Over the past 15 weeks, I have gone through multiple ideas and my project has taken many different forms. For this project I wanted to explore something that I have taken notice of since the beginning of the year. There are major developments going on in every suburb surrounding where I live at the moment (Sutherland Shire), and it got me thinking about what stood before these mega development sites. Interested by this, it seemed obvious to explore The Royal National Park. It is a shame to me that this beautiful piece of land and coastline is overlooked by so many people, especially as it is so close to home.
A national park by definition is an area of countryside protected by the state for conservation purposes. I began to find it interesting that we have these areas that are not allowed to be touched, that must be protected. But once stepping out of the national park, it seems to be free reign to do as you wish with the land. Among discussion with a friend of mine, we through around some ideas and proposed that maybe national parks are a means of justification for big property developers, and the general public. It’s almost as if humans can do whatever the like to the land and not feel guilty, because we will always at least have the national parks that are untouched.
I began toying with the idea of creation and destruction, and discovered that these two definitions side by side speak to each other in a very powerful sense. This led me to the term Creating Destruction which ended up being the title of my work. I was able to portray this in my film through the juxtaposing images of nature and development. Whilst the development is creating something, it is destroying what stood previously, in turn, creating destruction.
I went through many different stages of how I was going to execute this idea. I knew I wanted to make a documentary style film, however I also wanted to include photography. Through research I came across cinemagraphs, a combination of photo and moving image, although the cinemagraph did not make it my final work.
The film was going to take form as a multi-channel video installation, portraying two screens. One showing nature, and the other showing development. I received some great advice from Matt which led me to rethink my choice of the multi-channel video, allowing my project to progress.
Matt’s advice led to me create a single-screen video work which I was much happier with the results. Jo provided me with some very insightful feedback that I will be able to incorporate in to my projects in the future, and it definitely played a big role in making this clip turn out the way it did.
Ideally I would’ve like to have been more organised throughout the semester. If I had my idea set in concrete early on I think I would been able to compile much more footage, and possibly some better shots. However, the project probably would not have been able to reach this stage without all the different iterations and experiments along the way.
Overall I am happy with how my film turned out, and enjoyed the experimentation and research along the way that got the project to its final stage, and I am so grateful for all the feedback and advice I received from Matt, Jo and my peers throughout the semester.