Exercise 5: An objective POV
Objective: To record the same scenario as the previous exercise but from an objective point of view.
I started with a series of sketches for my storyboard as described below:
(Despite appearances, it is the same person in all of the shots. I’m still struggling with the drawing.)
High angle shot making the sleeping man vulnerable. Perhaps zoom in on the eyes as he wakes.
Eye level to high angle shot for a normal feel, man wakes and nurses his head.
Eye level again, man looks around the room and his eye is caught by the bottle on the table.
Low angel shot, I want to emphasise the glass and the bottle and make them dominate the frame as they do his life.
Low angle again, man unscrews cap and starts to pour a drink, looming over the table.
Close up of bell push and the sound of a door chime.
Low angle, man is distracted briefly……..
I’ve had two attempts at producing the required sequence and I’ve stuck to the story board fairly well. I acted the role myself as I wanted to get it done quickly during daylight and there was no-one else available. My first attempt was pretty grim but the second one was better once I had reorganised the set. (I needed more depth for the low camera position behind the table) I realised early on that the frames where the drink is being poured could only include the lower half of my torso and my hands. This is because I needed to use a low table for the final frames so that I could allow the bottle to assume a dominant position in the frame from a low angle.
While editing, I discovered how to separate the sound and video tracks. This was particularly useful as I wanted to split the two pairs of chimes across the two frames.
As I wasn’t able to show my character’s face reacting to the first set of chimes, I dropped the bottle cap instead during the second set. My finished sequence is embedded below.To my fellow students, please let me have your comments before I add my own reflections on the piece.
Alcoholic Objective POV from Richard Down on Vimeo.