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.