Tonight I did a lot more filming than stills. I used a Nikon D7000 DSLR which I shared with Frank and we took it in turns to film while Aaron did the same on his camera while Pete recorded a variety of sounds from different areas of the centre which we will, tomorrow, edit with the footage.
These are the clips that Frank and I collected today, I think these are the ones that are useable for the edit, along with Aaron’s footage. I thought that some scenes from around the bearpit looked vaguely similar to Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives in the way that the bright lights stand out from the darks and shadows.
Sise group feedback – unfortunately we only had the stills I took to show our buddy group as we weren’t able to obtain the edited rough cut. Although we didn’t have much to show, what we did have, we got some valuable feedback on.
Tutors and the buddy group liked the ‘eerie’ look of my photos and suggested we carry on with a creepy theme, they also commented on the lack of people which we have decided is a good idea to stick with.
We had a meeting after and decided to use the sound of people e.g. walking, talking and traffic but not actually show anyone.
They also liked the abstract way we’d captured the bear pit and noted that we’ve taken a new grasp on it, this will reflect on our next shoot – it will be kept in mind to stay with the vibrant yet dark theme.
These photographs are the result from our first shoot today. We want to explore the transition between day and night while documenting the bear pit so we decided to start on the dark side of the spectrum and go for a night time shoot.
I was pleased that it was a rainy day because I found the theme of reflections flowed nicely as the puddles reflect the colours that are present in the Subways and centre of the bear pit. I found that because it was dark, I was drawn a lot to the colours around me (shown below).
I also found that I was drawn to certain structures being illuminated from different perspectives (shown above). The staircase image I am keen on because I like the way that the stairs look like they’re emerging from the darkness.
During our first meeting as a group, we showed each other our personal projects which happened to have recurring themes – urban, night time and landscapes, so after discussions amongst ourselves and with tutors, we decided to bring these aspects together. The base for our production will be made up of these three elements. We were originally going to chose Stapleton Road as our location, but we instead went with the Bearpit because it is easier and faster for everyone to get to and is also safer to be walking around at night with expensive filming and sound recording equipment.
“The Bearpit has become a kind of no man’s land between the commercial shopping districts of Broadmead and Cabot Circus, and the now-resurgent cultural areas of Stokes Croft and St. Pauls.” – http://bearpitimprovementgroup.co.uk/story-so-far/
I think that documenting the bear pit through the angles of sound, still and moving image will be really interesting as it is currently undergoing a big transformation as the Bearpit Improvement Group strive to turn the area into a showcase for local artists and to improve the general atmosphere for the people who use it.