What I learned about the 60 sec film is that it is often difficult to come up with interesting concepts or compositions that require a time limit of one minute. I found that each individual came up with very different ideas, yet had similar ideas when it came to camera movement and the distance at which the shot was taken. I felt it was very interesting that almost every student played with this idea of using angle or “cropping” to create a certain feeling in the environment in which the students were in. Some videos were reviewed as performances and others were more personal (autobiographies). It was great seeing different compositions, colors, points of view, and types of cameras used.
I have become extremely comfortable in front of the camera through applying different emotions and facial expressions, trying to convey certain feelings of curiosity or confusion to the audience. I felt my work was very different from other students; however, I felt it was important for me to introduce myself through a digital video, allowing for others to get a sense of how I am on camera. I felt it was a quick and fun experience, jumping into a project that required no editing. It gets people comfortable in making a video without the “extras” first. It was a great idea to have no limitations, allowing for students to have the freedom to choose their composition and topic. However, it is sometimes more difficult to have no guided focus or goal. This experimentation allowed for me to learn a little about each artist.