A Day in the Life

Comedic Self-Shot Film
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A Day in the Life appears to be an abbreviated look into a day of Lee's college life but reveals in itself a lot of his personal thoughts that go through his mind. The entire film was self-shot by using his camera on a tripod in locales around the University of Southern California. The film conveys his excitement in the little things, attention to detail, importance of working hard, and preservation of who he is as a person.

Design

"I must be myself and no one else"

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Concept

I aimed to create a film about surveilling myself. I had been reading Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture, by Sturken and Cartwright, which spoke of Michel Foucault's Panopticon and surveillance. Imagining no one was watching me, how would I normally act, think, and decide? This was recorded in a non-candid way and edited into this film.

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Planning

A list was created detailing several tasks that would be done on any given day; a unique set of actions were selected to be filmed, providing a good range of activity within a "day" of the film. Voice-overs were written to explain my thoughts during different points of the day, whether it be an observation or how I view myself. First-person shots were planned to accompany these voice-over segments.

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Cinematography

The film was shot with a Canon T5 camera on a tripod. Closeup, medium, and wide shots were used to provide variety to the final edit. Wide shots were used in exterior locations to give a feeling of the surroundings while closeup shots were used to help focus on specific details. First-person shots provide the viewers a literal view from Lee and create a link between the camera and his thoughts.

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Video Editing

The film was edited with Adobe Premiere and recorded the voice-over using Adobe Audition. I edited Video clips together sequentially from morning to night. Small cuts were made to speed up the pace of many clips and enhance a comedic quality of the film. No music was added to avoid clashing with the idea of self-surveillance. Real-life is not filled with constant music, and I also don't listen to music.