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Tilting Bowl

A documentary video for Everyday Design Studio

A documentary for promoting the awareness of the unselfconscious interactive artifact "Tilting Bowl" 

ROLE

Story-boarding, writing, filming, directing, lighting, editing.

TOOLS

Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition, Nikon DSLRs, monopod, slider, lavalier, on-camera mic.

Team

Venus Wan  Tommy Ma  Ocean Zou

My three teammates and I produced this documentary for "The Bowl" from Everyday Design Studio in Simon Fraser University,  as a final project for a film course. The most time-consuming processes of this project were filming enough footage and figuring out the suitable pieces for a well-designed documentary narrative. We aimed to combine the interviews and the detailed footage for establishing a better presentation for the bowl itself, but also to have a delightful tone for demonstrating the entire design process for engaging the audience.

Pre-production Meeting and Preparation for Filming

First, we visit our clients Ron Wakkary, the head of everyday design studio to get project information. By his introduction, we know about the concept of everyday design, the relationship between bowl and their design idea, and their expectation on our film. Basically, we figured out the entire tone of the video and the challenges: how to convey the relatively abstract design idea by a 5 minutes video.

We meet Ron first time

We meet Ron first time

Overall style and the tone of the video

Overall style and the tone of the video

 
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   The storyboard of our original narrative

footage FIlming and resource collection

We tried filmed the interview by several kinds of styles: different background which is related to the person's characteristic, different light angles and even different kinds of mic to collect better quality sound. A lots of troubles we met during shooting and recording resources, but fortunately we learnt how to solve them properly.

Filming the interview with Phd student Audrey

Filming the interview with Phd student Audrey

Interview with Ron

Interview with Ron

Fixing the sensor to capture the tilting moment.

Fixing the sensor to capture the tilting moment.

Filming at Emily Carr University

Filming at Emily Carr University

Post production

It is the hardest part of the entire project production, we have to pick up the high quality footage from nearly 150GB video clips. Moreover, we need figure out how to make the entire design process easy to understand. Matching the voiceover with the suitable content is also a big challenge for us. After several feedbacks and refinements finally we made it.

The typography we used for matching the tone.

The typography we used for matching the tone.

Editing with Premiere, After effects and Auditon.

Editing with Premiere, After effects and Auditon.

View more videos produced during my direct study with Ron Wakkary who established the Everyday Design Studio, a design research studio that explores interaction design: