I’m not sure I’d title the project the same way, but I love what London Squared did with this film. I wonder if the filmmakers showed the result to the people they interviewed for the project and how the people felt about seeing themselves as objects in the landscape. The filmmakers call themselves urban anthropologists, but their webpage doesn’t mention any formal training.
Still, I’m always looking for inspiration. Even if I don’t have that kind of animation skills.
This Wednesday after the scheduled brown bag lecture, there will be a
showing of “So You’re an Archaeologist?!”, a 20 minute long film made for
the Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul exhibit,
currently running at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.
This film was made by UC Berkeley PhD Candidates David Cohen and Colleen
Morgan and features interviews by many of their colleagues.
The film will start at approximately 1pm, after the scheduled lecture from
Alexei Vranich, and will be located in the Archaeological Research
Facility, 2251 College Building, Room 101.
I bought a Flip video camera to check it out for potential use in outreach and more cheap, on-the-fly video recording. I like how small the thing is and it is really easy to use, but I think one of the most interesting aspects of it is the cell phone-like morphology of the thing. People act very differently when they have video cameras pointed at them, and this (so far) seems to be less true with the Flip camera. I like that it promotes more casual recording and it seems more resilient then most video cameras–perfect for on site.
One of the steep downsides is the gui that comes with it. I played with “editing” inside of it and uploading videos with it, and almost immediately became frustrated with how obtuse it was. I ended up importing the .avi files that it creates into Final Cut Pro, and editing them with my old, familiar tools. The video quality isn’t great, but it’s better than most cell phone and digital camera video. Jason, the site photographer at Catal, was playing with one of these over the summer, but I haven’t seen what he’s shot with it yet, so I can’t really compare.
I shot the above video while driving with Ruth to the Presidio, sped it up, threw a couple of transitions in and a snippet from Broadcast’s Poem of a Dead Song, just for kicks. It took about 10 minutes, including rendering time. Not too shabby.
The video quality on flickr leaves something to be desired. I’m still trying to find the magic encoding/quality/upload computation.
A short clip from a longer video that we’re making for the San Francisco Asian Art museum. It’s the first time I’ve shot in HD, and it’s producing some problems between Final Cut Pro versions, but I’m struggling along.
While I was doing a bit of background for a short piece I’m writing (that is late!), I came across the Emerging Cypriot project, which has several short films that were made by a professional filmmaker collaborating with the Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project. I’m always happy to find more archaeological media available on the web, and it’s interesting to see how other people frame the same topics.
As I may have mentioned previously, this semester I am TA’ing Introduction to Archaeology with Ruth, which is fairly media-heavy, as one might imagine. For their midterm we had the students watch two short movies, the first being about Ruth’s Opovo project and a professionally made film called Under These Fields 1,000 years ago. They compared these two projects, and had to write a critical examination of the authorship, intended audience, and variable audience response, using knowledge from the textbook. I just graded a whole passel of them and was surprised to see that most of them liked the Opovo film better–the shaky, handheld, goofy homemade thing that it was. It will be interesting to see how things like youtube and the greater ubiquity of DIY media will shape aesthetics and the perception of media products.