Today I had the chance to preview my work to Andrew Reeve and Mike LaRosa, via projection. I found this really interesting and exciting both at the same time. This was the first time I had really shown anybody my finished movie and was nice to see on the big wall. I was interested in what they both had to say about my piece. They both picked up on the quality of my audio which I was pleased about. They both likes the clash in personalities between my two subjects. They found the simplicity very good also and even said on some places they thought it went to quickly, I had worried about the tempo of my piece. I am really glad they both liked it and am really looking forward to showcasing my work in the nearby future.
For me this module has been really interesting to see how I have worked as an individual and not part of a group, whilst still maintaining a group environment with other projects. There has only been me working on this project which I have really enjoyed. It has been a great chance to trial my strengths and weaknesses in terms of film making. I feel I have found what id ideally like to do in the future and this module has given me the key to do this to a high quality level. I think that the more that I have put into this module then the more I have gained in experience and knowledge. I am very much looking forward to further developing my documentary into a full feature length documentary in the near future.
After a few days of editing my piece putting different footage it different places I have finally come up with my final edit. I have decided to put the footage in a sort or chronological order, starting from their first experiences of the war until the present day and their thoughts on it now. I feel that this edit works really and will keep the viewer entertained and informed. After completing all of the credits I feel that fit in nicely with the tone and feel of the film. Also I have shown some friends and family my final film, I have had some good feedback from them. I have finally done what I set out to achieve, which was to create a documentary surrounding the Cyprus divide from both sides of the island. I ran in a lot of trouble along the way, many obstacles were thrown in my way but I have overcome all of these to create a film that I am very proud of and am looking forward to selling myself on it in the near by future.
This is a screen grab of my final edited timeline.
This week I have finally started to edit my documentary. Initially I watched all the footage once through, then I re-watched me this time picking out bits that I wanted to include in my film. This was a very quick process and took nearly no time at all. I was left with about 12-15 shots fighting for around 6-7 places. I came to the conclusion not to involve my granddads piece. I feel that including this would be a tad strange, his answers to my questions were very thorough and unique. But I am finding it harder to fit three people into my film, I think that two peoples views will be sufficient. I am not going to scrap the footage all together though. I am planing into the future and a more in depth and longer documentary. In the future I will include his version of the story also, but for now and this project I don’t feel like including this in my final edit. I have put together a rough edit in linear terms, I have placed the footage as it was filmed. This is a very rough cut.
Today I did my last interview, this was most enjoyable again. Firstly I met this guys who seemed like a tough shell from the outset. I set up my camera in his living room using his window as my lighting. I wanted him to feel comfortable whilst being interviewed so I sat him down on his favorite arm chair. As with my other interviews I gave him a brief of the questions that I was going to ask him, this gave me a structure. He responded with a thick heavy Cypriot accent which I soon got used to. I was very intrigued into what he had to say, he was a lot more balanced in favor to the Greek Cypriots and had a great disliking towards the mainland Turks. After the first few questions he became more relaxed and I feel his true thoughts came out on camera. He is a very dedicated man to his country and very patriotic, this really came through whilst I was asking him questions. I think that somewhat he surprised himself in the topic and manner in which he spoke.
All in all this was a very interesting insight into the Turkish invasion. I am looking forward into going over the footage and whittling down my edit into the final film.
My granddad has secured for my my last interview for my film. This is with his old friend from down the road, who was part of the original EKOA. This is an exciting time for me getting to ask questions to a real life freedom fighter. I have not met this man yet, but am looking forward to pitching a few questions about the war to me. From what I understand he has a great disliking for the mainland Turkish army/people, this will give my documentary more depth and feeling. For this interview I will prepare some questions around the EKOA and see how he handles these. I am set to interview him this Friday the 9th of April.
Yesterday I filmed my second interview for my film. This one I felt went rather well and as too plan. I chose to set up my shot as to make my interviewee most comfortable and give the shot a sense of depth and nice framing. I chose to sit him at a table, this was next to a window which meant I again used natural light which worked to my advantage. I really liked the flow of this interview, I had not previously talked about what I was going to ask him. This meant there was a nice sense and vision of him thinking about how to answer a certain question, I think that this will really add to the tone of the film and gives it some emotion and a nice pace. The answers I got to my questions I felt came from the heart and were well thought out. He gave me a completely different view on the subject than I thought I would. In saying this I could really pick up on his values on life as they are very similar to my own outlook on life, this was very nice to such similarities. It seems to me from these interviews that both sides of the island have fallen victim to the more corrupt and political ways of the world and that the people at the bottom, the everyday civilians are not to blames and have been pigeon-holed with common stereotypes. This for me feels very selfish and unnecessary in such a modern world and society.