Assignment four was an adventure for more reason than one.
The project fell during a time when I was in Chicago visiting my boyfriend, Dylan, who patiently carted me around the city so I could film. In a (somewhat) unfamiliar environment, I set out to create a (very) unfamiliar product: a video essay.
In my video essay, I attempted to capture sights and sounds common to Chicago natives like Dylan. I chose to avoid most of the city’s tourist locations in an attempt to represent the everyday essence of the city. This theme was inspired by Dylan, a long-time Chicagoan easily irritated by tourists’ and suburban residents’ claims to “his” city.
The only real problems I encountered with assignment four were the elements. Bad weather kept me indoors for portions of the weekend, and piles of snow made getting steady shots difficult.
Additionally, I had a hard time choosing a logical order for my videos. I wish I could have ended with a train exiting the station, but I felt the video seemed jumpy when I did that and that I didn’t have enough time to incorporate it. I had so many shots that choosing which to include was difficult. In the end, I went with the videos that transitioned together most smoothly. In the future, I think I should have a more concrete vision of my final project to alleviate this issue.
With this project, we were supposed to focus on conveying a story, just as we did in assignment three. I think I did Dylan and Chicago justice in portraying a the sights and sounds of the Windy City.