SMST518 Week One: Shots that display your compositional skills plus ways of connecting these shots which do not involve hard cuts.
I wanted to experiment with non-traditional dissolves as well as using linking movements to create unity between the two shots. I chose series of shots which had something in common, either movement or shapes (or both) and then played around with the different dissolves until I had an interesting effect as well as a transition.
For the first shot, I used a luminance map, the second a dither dissolve (with a border thickness of 1px and border colour black) and the third is a channel map (with source b blue to destination alpha) and a non-additive dissolve. I also faded the audio during each transition. Some of the changes into the dissolves are almost like hard cuts but there was no way to insert a standard fade to have a smoother transition between them.
It would have been more interesting to have more variety in the shots (they’re all static camera) but I used stock video (which I shot myself) that I had sitting on my hard drive, because I wanted to challenge myself to find similarities between shots which might not actually have a lot in common.