F&M Videodance Ex. 5

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Comment by Danielle on April 13, 2009 at 11:41am
With the title "Limited Reflections" I was expecting for the piece to incorporate the mirror more somehow. Perhaps trying to dance in front of the mirror more only being able to see part of herself? The music also speaks a lot for it is hard not to listen to the words which gave a somber atmosphere, going with the title. Perhaps the shots could be closer to the body or have more shots with the mirror in the piece to show some sort of connection and intimacy with the dancer.
Comment by Patrick on April 13, 2009 at 11:37am
The title here keeps you somewhat restricted, but it didn't have to. You went from "Reflections" to "Limited Reflections", and the only reason I saw the need for this is that you didn't to dive into the complicated realm of camera reflections, I know it's tough stuff, but you could have tried to get some close up static shots of shadows and mirror reflections.
Comment by Tori Lawrence on April 12, 2009 at 11:39pm
The song somewhat caught me off guard--i was led into this softly lit, carpeted, black/white room where I find a pair of feet clothed in ballet shoes, sitting beside a long, narrow mirror. I was expecting a softer, less intense/powerful song. The choreography is light, balletic, and innocent and becomes overshadowed by Sia's strong vocals. I begin to question--what is the relationship between Breathe Me and Krichman's movement and essence? The relationship was unclear because there seemed to be a lack of support between the visuals and sound. I believe you could have experimented more with how you can "hear" Krichman's movement. The song calls for more dynamic and explosive movement, I believe--or maybe the exact opposite? Not sure, but when I watch this video muted, I kind of long for a certain kind of sound to emerge out of her body. I know that she choreographed to this song, but perhaps another song or quality of sound could develop her message clearer.
Comment by Ashley on April 12, 2009 at 10:56pm
I can see how the limited reflection idea lives in the use of the small space, little mirror, and tall dancer, but I think the idea gets a little lost (I have to sort of justify it in my head) and I feel that there are much more interesting ways to explore "limited reflection". I was interested in how the camera could work with the dancer and the mirror somehow to get at this idea? Having the mirror at the beginning and end sort of reminds me about reflections, but I wonder then how the middle could cling to that idea. I appreciated how you varied the camera angles, but I wonder if this could have been utilized in a way that more directly emphasizes this limited reflection idea.

I thought the beginning silence was a bit long, and this really made the music jump at me when it began. I felt like I wasn't ready for such a huge leap. I'm not sure how I feel about the actual song as well. The music itself felt a little wallpaperish for this video, as if it was layered on because it is simply the original music. I think when you adapt a dance for a video dance, the work ultimately changes, and the music might have to change with it. I think this may be one of those instances?
Comment by Dahlia on April 12, 2009 at 9:27pm
I think you could have incorporated the mirror or the shadows more to convey the idea of limited reflections. I agree with hang that the opening in silence seems long and it also seems sudden when the music starts. I wondered why she looks at the mirror at the end when she doesn't seem to be concerned with it throughout the entire dance. I also want to know why she has to dance in this particular space and how she feels about it. Is she trapped and confined by the space? I appreciated the lighting, shadows, and simplicity of the space but this could have been explored further to explain the role of the mirror and the dancer.
Comment by Heather on April 10, 2009 at 11:51am
Little space, little mirror, BIG DANCE, tall dancer, clear/strong/lyrical song. I longed for you to play more with shots where the camera was looking at the mirror and you could see Jenn in the background and then more mirror in the background while Jenn was moving. I was also missing a sense of containment that I feel you could of encouraged Jenn to take the movement into the wall and get shots of her pushing away from the space. I felt that the music supported this trapped feeling that I saw portrayed especially in Jenn's mini run around the room and I wanted that run to be more intense as well as more close ups of her against the edges of the space and pushing the movements along the periphery.
I'm not sure if I understand the warm up sequence in the beginning of the film or the final glance in the mirror in context with the rest of the piece. I think more mirror shots could help my disconnect for me as a viewer.
The music is tough. It's a very lyrical song and it works very well with her movement. I wanted a smoother introduction to the music and I don't know if there is anyway to have an instrumental opening into the music the builds very quietly throughout the stretching. Or maybe since we know that is the song for Jenn's dance, maybe you could look at the footage and find a different song that works for you with her movement and the video. hmm... I'll think some more on this...
Comment by hang pham on April 8, 2009 at 11:42pm
I've been listening to your soundtrack over and over again. It fits so well with the mood and atmosphere of the dance. The song is like a whisper of a soul filled with inner emotion while the dance transforms the soul's restlessness into movements. However the silent opening and ending seem to be a bit long, you may either cut it short or keep the soundtrack at a low level. I also love the lighting and set up. This video would be perfect if you concentrate more on the role of the mirror and its connection with the dancer (reflecting herselff, reminding her of the confinement and restriction, etc). Still, I did enjoy watching (and listening to) your video Kiki!

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