our installation. The MIDI sound-board is stationed on a taller table, whereas the projector is stowed away from view. The floor space in front of the projector is covered with black cloth, which encourages participants to interact with the prominent object in view – the soundboard.