Abstract Haiku

When I first got the assignment for the abstract haiku I was anxious to see how it would all fit together. I tend to be very detail oriented and logical in my thinking so this project was a bit of a challenge at first. Filming the video and recording the audio on separate days helped me not associate one with the other. This allowed me to focus just on one aspect of the project at a time.

My main focus when filming the abstract visuals was to make sure the white balance and exposure were done correctly. Having never used these cameras before, it was good to be able to practice with them even if it was only for a few shots. Because the shots were abstract I really wanted to focus on making them visually interesting through framing and lighting with shadows.

Before this project, I had never really worked with audio equipment either so I tried to find interesting sounds that didn’t necessarily associate with any of the visuals I had gotten the day before. It was important to me because I wanted to take three different aspects of the project (the visual, audio, and poem) and make them something that was pleasant to listen and watch.

When editing we were able to use footage and audio from the entire class. I went through every video and found what I thought would fit together well in terms of shot quality and composition. My main focus however, was on the sound scape of the abstract. I really wanted to give the video a lot of depth by adding not only the spoken haiku, but also layering music and the ambient sounds.

I intentionally started the sound before the visual so that would be the first thing to draw in the audience. I then added the visual and started layering the sound tracks eventually leading to the spoken track of the haiku. I chose subtle sounds and music to not distract from the words being said but rather add a feeling or sense of space to the visual you see. I feel that by adding and layering the sounds I was able to create a sort of arc feeling in my edit. It slowly builds, peaks, and has a relief by staggering the visual and audio clips at both the beginning and the end.


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