The last component of my final project – the exhibition event is now in the past. Below is video of my final reflection and images of the visitors feedback.
The video which is going to play inside the chest of the sculpture is now ready. The idea behind including a video was born after considering the safety options of having an open fire (candle) during an actual event. Thanks to the video the process of melting – which represent the process of creating – is captured and processed to show fragments to the visitors. It is short and it is going to be put on loop during the showcase.
‘The creation of a single world comes from a huge number of fragments and chaos.’
– Hayao Miyazaki
The opportunity of being involved in something important and impactful is a rare event into one’s life but when it happens it is a must to be recognised and act upon respectively. East Winds Film Festival will mark such moment in my subjective experience and I feel honoured for being a part of its organization. The whole preparation and execution is rich in emotional nuances, successes and fails, a crash between expectations and reality, an amalgam of nerves and excitement and a lot of field work and learning during the process. This mix was generously flavoured with time sensitiveness and setting realistic goals, being reasonable and resourceful. At the end of the day, it is true to be said that in order to experience something beautiful one should overcome few disappointments.
‘Fear is always triggered by creativity, because creativity asks you to enter into realms of uncertain outcome. This is nothing to be ashamed of. It is, however, something to be dealt with.’
That’s it! We are counting the hours left until the start of the festival and the feeling is amazing! A few months ago everything began with modest strategy plan which had changed, and transformed, sampled in different shapes and forms to become film festival’s decoration contributing to the overall atmosphere of the event. Looking back at my participation from the beginning it become more and more personalised and personal, because I was involved with something related not only to my skills and competences but also close to my subjectivity and way of expression. With every project I am realising the impact which craftsmanship may have, designing those little details which are not seen as essential but can compliment the event in beautiful manner.
‘Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will.’
So the East Winds Film Festival is in less than 10 days now… Excitement. Nerves. Excitement.
No more planning, strategies, trials, models, etc. It is time for The creation. Time, effort, attention to the details, persistence, patience, time management – you name it and you can probably find it in the videos below. When crafting comes with distribution it changes the process of creation, it takes more and it becomes meaningful.
The last few days felt like learning to swim in a sea where each wave brings either more tension or more passion and it was up to me to synchronise my body and mind if I wanted to achieve the best results. My eyes were tired and my fingers hurt but there is no such instant gratification when one sees how the effort takes bunch of raw materials to give birth to something beautiful, when one can feel what it is like to be a creator.
Excitement. Nerves. Excitement…
‘The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today.’
To some travelling to home for the spring leave might sound like many days off but I am of those kind of people who keep themselves busy even on holidays (actually time for relaxation is being scheduled as every other task). Paris gave me different perspective to think and also time and distance to develop plan for my visiting back home which happened to be quite gratifying and the small achievements were more than expected. The advantage which place like home comes with is security, in my case – the freedom to try, to experiment and eventually find the weak spots, therefore find a solution and improve them.
‘I wonder how many people I’ve looked at all my life and never seen.’
Paris. How can possibly international media experience in France contribute to my creative engagement with the film festival? – I was keep wondering during the trip. Big, multifaceted, colorful city of variety and tastes, luring one’s senses, rendering imagination into funny smell in the air. My models and maquettes and creative map, my materials and tools, all are left in Coventry, even my laptop is not with me – I kept struggling. But then the way the sun is shining in Paris, its music and its painters, the wind in women’s hairs and the smoke of that man’s tobacco pipe… one can inhale its aura almost tangible as a poet’s soul.
‘Ideas have a short shelf life. You must act on them before the expiration date.’
Last week before our international media experience and then study leave; time starts to run faster and what seems like distant oasis in the beginning of this semester now is approaching bringing nervousness and excitement in the same time. After creating the sample models last week what I needed next was blueprint of the place; so I spent an afternoon around Square one and The hub taking pictures, filming short clips, counting trees, pillars, windows, etc. and creating my creative map of the place. This A3 piece of paper did a great job first helping me to visualize the ideas I have and secondly to explain myself properly. As I previously mentioned – head and hand are supposed to work together, and when the strategy plan was not able anymore to fit our needs as a written document it was transformed and adjust to serve accordingly.
‘Give full attention and devotion to each act.’
Thinking of how I approached and undertaken my tasks in the previous week I understood that my work is being compromised… mainly by myself. I become tired of participating in things I look at the result and think: ‘It can be done way better!’ What I would like is to be satisfied with the quality of the work I can provide in achieving my tasks. Clear example is my involvement in the short video we filmed for the magazine show – the one representing famous film scene intentionally looking like cheap production. However, the dissatisfaction was transform in productive impulse to design decor models. My self-assignment for this week also included ideas and experiments with the public award statuette.
‘There is no supervision at all, and the army just stews in its own juice.’
It would not be a lie to say that the fastest road to teach someone a lesson how to effectively self-manage and collaborate with others is actually to leave them learn it by themselves. Our tutors’ absence during the week following self-development week was challenge for me, my team and probably for everyone else. The coordination and communication were total madness in pure form and probably this was the most intensive time so far when most teams’ members started to realise it is up to everyone to do their job, to be responsible and reliable. To use the machine metaphor again – one or two wheels cannot drive it all, every single part should be involved in the process so the mechanism will run.