it became apparent as i started filming that my original storyboard wasn't directly applicable to my now very tangible and chlorine-y environment. for one, my boyfriend was very unwilling to sink head-first into a 4' shallow pool, no matter how much encouragement i showered him with. i led a horse to water and he turned into a chicken. i gathered footage of underwater movement, which i used transitionally, in hopes to still convey descent. unrelatedly, i collected a ton of footage that i didn't use, like this:
in the editing process, i found out that i liked a different combinations of scenes than i intended. suddenly, the video wasn't about decent. my figure instead appears to be suspended in turquoise, and the camera eye is that of a curious fish. i kept the slurping audio, and added other voices that i recorded away from the y. i spliced bits of red in there, too, which i liked as a visual complement to the watery green. overall, i loved the way the water treated my subject. it looked dreamlike, floaty, and eerie.
besides that, i tried a few different things, after having reconciled that my video would turn out differently than i imagined. now that i could no longer feature a fixed perspective, i aimed to create a new one of alternating angles. i didn't throw out the idea of keeping my subject as center, and instead moved the camera around them. i disrupted the consistency of the video by adding red, and tried to provoke a feeling of dreaminess in the shuddering relapse of pool footage. i wanted my subject to make eye contact with the viewer in order to create an immediate, cinematic relationship between these two spaces, and then i wanted the viewer to feel dragged-long and ultimately expelled from the space with the abrupt transitions. i tried to make a linear progression on familiarity, like, the subject is the first thing the audience sees. they see him with clarity. and then he becomes removed from them, and the icing-type audio bit, "i didn't recognize you," is the defense-flavored farewell.
the other bits of audio in the video are as follows:
"can you hear me?" (that was actually asked by a kid in the pool, completely unbidden. he went underwater and i guess experimented without us knowing. i couldn't hear it in the playback. i found it when i amplified the sound in video-editing-place.)
"i was like, how did that happen?"
"i didn't recognize you."
(((TEN MINUTES LATER)))