Process Blog for “We’ll Go No More a Roving,” by Lord Byron

For the film based on Lord Byron’s poem, “We’ll Go No More a Roving,” the poem seemed to have many similarities to that of a person suffering from a hangover after a night of revelry. The poem seemed to have a regretful tone, but in a way that someone might be trying to glaze over the more embarrassing details.

In shooting the film, I knew that I wanted to include some shots of alcohol to let the audience know that the character had been drinking the previous night. I chose to shoot images of beer because the carbonation gave it a dynamic aspect that lent itself to being in a movie, and I appreciated the color. Most of the shots I used played off of pouring the beverage and the foam that followed. I also added a shot of the character drinking the beverage as well as a short stop-motion clip of the level of the beer in the glass getting lower until it emptied.

Next, I needed to include an aspect of time in the film. To do this, I took some night shots of some buildings in the Charles Village area. I wanted the shots to seem like they were from the point of view of the character, so I walked slowly while I was taking the shots. Then, I needed shots of the hangover itself. I first took a shot of myself still in bed at 2:17 pm. I felt that this let the audience know that something was out of the ordinary for the character’s wake up. I followed this with extreme close-ups of myself going about a morning routine. This seemed to provide the themes of shame and regret that the poem called for. I ended the film with another shot of the clock at 2:17 in an attempt to provide a cyclical sort of feel to it, and also to maybe give the audience the notion that the character never got out of bed in the first place.

In the next edit of this film, I want to change a few things and include a little bit more. First of all, I want to add more shots of the characters evening of revelry. I felt that the first version featured a little too much repetition, and it makes it seem like the character had a pretty tame evening, which isn’t what I wanted. Also, I want to make the shots of the evening out more rapid, so the audience gets the feeling that they are flashbacks of vague memories. Lastly, for the end of the film, I am planning on changing the angle of the shot of the clock and the character in bed. I feel that this will make the film a little more interesting as it will add a bit more variety to the piece.

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