Indigenous Fashion Week

This past weekend was Indigenous Fashion Week.  While Nyla was busy with meetings, I got the chance to step in and film with our GoPro Hero 360.  Even luckier for me, the point of the installation was to be weird and experimental.  We had less than 24 hours to turn this around.  We knew it was never going to be perfect and clean, which is both comforting and a little intimidating. 

Curtis Oland had a brilliant mind and an affinity for the strange.  We plotted and styled an idea which involved puppetry and masking in post to make his dressed mannequins dance and twitch.  I knew the basic rules of filming in 360 from Nyla, but human nature insists I try it myself.  What happens if something is too close?  (It’s stitch lines.  Stitch lines is what happens).  What happens if we swirl some fabric all around the camera, basically covering most of it?  (Black holes).  When it came to post and masking out Curtis who is manually tugging on strings to make his mannequin dance, nothing I could have done at 2 a.m. the night before would have made it perfect.  However, we pushed into it and made it glitchy; made it look on purpose.  The fabric shot that had two large gaping holes in the footage was our image makers’ favourite part.  I was too embarrassed to show it at first. 

I’m thrilled that my first opportunity to try filming was in such a safe environment.  Filming is quite high-stakes at times.  It would be hard to forgive a day’s work being lost or unusable.  So with the idea that everything was an experiment technically there was no wrong answer (bonus).  I’m thrilled to not only be able to have the experience (normally I’d let the pros handle it).  But I’m also becoming comfortable with the other steps – the offloading, the stitch, the edit.  In the end, we actually delivered something that was wacky and kind of cool, and the process has given me confidence to do more.