24 (Twenty-Four) Frames (Frames)

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My name is Minh and the first project I’d like to present you is the 24 Frames project. The project consists of 24 frames. 24 unaltered frames.

So much went wrong in this project, but there were still some moments of redemption.

Spoiler (Brief) Analyzation

With the lack of frames able for use. I repeated a frames 5 times. In this project a repeated frame counts as 1 photo. The repeated frames added meat to the project (the staring contest) while I was able to use the remaining frames to add to other comedic moments. These comedic moments are important because the energy level of watching a slide show can get very low quickly. Even within the repeated frames during the staring contest, I use 4 step joke structure. I would usually do 3, but I didn’t feel like the pattern was established enough. The other option is to extend the length of the frame but then all the frames will take a hit from that and become boring. The repeated frames build an expectation, then on the last group of repeated frames going back and forth, I quickly introduce a lazy eye. Even if they didn’t catch the subtle moment, it stimulates their energy level.

Then there’s the section of the intensified staring contest where the boss is seemingly struggling the most. Also, I wanted to be the one to initiate strange faces because it plays on the expectation that bosses are more reserved and professional. During this scene it’s still a back and forth. After a while people get bored of it. In total we’ve had like 6 repeated back and forth frames before we get to the last frame of the staring contest scene. So instead of another back and forth, the scene ends in almost the same frame. The employee is positioned the same and quickly blinks, then the boss flips out and quickly. The speed of the frames almost makes it look like a regular scene because the audience can easily fill the in-between of the frames.

There’s also the end where the frame of the employee’s lifeless body plays for a while. Originally, I wanted to make this project have 3 versions. A short version for class, an movie cut (1 hour long), Avengers cut (2 hours long), and a Bollywood cut (3 hours long). Then after much debate, I really wanted the version of the class to be at least 5 minutes long. Really, the death frame would be 5 minutes long. I also intended to turn this into a PowerPoint to control the pacing. The viewing environment is really unique because everyone is forced to watch whatever you put up there in the dark. So, I wanted them to observe this Asian man’s lifeless body for an hour in silence. But finding it inconsiderate and potentially impractical I chose for a shortened death scene (like 1 minute and 30 – just slightly over the time of the story). The goal was to get everyone laugh then to contemplate death. The extended scene would start out funny for the first 10-20 seconds, then it would get a little uncomfortably funny, then get increasingly uncomfortable, and hopefully in the end they would have a few seconds to be comfortable and think about death if they wanted to.



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