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Wearable Art Collection
My name is Jesika Kula
I'm a storyteller through film, design, and more.
Wearable Art Collection
The Legacy of Bill Reid
This video was created by our team of three students -- Cassey Peng, Kateri Danay and myself in partnership with the Bill Reid Gallery and SFU for our documentary class. It is to be shown in January 2020 for the celebration of Bill Reid's 100-year anniversary.
While each team member played a key role in the production of this project, I contributed to the project by acting as Interview Contact, Cinematographer, Photo Archiver, Lead Editor, and Co-Director.
Narrative & Story
We started out the project by conducting a lot of research on Bill Reid and Gwaai Edenshaw. Gathering key information, our team wrote the interview questions as a unit. After interviewing Edenshaw, we also worked together to piece the bits of the interview into a cohesive documentary narrative, printing and cutting up the transcript of the video to be able to visually arrange the quotes in a compelling order.
There were multiple narratives we came up with, however, at this point, we had already filmed our interview (due to our artist only being available for a single day) and collected about half of our visual evidence, therefore, we needed to ensure our story was both compelling and cohesive with the footage. We ended up mixing our story arcs together, with mine making up about 65% of the final product.
The project was filmed on a Canon T5i camera in 1080p at 30fps. It was edited using Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe Audition.
Cinematography & Editing
I pride myself on getting a variety of shots, really trying to highlight the best of Reid's work. It was fun to shoot his jewelry as I really had to concentrate on making sure everything was crisp and in-focus, ensuring the detail shows through. I created a mini montage (picutred above) showcasing key beauty shots of Reid's jewelry.
I was the lead editor, tasked with piecing together the different sequences and constructing a cohesive flow of visual evidence. The final video (listed above) was the result of 5 different restructures -- editing each version to apply feedback given after each round of viewing.
I did all the editing -- from sequence to sound, however, Cassey took care of color correction on all the clips and made a couple of tweaks the final cut of the video. Kateri was incredibly helpful in finding all the information about Reid's pictures & artworks and creating the titles which were later applied to the final cut.
Time management was a huge takeaway from this project. Gwaii Edenshaw, our main interviewee had an extremely busy schedule, so we needed to be meticulous with our planning to ensure we got every shot we needed.
Organization skills. During the filming process, we lost one of our SD cards containing b-roll footage of Edenshaw's artwork. While we were very disappointed, we were able to restrategize, shift our midset and make the best of what footage we did have.
One of Gwaii Edenshaw's Hand-carved Golden Necklaces