McKenna Kaye: Approaching Purpose

For this project, I tried to condense the most consistent things I do in a week into one single day. I realized quickly that a lot of what I do is moving around, and so I knew I wanted to…

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For this project, I tried to condense the most consistent things I do in a week into one single day. I realized quickly that a lot of what I do is moving around, and so I knew I wanted to focus on capturing the motion and progression through my day. Through the way I would pan the camera left to right, or walk from the left to right side of the screen, or even rotate the camera from left to right. I tried to use a mix of static and tracking shots to give the audience both a sense of viewership and a sense of companionship with me. I also tried to do this through the proximity of the camera: when I was with more people/in a more general location, the camera was farther away. But as my actions became more intimate, so did the shot. I highly considered how to make “walking to class” more personal, and I chose to do that through my wardrobe, the song choice, and what was shown in the more personal shots. For the wardrobe, I wore a Monty Python shirt as a subtle hint to my love for their comedy. For the majority of the video, I wore a shirt and pair of pants that I thrifted with a friend, on a very lovely day. For the song, I wanted to choose something that felt energetic and montage-y. I’m not sure if that’s a word, but it was what I was going for. I wanted to show my music taste and love for my friends in a semi-subtle way, as they are both things that get me through each day. In the beginning, I ran through some of my favorite songs before choosing the one used, and at the end, I show off my wall of posters in my dorm. Part way through, I’m sitting with my friends from school, and then transition to a video call with my best friend from home. I revisited the original shots at the end to create a sense of closing and routine through the repetition. I turn the light on to signify the beginning of my day, and turn it off to signify the end. In conclusion, I really enjoyed evaluating my days and how even the most mundane aspects can be what I look forward to most.

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