For my project revision, I addressed a number of things that I wanted to improve, while also taking into account some of the feedback received by Erik Johansen. From Erik’s feedback, I wanted to better address theme of the video to really reflect going on an adventure through the book I was reading, as opposed to a live world representation of a story.
The first change I needed to address was adding an opening title to introduce the concept of the video portrait – that being an escape from the Seattle rain through literature. In conjunction with the title card, I added a recent rainy Seattle day into the initial footage, creating a split screen image. This introduced both the walk and rain in the same period of time. This similar effect was captured at the close of the film to represent leaving the escape and returning to the rainy Seattle world outside.
The secondary element was to remove some of the page turns that I had copied throughout. This allowed me to have crisp images when referencing the flowers and the Artist’s Way tucked on the table. I felt it was important to bring clarity to the ideas that were being read.
The third major change was adding a rain/thunder sequence to the full length of the video. This added a depth to the video story that was compelling, and allowed a very large thunder rumble at the moment the “Boom” image appeared. This was the best solution in a short time to add effect to that sequence turn.
In addition, I played with some of the audio controls and effects. By brining the rain mostly to the left channel and the narration stronger on the right channel, it feels like a greater surround sound effect is taking place. I’m happy with the novice attempt at this, however recognize how much more could be done with many hours of manipulation.
Original Screen Shot:
Revision Screen Shot:
Video Portrait Revision Video: