This is a two fold communication film demonstrating the use of film to deliver design concept, and, the journey of landscape architecture students through a design process.
Intended purpose: This is a two fold communication film demonstrating the use of film to deliver design concept, and, the journey of landscape architecture students through a design process.
Intended Audience: Design students
Research and Analysis: The first phase of our assignment we mapped out the ecological patterns of our specific site. We overlaid gathered data on base maps of the site.
Group formulation and discussion: Within the completion of research and analysis, a trend in similarities of data and observation showed among our classmates. To strengthen the approach to this design it was decided that a group effort would be involved. We formulated a group of three and begun our design process in the form of discussion and brainstorming.
Narration and storyboard: The narration was developed to set up the story line of our documentary, and hit key points that would otherwise not be revealed but supported by animation and footage. The purpose of the storyboard was schematic organization of production and clarity.
Cinematography: The firm was based on the actual project site in Shoshone, California. We gathered equipment and camped out for one night to conduct interviews with Jim Copeland, superintendent of Death Valley Unified, Thom Love, Science teacher, Love’s class, and David Washum, local café owner and parent. We chose these particular interviewees because each encompassed a particular role in Shoshone that would further support our intended purpose. Meanwhile, we captured footage and still shots of the surrounding natural environment, and ordinary conducts of daily life in the small town of Shoshone.
Many supporting shots outside of Shoshone were conducted at our university studio facilities using actress, Jennifer Rueda, and posing her in reenactment of our original procedure of research and analysis in the first phase.
Editing: 10 Hours of potential footage was complied into separate electronic files, viewed, summarized, and footnoted to organize each large file. 10 To 15 minutes of a variety of material was selected by group decision to make the final cut. Raw footage, recorded narration, sound bites, animation, and music scores, were imported into an Adobe Premiere file and engineered and refined to create all the sequences.
Presentation: The final product is a 15 minute length film that articulates design processes and design solutions with the use of tone-setting audio, voiceover narration, stated footage, non-staged events captured, interviews, and moving imagery. Details and storyboard of the completed film project are presented in the following image based pages.