This is really what happens when Ben is out of town and I’m left to my own devices.
My initial idea for the project was to create something artsy and moody (as most of my work turns into that), but I found myself put off by the pretentiousness of it all. I shot some preliminary videos and didn’t like how they turned out. But, because my boyfriend was out of town all week, I binged on junk food, knowing that he would not be around to save me from myself (ie. eat my snacks before i get to them.).
I had the idea to record something mundane, but to make it strange and silly. Because food is so often a theme in my work, I thought it would be interesting (or rather, obnoxious) to create a video of myself eating increasingly strange things. This video was intended, in part, to be a funny and vaguely passive aggressive thing to send to my boyfriend. It is my way of saying, “This is what happens when you leave town for a week!” It would also serve to explain why food in the fridge had teeth marks in them. I used some spooky sounds from freesound.org as the background music to add to the overall strangeness of the video. I also wanted to fully acknowledge how horrifying it is to hear chewing and see closeups of eating.
For editing, I chose to create lots of cut scenes with Medium shots to extreme closeups. I also took out some frames from each clip to create jump cuts and jerky movements. I am mostly happy with how it turned out. I wish that many of the closeup shots were in better focus though. I’ll know for next time.
Video Shot with a Canon EOS D70, sound recorded with a shotgun mic attachment, all ambient music from Freesound.org.