My piece has taken the form of a documentary, this is a break from what I am used to producing and so I had to put in much more critical thinking behind the composition of the edit.
The film opens up with a shot of the Mount Edgecombe estate and a glimpse at the surrounding area, these shots were used at the beginning to give the viewer a sense of space and to give them a vague understanding of where they were.
The next shot is a pull focus which moves from the bushes outside Mount Edgecombe to a focus of the marquee where the Drawn To The Valley event is taking place.
This shot was used as it felt a much more natural transition from an outside location to inside, as if you were walking the viewer through the grounds and then guiding them inside the main event.
After bringing the viewer inside the marquee the piece begins to introduce the heads of the organisation and gives the audience a brief insight into what kind of artist they are, I found this effective as it enables viewers of any background, be it an artist or just someone walking by, an insight into who these people are and what they are doing at the event.
This is followed by shots of the centre piece, the nature goddess.
I used shots of the artists constructing it from the beginning as it illustrated what they are saying while the footage plays, each talking about their own individual art style.
Seeing these art styles being used in front of you gives the viewer a sense of what they are talking about and opens their eyes to the something they may not have given much thought to.
The combination of audio to demonstrate the visuals is a powerful tool and one that is repeatedly used in this piece to reinforce what is being shown and to inform the viewer throughout.
This chapter of the film is then brought to a close with artist ‘Tessa Jane’ saying about how the event has given her a greater understanding of natural beauty and how she is now ‘drawn to the valley’, this was used to round off the chapter as it related back to the nature goddess which was shown throughout but also to make use of a shot of her walking away into nature and the event.
The combination of these small elements give a greater impact to the chapter as it reinforces everything you have been told up until that point but with the shot of her walking away it opens up the transition into the next chapter of the story.
The next chapter is brought in with a rapid change in conversation, this was done to give the viewer a sense of back and forth as if they are having a conversation as they are guided around the event, this is also important as it focuses on the main point of the exhibition, getting children involved with art.
To demonstrate this message many shots of the kids making random pieces of art were used, this gave a sense of diversity to what the viewer sees as there are many quick cuts mixed in with long takes. The quick cuts were used to showcase finished work and give a sense of what was being made while the long shots contrasted with the quick ones as they were used to give a sense of immersion to the audience, to make them feel as if they were walking around having a look for themselves.
To greater improve this immersion shots of the children looking at the camera after seeing it were used, this was done to give the viewer a sense that the kids were looking back at them while they were being guided around.
This chapter is also quite important as the interview audio used is very profound in its message.
The interview talks about never knowing when someone may be inspired and when you can trigger that creative drive in someone, this audio was used because it blends well with the visuals of the kids being fully engrossed in what they are doing, it demonstrates the point more than the words alone could.
This chapter is brought to a close with a reverse of the original pull focus shot with some orange colour correction to give the impression it is now later in the day.
This shot was also used in reverse to give the viewer the feeling they are now walking from inside to outside once again.
The last chapter focuses solely on the venue of Mount Edgecombe, this was done to give a feel as if the guided tour was coming to a close as the day began to end.
To create this feeling darker colour correction was used to make the day feel much later.
The shots used are very artistic in terms of their composure, much different to the rest of the film and this was done as the content had shifted.
Originally the camera was guided to give the viewer a feel of walking around the venue but as this chapter focused solely on the location, the most eye pleasing shots were used instead.
The film then finishes out with a sunset on the horizon, this particular shot was used to make the viewer feel as if the day had ended and its time for them to head home.
The whole piece was designed as if it was a guided tour and the shots and editing style used captures that quite nicely and the success of that style makes the viewer feel as if they were there for the day.