I learned a lot about filmmaking doing the Short Circuit project, which I did not know much about prior to starting it. At first, my storyboard conveyed a step by step process of how to take out my contacts. However, once we discussed in class about how to confuse videos to make them more interesting, I felt that my storyboard was too boring and predictable.
When I cut up the storyboard, I noticed that the shot of the glasses could work at both the beginning and the end–so why not try both? Once I did that, I realized I could lengthen the video and confuse it by conveying the process of putting in contacts, have it not work out, and then take out my contacts. A lot of times, my contacts bunch up and everything gets blurry–this became the inspiration for my fast cuts in the middle.
Something to consider when filming is to always take extra shots, even film interesting things that aren’t in your storyboard–you never know what might come in handy! Also, playing with the speed of certain shots can really make a difference. For example, I took a shot of my red, punctured eye. Originally, this was not in my storyboard. Then I slowed it down to 10%, and the slow shot really enhanced the pain.