Windy City sights and sounds

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.

Screen shot 2014-02-18 at 9.13.07 PMIn 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.

See for yourself!

1 thought on “Windy City sights and sounds

  1. catowns2

    I enjoyed this piece on Chicago. I would have liked to see the train leave the station as well as passengers inside of the train (if that’s allowed). I know you were only there for a weekend, but I personally would have liked to see a few more landmarks. It looks like you were on State Street, I would have liked to see the Marshall Field’s (Macy’s) clock.

    I would have also liked to see the Cubs sign before the opening day. I know that is more of a personal preference. I would have also reframed the worker in the shot. I know it’s difficult to shoot through a window because of the glare but sometimes you may get lucky and it will turn out great.

    Overall, I enjoyed the piece and I thought you did a great job!

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