My Lumiere experience was a lot different than I thought it would be. First of all, I thought it would be a simple and easy process. I thought I could just simply film an act, or a quick scene, and that was the basis of a Lumiere film. But after creating my Lumiere film I found that it was much harder than I previously assumed. There are many aspects to Lumiere filmmaking: considering various angles, making sure the film does not seemed staged, and putting a point across sans editing and sound. The second aspect, making sure the film did not seem staged, was the hardest aspect for me. Originally, my partner and I were going to film the little girl she babysits, but since we did not want to worry about getting the mother’s permission we chose to do a bathroom scene with a girl brushing her teeth. The scene was very authentic, since she had just woken up and was following her normal routine. Everything went well while filming, but I did not realize until later how staged our film seemed, in particular the beginning.
I realized our film seemed staged after showing it to the class. Some of my colleagues pointed out that the begininning of the film felt the most staged, simply because the girl in my film started soon after the film began. Perhaps if we had to do something differently we would start the film in a different way, maybe in the middle of her brushing her teeth, a moment that my colleagues felt was the most authentic. Even though I was nervous to show my film in class, I am glad to have received the critism that I did. Critisim allows me to see my work from a different perspective, and it will only strengthen my work. Overall, I am happy with the Lumiere project. My film was a good first film, but my films will definitely be a lot stronger in the future, and that is mainly because of the constructive criticism I received.
To move away from my own film, I thought there were many fantastic Lumiere films among the class. Child Street Performer, in particular, was a perfect example of a Lumiere film. I felt that it was the strongest because it was the most authentic and natural. The movements of the small girl were real, and not staged. This was apparent because it would be difficult to capture the same actions if the girl was told she was being filmed. I also liked the angle of the film and the deep field of depth, as well as the sunshine and warmth. It was a very happy and joyful film, and I felt that it captured the true essence of happiness and being carefree, mainly because of the energetic, dancing child.
One film that was not as much of a Lumiere as Child Street Performer was the one that took place in the Mudbox. Although I liked how people were working and studying in pairs, I felt that the film lacked a story. There was nothing that happened, other than students studying, and I would have liked to see more of a story. I mean, it was displaying real life so it was a Lumiere film, but why was that particular room being filmed? and why at that particular time? A story needs to be created to answer those questions. I liked the setting of the film and the involvement of students, but perhaps a storyline should be established in order to create a slightly more complex and interesting Lumiere film.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the Lumiere film project. Even though I do not believe my Lumiere film was that strong, I believe that with the knowledge I have of Lumieres now, along with the criticism I received, I could create a much stronger film in the future. And perhaps I will. There are endless events and things to film in the world, and Lumiere films are the best way to capture the true essence and beauty of the world without distorting and editing it.