a weekend – daphne sevilla

For this assignment, I filmed moments throughout my weekend as I take time for myself and hang out with my friends. I start the video out with an early-morning sunrise time-lapse with an audio of what I heard outside my…

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For this assignment, I filmed moments throughout my weekend as I take time for myself and hang out with my friends. I start the video out with an early-morning sunrise time-lapse with an audio of what I heard outside my window. There are three identical shots from my bed throughout the video, taken at different times of the day to show the levels of light bathing my room, and to make a subtle call to the beginning, middle, and end of my day. I start my day by taking a walk in the West Village, recording both still and slow-pan shots as I find beautiful and peaceful areas that I particularly like. Inspired by the shadow work in In the Mood for Love, I added a couple clips involving my friends’ and my shadows; the first one was from an installation at the MoMA in which the patrons became the characters in the film being projected, and it became quite meta in the way that you can see me holding my modern phone while the sounds of the film reel creak in the background; the second one was from walking home after a night out, after I discovered that there was a small area that made our shadows look colorful. For the third and final shot of my dorm, it is completely dark out and the light in my room is now coming from a lamp and my projector, and the projected screen transitions into the screen from the event I attend later that night, the atmosphere suddenly becoming loud and much less alone. I also intentionally filmed “Midnight Memories” by One Direction in the clip, as the lyrics reflects what my friends and I were up to that night. Afterwards, I film a very intimate setting of my friends and I eating pizza, huddled around at a very small table, needing to stack our trays under my food so that our plates could all fit. The social blocking here indicates our closeness and comfortability with having to share such a small space with each other. I end the video with a clip from a conversation my friend and I had late at night, our silhouettes visible through the NYC backdrop, fitting well with the topic we were discussing that involved feelings people our age would typically only talk about in the safe darkness of 2am. I’m on the left side of the frame, in front of the smaller window, while my friend is on the right, with lots of space surrounding her. From our conversation, the representation of how much space we have relative to the window shows the experience she was able to have with what we were talking about; she gained more space by making mistakes and learning from them.

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