For my final assignment this week, I wanted to get a bit creative. I chose to have a conversation with myself for 5 points. I brought some wigs from home, and I was aching to put them to use. Looking through the character dossiers, I saw Sarah Mustard. Where had I seen this name before? Oh, that’s right.
I have a massive crush on her.
I was also able to do a video this week because #bestbae was visiting. He’s a huge film nerd and helped me troubleshoot. Without him, I
probably definitely would have thrown my laptop out a window.
First, I wrote the script out. I wanted it to be funny, because noir is still a joke. Let’s be real. What’s a problem that Delia would go to a PI for? Missing food. More specifically- missing bananas. Oh the humanity. I just let my absurdity run amok here.
After that, I got dressed as Sarah Mustard. Neutral colors, practical cuts, dark hair, check check and check. Peter helped me shoot because I wasn’t about to have a video shot entirely in selfies. What is this, snapchat? We used my iPad because it had a decent camera and the ITCC was too far away to walk to. A whole quarter mile.
I changed into Delia and did that makeup. I had to change her hair a bit to make the character more distinguishable, but I think the short blond hair works too. It’s very femme fatale-y
We then uploaded all of these videos, and put them into iMovie. Editing was the biggest challenge here. The actual process isn’t very difficult- put clips in order for a rough cut, clip them, add music and sound effects, make everything look and sound good. I also put things in black and white. Peter showed me how to do b-roll, layer audio in videos, and generally make iMovie behave. He is credited as Best Bae. All of the audio came from iMovie (except my voice, of course).
This assignment was a pain. I don’t even know if I did it the way it was intended, but I like the film that resulted. It was a lot of work. Watching yourself act is pretty cringe-worthy. I’m glad I did it, though. I really like the end product, I think it looks good, sounds good, and has plenty of jokes.