Assessment Task 1B: Film/Sequence

Phenomenology refers to an experience that uses all five senses. Typically, photographs and films do not feature phenomenology due to the difficulty in framing a specific emotion in such a way that it can be understood and virtually felt (1996 Pallasmaa). Even so, Gaspar Noé’s Enter the Void is able to convey a virtual experience of the main characters life by using POV (point of view) shots.The technique of POV (point of view) shot refers to a composer framing a shot from a specific perspective. Noé achieves this by blacking out the screen frequently in the bathroom scene to replicate a blinking pattern, as displayed in Figure One. The psychedelic experience conveyed in Figure Two features bright lights and camera angles that twist and turn to create a sense of dizziness. Consequently, Noé inspired me to create a short film that featured techniques used throughout Enter the Void. My short film (Figure Three) features carefully edited segments, all with different speeds. By doing this, the fast segments convey that they are of less importance since little attention is paid on the details. Alternatively, the slower parts displayed in Figure Four are more important since the viewer is able to clearly view the frames and their details. In addition an elevated camera angle swiftly moves around the space to demonstrate where I was looking during this time. Overall, I used point of view shots within my film to portray a vital part of my day, which is usually overlooked due to my own distractions and the desire to keep moving.

Figure One: Extracts from ‘Enter the Void’ (2009).
Figure Two: Bright Extracts from ‘Enter the Void’ (2009).
Figure Three: My Film (Banga M. 2016)
Figure Four: Extracts From My Film (Banga M. 2016).
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