Comm Lab: The Aperture
Before many of us came to ITP, we were doing exciting things. Yet there was something more we wanted -- something to perhaps make us feel more... human. As we brainstormed potential narratives, this one resonated with us because it's a metaphor for what we are trying to do here. Technology might have a reputation as a sterile medium. But ITP is about putting the humanity back into it.
There was a moment during production when I wondered why we were doing this. My kitchen was in shambles. Small jars of paint were scattered on the countertop; bacon grease was slathered on the stove. It all seemed a bit much for five-minute film, which we were doing for an intro course. During these reflective moments, it all seemed moot. But as we worked on the film, it all seemed magical. This juxtaposition creates a confusing reality.
But Iâ€™ve had a lot of these moments at ITP: I find myself doing ridiculous things that donâ€™t seem practical â€” like building a boat or creating a jungle scene in an auditorium. Chances are, I wonâ€™t ever need these skills again.
So Iâ€™ve continuously ask myself: â€œWhy am I doing this?â€
The answer is always: the people.
While we came out with a beautiful film, it was the process that I remember most. I became great friends with my group members, and I learned a great deal from them. While we had our low moments â€” 1) I, admittedly, had my hand too deep in the cookie jar at times. 2) Six people might be too many for this project but, if I did this again, I wouldnâ€™t have it any other way. 3) We werenâ€™t always the most efficient group, but thatâ€™s OKâ€¦ we had lots of fun â€” I feel incredibly lucky to have worked with everyone in my group. We may never make another film again, and we may never use any of these skills again. But thatâ€™s OK. Because, from my experience thus far, this isnâ€™t a trade school. Itâ€™s a school that teaches us how to bring delight to ourselves and others.
Anyway, hereâ€™s our film: