Making A Connection

As a current undergraduate student in the Landscape Architecture program at the California Polytechnic State University in Pomona,  I am able to explore the endless opportunities of the creative design processes. Ever since I came into this program, I have been accumulating skills in  hand graphics, physical modeling, and digital software’s. Recently, I got a chance to explore film and video editing. The subject matter of the project was on the Los Angeles Aqueduct. This project was done by  two other students and myself. We faced many challenges during the filming and editing process and we  learned a lot in the end.

Some of our  ideas  and the style of the video process kept changing. As a group, we knew we wanted some components to be abstract but we were no completely sure about how we would build it altogether. It was difficult to continuously connect components back to the LA Aqueduct and to make sure that the audience would grasp important information about it and  to create an awareness on water consumption. In the end we came up with an invigorating video. The message of water consumption came across through a unique approach. At the end of it all I began to realize that film has the potential to deliver powerful stories and messages than other media sources. I am grateful I got the opportunity to explore video editing and create a piece that connects my passion for creativity. I would gladly  go through this process again and not necessarily for school purposes.

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One response to “Making A Connection

  1. Film is just not an entertainment platform. Film has had the ability to educate us for many a year. From its early inception in the 1880’s (yes we have had film for about 140 years), as a novelty item and a fad, much like the thought of electricity in that same era, film is an integral part of our culture. Film gives us the ability to capture not just the moment, unlike a photograph, but the entire spectrum of the moment. Let me explain, a photograph captures a specific moment in time, it freezes that moment to a stand still. There is no connection to any thing else. The context is not clearly defined. It leaves us guessing as to what we are looking at, hence why a picture is worth a thousand words. But film… Film on the other hand, despite being a collection of photographs played in sequence, tells us its story. We are not left to find those thousand descriptive words, much like a book, film shows us its context. How we interpret that is another matter. The point being is yes, film should be a part of our arsenal when it comes to our design classes and presentations. Unlike the static posters or powerpoint presentations that we will forever present as part of our careers future, we should utilize the power of film not only to educate our audience but to demonstrate what is possible in the landscape. Final thought, have you seen Ken Burns ‘National Parks: Americas Best Idea’?

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