Idea testing 2 – audience play role as psychologist


I played a role as a psychologist and studied emotions, personal space and psychological state of a human in this project. I hope that audiences can play a role as a psychologist as well, and understand the participant’s emotions and thoughts. Therefore apart from projecting the video to wall I also want to display the documents that the interviewees complete, from it, audience can study their unique handwriting and receive more information outside the video. Therefore, I decided to display documents on top of the table and place it under where the video projected. Audience are able to enjoy the video and the document at the same time.

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Soon enough, I discovered a major problem. If I want to project on the wall, the projector will need to keep a distance, which when the audience get close to the documents the shadow will reflect to the wall.

Image 13: Idea draft scan

I solve this problem by changing the location of the display object. If I place the projector on the table together with the documents and keep a distance with the wall, audiences are able to read the documents along with the video.

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Idea testing


With the concept plan as a foundation, more ideas had been expended. Firstly, I created collages to estimate the outlook of design.

Image 11: Collage 

The idea is to hang platforms  in front of the wall and project video on it. It is inspire by Jasper Johns, when the video projects on both blocks and wall,  layers will be created. The idea comes from ‘the personal space zones’; refer to that there are 2 main fact in the theory, ‘intimate space’ and ‘outer-space’. The projections project on platforms represent the ‘intimate space’ and the projections on the wall represents the ‘outer-space’.

As I begin with material testing, I used two different material, acrylic board and white card. The light goes through the acrylic board as its transparency is really high, yet a light shadow of acrylic board will still project on the wall. On the other hand, the white card performed a really clear image and solid shadow reflected on the wall. I prefer the solid result as the layers are clearly defined which seems to be a boundary protecting the ‘intimate space’ that not allowing anyone to enter.

Idea selection


After the video is done, I started to implement the ideas show in drafts.

Image 10: idea draft scan

My first idea is to project the video on the wall and play as it is. The second idea shows the documents and a radio on top of the table, the concept is to play radio instead of video which allows audience to focus on the document and interviewee’s voice. The third idea is a extension of idea 1, the concept is to stick the documents on the wall and project the video on it. The final idea is to project a video on a drawing that shows different brush strokes which represents different character.

I agree that idea 2 is a different method of showing ideas compare with other ideas. Displaying a video or a audio makes differences, the amount of information that audience received will not be equal. ‘Television provide an experience which is not possible with radio, it also structures one’s awareness of time, space, and sound in ways that are simply not possible in ordinary experience… In a straightforward way, television provides avenues of expression not available on radio.’ stated by Kaha, C. (2015) I believe when the audience listen to the radio it is all about the imagination of the time, space and the outline of the interviewee.  It is true that the radio can not show the facial expression but the video can. Therefore, I decided to abandon this idea as I hope the audience can focus on interviewee’s facial expression as well.

Compare the rest concepts, I decided to have a further development based on idea 1 and 4 as idea 3 is sort of losing focus when the video is overlapping with document, the audience will not able to see clearly what is written on documents.


Finishing 2nd cut video


After revealing problems in 1st cut video, I immediately search for solutions in Adobe official website. There is two main problem need to improve, light contrast and volume.

Image 8: working process screenshot

Firstly, I changed the light contrast by editing luminosity curves which allows me to tone the colour of clips and unify them as one. Then I edit the volume in Audio Track Mixer session, I set the volume in around 12 to 6 dB.

Image 9: working process screenshot

In this case, people can listen carefully they way they speak and received information such as emotions. However, in order to keep their original voice and show how was the environment was like during interview therefore I did not reduce background noise.