Most of us would normally associate movement with life, and we might therefore presume that the people moving are the ones that are living an active life. The cinemagraph that I’ve chosen subverts this common ideology.
The cinemagraph shows a man reading his newspaper on a bench while the rest of the world around him remains still. While the man himself is apparent movement, the movement around him is implied, through the raised legs of the people around him and them being in a blur. Using the common ideology that movement represents life, this suggests that this man is living his life more so than those around him that seem to be on the move. Attention is drawn to the man who takes a step back from the bustling city life, but is ironically the one still moving. This focus is drawn to the man through his apparent movement and through the rule of thirds, which places him at the bottom-right intersection.
This graphic inspires me to use movement as a tool in which my group can showcase life that happens around us. This is especially useful in a cinemagraph as the contrast of movement cause the subject to stand out.
The addiction to handphones causes interaction between friends and family to be secondary and even at time minimal or non-existent.
I particularly like the idea of the video following the main character for a day in her life and in different situations and settings. This narrative unity makes video simple and relatable to the viewers, allowing us to see how handphone addiction affects our daily lives, in different settings and in various aspects.
Another feature of the video was how the main character was used as an observer and we are able to see events unfold through her participation in various activities. We are able to form our own judgements through seeing how the main character reacts in the different situation and how others react towards her.
Staging and eye line is one key aspect to show the extent of handphone addiction. The lack of attention given to the main character is shown through the lack of eye contact with her and through the eye line of the other people that shows them looking at their phones instead of at each other. This is also portrayed through the body positioning of the actors, which suggests social distance.