Overall I think Field module was an amazing opportunity to apply my contextual knowledge and theories from subject module and work collectively with students from other courses to find and design a solution for a given brief. I really enjoyed working collectively with others because we had the opportunity to share our knowlege while working on a brief as a team. Having to work in groups with people from other courses helped me to develop on my current skills as well as learning new ones and made me see things from other perspectives, such as from a sound producer or photographer’s perspectives. My first term of Field was more about exploring the moving image opportunities and navigating the urban environment while capturing different images of places and things in the area. Then, analyse them and create an abstract video of all of these images together. The fun part was that we were split into groups of 4 or 5 and each group were tasked with creating a 1 minute video of their urban encounters. Then, at the end of it all the groups come together merging each group’s videos into one big picturesque documentary film. The experience was great and it really opened my eyes, making me realise there is so much more to achieve and always try to push my boundries. Also, being able to work collectively is great as it can bring amazing achievements.
However, in the second term I’ve experienced something rather different and more independent. Information is Power being my second Field project was probably one of the best project I did the whole year. This project was about communicating with data visually. For this project we had the freedom to pick a subject of interest and take the data and visualise it. I took this as a good opportunity to build up on my activism and data visualisation skills. My idea was to collect data on the subject of sea waste and design an animation displaying all the facts surrounding the issue of plastic debris. Originally, I wanted to create a narrative infographic and illustrative outcome based on the collated data. Also I was thinking to create a series of posters showing the journey of plastic from the sea to our taps and foods but I wanted to take this opportunity to explore and develop my After Effects skills instead. In the end I decided to create a piece of activism design which focused on the plastic waste and how it not only affects our oceans but also affects us as well. The video portrays the narrative of how plastic circulates within our oceans and that there is only more plastic adding up each year and the old one that only begins to decompose after rougly 400 years it turns into small fiber plastics which then are consumed by fish. The idea of how it affects our oceans and then us.
In conclusion, this module taught me a lot of new things related to video and sound editing which I then I explored and expanded further within my second field project. Overall I think it was a great experience to be able to work in groups and learn from each other then being able to apply all that I learned in one individual project I think worked out pretty great. However, I did have a few challanges such as recording my own sounds and trying to figure out how to do certain things within After Effects.