Otto Frohmader

Foundation Diploma in Art, Design & Media Practice - Canterbury

Theme

This is an immersive insight into what it’s like to be a deaf/hard of hearing person. I had this idea because my flatmate’s girlfriend was deaf and I found it really interesting to see the ways she adapted to it. She could lip read to the point that you felt like you were talking to a hearing person. I interviewed her, asking her about the topic and I got some really useful details. I thought this was important to improve the accuracy and reality of the film. The reason I chose a POV (point of view) as my main camera angle, was because it felt like the most personal way to do it. Especially, when the camera points towards the face underneath the hat, as it allows you to observe every single facial expression that he makes. In fact, in the interview, she told me that as a deaf person you pick up on ‘micro expressions’ which the average person cannot. Finally, as you can hear, the percussion runs alongside creating tension. But also, in some areas it replaces what you would have heard in the original footage. So, for example the sound of the bicycle rolling past in the middle of the piece is replaced with the clang of these small cymbals in front of you.

 

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Otto Frohmader | Pre-degree & Foundation Studies
This is how I achieved the POV (point of view) shots that faced towards me.
Otto Frohmader | Pre-degree & Foundation Studies 4
The standard POV shots. The whole film is shot on a series 10 GoPro.
Otto Frohmader | Pre-degree & Foundation Studies 3
Recording the underlying heartbeat. In the edit I filtered out the high frequencies and reversed the audio, giving it the sort of sucking heartbeat sound.
Otto Frohmader | Pre-degree & Foundation Studies 2
This was also during the recording phase. I used a Senheiser shotgun mic for all of the sound.
Otto Frohmader | Pre-degree & Foundation Studies 1
Recording the relaxing ending chimes in the Thomas Beany Art Gallery