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Narrative Video Experiment – I Built a Bed

I finally put together the videos for the “I Built a Bed” and formed a semi final video for a Narrative experiment.
Even though I am not confident with making videos I quite enjoying this. It may be a little rough at times and the frames don’t quite flow together, but for a first attempt I am happy with the turn out.

I decided not to involve music at this current stage because 1: I was un-sure what type of music to put over the top. 2: We live in a world where we are constantly surrounded by noise. My head is full of noise, it won’t ever shut up (hence the bags under my eyes). The lack of noise gives the video a sense of stillness in a otherwise busy and somewhat stressful scenario. This is the kind of atmosphere that I wanted to create. (at the time I had my music blaring so it is a different contrast) There are a 2 scenes where there is sound. The 1st I am talking to the camera about a mistake I did, putting the side panels on the wrong sides and 2nd when my fiancee comes home. These 2 small scene break that sense of stillness just enough.

The reason why I decided to film me building the bed is because it is a mundane scenario, a little out of the everyday standard (I would hate to do that everyday, but it would build up your muscles though) and these are aspects of our day to day life that often get over looked, simply because they are everyday things we do. I enjoy the things in life that we take for granted or overlook, I personally find them very interesting. However, I strongly believe that everything we do, each individual has an interesting life. It just depends on how you look at it.

For this project I am really liking the concept of mundane and my life. This is a mundane aspect of my life that I decided to do. (Also I couldn’t wait for John to come and build our bed and the last one he made broke). It is also taking me out of my comfort zone. Although I like doing self-portraiture, I tend to hide my identity from the camera and those around me. I am introvert. I like my peace and quite as well as my boundaries and bubble. This is a slice of my life. Showing people a little bit of me. For example when John comes home, I never act like that with anyone other than him, and no one really see’s that side of me but him.

The video was made in iMovie and is a little over 5minutes. Each scene is sped up x20. Maybe I should have this playing in the background https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZeGW5sBfvo
I sped it up not only because I thought it looked better in this speed rather than x8, but also to shorten the video, with before hand was almost going on 10 minutes. I have a short attention span, if I wouldn’t sit through and watch it I am sure others wouldn’t.

Surprise I Made a Bed!

This video links in with https://blackthornphotography.wordpress.com/2014/02/05/experiment-i-built-a-bed/

I decided after all my hard work to surprise my fiancee and record him seeing the bed all put up. It was fun recording this and seeing his reaction. I will be posting the video of me actually building the bed later on once I have edited it and uploaded it to youtube.

It is strange hearing your own voice on video and I really don’t like listening to myself. The reason I have decided to use this as part of my experimentation is to do with my possible theme of “Life” or better yet “My Life”. I love surprising John and I strangely enjoy the mundane aspects of life (apart from washing up as I hate putting my hands in water other than shower or bath) Everyone’s life is interesting in different ways, even the every day aspects. Although a lot of us follow the same day to day rituals to a certain extent, but we all do them in different ways.

Although building a bed is a little out of the day to day, it is sill something mundane. I guess that is what I want to show. My life, even the mundane. From building a bed, interactions with friends and family, working, sleeping to putting make-up on.

Also, would this classify as a performance piece?

Experiment – I Built a Bed

For the past 4 months, myself and my fiancee bed has been broken. So we have been sleeping on a mattress, which is very uncomfortable. Anyway, today we received our replacement and as a surprise for my fiancee I decided to record me doing it. 1 because I thought it would be funny seeing someone who is 4ft 11 building a bed where the only thing small than themselves are the bed slates, and secondly, my Narrative project is based around life. This is an aspect of my life.

Recording it was a little bit tedious. It was a mixture of running out of memory card space (need to invest in a few more memory cards and the the battery died), and trying to record on my iPod which has barely any memory on it. Im not sure what I will do with the videos, I would like to put them together and speed them up. Almost like a speed painting. One thing I will say is that I wish I had rented out a tripod to get a better angle and perhaps better lighting, however that would give it more of a staged impression.

I will be posting the videos later on, but in the mean time, here are some of the photos I took on my phone.


We had to take our bed apart before they delivered the new one, otherwise we wouldn’t get our new bed.


The new bed parts all nicely packaged up. Couldn’t wait to get started on building it …


The main frame of the bed is completed.


Having a bit of an OCD moment with making sure the slates are all perfect and straight … I swear they are still wonky though.


The final thing accompanied by fresh bed sheets and creepy teddies peering over the top of the rails.


However … I made a wee bit of a mess …


And a bit more over here …


And a lot more over here. I had to rearrange the whole of the room to get this bed build.