To film the walking footage I decided to use my iphone because I did not feel comfortable using one of PCA’s cameras for this kind of filming. The reason for this was because the camera would be pointing downwards toward the feet whilst moving and I was worried that there might be the possibility of the camera getting damaged. I could have hired a GoPro camera – which I understand is specifically used for active filming but decided that I didn’t have enough time to get inducted in using this equipment.
I initially tried to film myself wearing similar plimsolls but after watching it back several times, I felt it did not give the impression of a child walking. I wanted to film a child’s footsteps as opposed to an adults so it would relate to school.
As I also wanted to use footage of an apple in a tree, I decided that I would experiment with adding an apple or apple core to the walking film. I initially started filming and then threw an apple core to the ground and kicked it as I walked. This did not create a steady visual and the footsteps became disjointed in rhythm.
I then decided to place an apple on the pavement in my pathway. The apple would only be visible for a second or so when walked passed. I felt this would give a subtle glimpse of the apple to the viewer and would not be too overpowering.
Several days later, I decided to ask my daughter is she would help me this this set of filming. After numerous takes and re-positioning of iphone camera (sometimes her feet weren’t visible or she had her finger over the camera), we managed to get some usable footage. I was also happy with the sound of the footsteps as well as the background sound of the birds as it felt more natural and less constructed.
After some online research I realized that I would not be able to film an actual ripe apple tree because it was the wrong time of year. I tried to look online to see whether I could find some stock footage but unfortunately there was a charge to get the footage/remove watermark and I would probably have to credit the film-maker in my work.
I decided to be a bit inventive and hired a Canon 600D from PCA’s ERC. After researching online, I found out the shape of the apple tree leaf so that I could find something similar in the park. However, when I got to the park I could not find a tree which would be suitable. On returning to my house, I noticed an overgrown plant/shrub of some sort in my garden with similar leaves to an apple tree. I had bought an apple with a stem still attached and carefully taped it to a branch of my garden plant. It worked surprisingly well so I filmed about a minute of footage with the apple having a similar composition to the plimsolls and Newton’s Cradle footage.
After I had filmed the apple, I loosened the tape a little and began filming again. This time the apple detached itself and dropped to the floor. I was extremely pleased with this effect and felt it related to education (i.e. physics) as well as the many cliches which one may remember on witnessing this (i.e. an apple never falls far from the tree, one bad apple spoils the barrel etc). There is also a sense of freedom or breaking free which I also felt worked well with my ideas of school and perhaps feeling that time is dragging and you’ll never leave.
I had decided I wished to create a film piece for my CURA300 studio practice and had already established that I wished to use the plimsolls and Newton’s Cradle in my work.
For me, the plimsolls had reminded me of my school days and as mentioned in previous posts, religion had played a part in how my experience affected me in a negative way. I thought about another visual I could use to create a further semiotic meaning to the viewer which may hint toward the idea of religion.
As I already had two visuals which were somewhat pendulum based in composition – I thought about using an apple hanging from a tree which could be comparable to the metal spheres of the Newton’s Cradle. The apple can have many symbolic meanings including:
Religion i.e. Garden of Eden > Eve > Temptation > Original Sin > Tree of Knowledge
Education i.e. the act of giving your teacher an apple – thought to have perhaps originated in early America when families would give apples to frontier teachers as part of their responsibility for looking after the teachers who taught their children – (Children’s Museum, 2013)
Physics – Gravity i.e. the story of how Sir Isaac Newton discovered the law of gravitation on witnessing a falling apple (Tiner, p28) – (this also links into my use of the Newton’s Cradle)
There are possibly many other meanings the apple can have, but I am happy for the audience to interpret the addition of an apple depending on how they personally perceive it.
Tiner, J. (2006). Exploring the world of physics. 1st ed. Green Forest, AR: Master Books.