Hey Everyone! For this week's reflective response, I will be talking about a video I really enjoyed called "Hawaii-Thru My Eyes". This video was created by Sawyer Hartman. Some of you might know him from YouTube, but if you don't, he is a filmmaker. You can check out all of his films by clicking here to be directed to his online portfolio. Anyways, this is from his "Thru My Eyes" series. This series is full of videos of clips of different places from around the world, captured 'through his eyes'. The one I will be talking about today was actually filmed right here on Kauai, Hawaii! You should watch the video below first, and then continue reading!
I hoped you liked the video! The reason why I liked this video is because of it's great cinematography. As you could probably tell from watching the video, there were a lot of aerial shots taken with the DJI Phantom 3 Pro, which is a drone. Having a drone was probably very useful in getting shots of the ocean or the mountains because it allows for a different perspective than your normal static shot. It also give you the opportunity to shoot different kinds of shots that you'd normally couldn't get. An example of that is the shot of the man swimming with the turtle. Sure, maybe it would have been possible to bring an underwater housing, but I think the aerial shot worked best in that situation. Also, having the drone meant more camera movement, and that makes the video more interesting to watch, like in the shot where the camera was moving out of the cave. Overall, I think my favorite shots would have to be of the fire dancers, especially the ones in the beginning. I love how you could only see the bokeh in the dark at first, but then it slowly rack focused into the lighting of it. The lighting of this scene really added drama to it. Being that it was fire moving rapidly, also made it really nice for the bokeh. The last thing I'd like to talk about was the music. I did like how each shot were timed to the beat of the music, especially the first initial ones of the lighting of the fire. The music filled the video with a soft, calm atmosphere, and the mood stayed consistent throughout. However, after a while I got kind of bored of it since it was really repetitive for the whole 6 minutes throughout. That is something to be aware of when adding music to your videos. Nevertheless, I still enjoyed the video very much. I think that living here is something I far too often take for granted. This video opened up my eyes and made me realize how beautiful and breathtaking this island really is. I hope you liked the video also! Well, that will be it for this week's reflective response! Thanks for reading! Bye!
Hi! I'm Alaysia Navor, a third year student in the CKTV Media Productions class. I'll be publishing 2 blogs each week, posted to the left. You can also check out the tabs, "Inside Scoop" and "Projects" for some of my other work.
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