KONENKI: An exploration into the lives of menopausal and post menopausal women. Allowing these women a platform to share their stories and wisdom.
This is a little clip of one of the videos I am currently working on, it has been recorded on my phone from the computer - hense the bad quality! The film features my friend's gran, Marge. We stayed at her's over night and filmed for many hours from about 9 in the morning. She was absolutely amazing, her honesty and openess was extremely touching. I have decided to make a seperate film of Marge as she is from a different generation to the other women I have been interviewing. The pace of the interview was much slower and the colours were much more muted (mostly due to the time of year it was filmed and the fact it was filmed using a different camera) I feel this reflects her stage of life as well as her personality. The other women were in their 50s and were either experiencing or about to experience the menopause. Each of these videos had an energy and vibrancy to them whereas with Marge, her words were much more contemplative and in some ways weren't so emotianally fired up. I feel this says a lot about the stages of life, the women in their 50s were in the midst of a complete change; change in lifestyle, pace, and biology so they are experiencing a big upheaval and that is very apparent in the way they communicate. Marge, on the other hand has been through it and come out the other end. In this last phase of her life, she is given a space to be able to reflect.
I am having some technical problems with the films - as it is my first time creating a film of this kind, I am pretty much stumbling blindly through it. I didn't realise that the footage had to be rendered throughout the editing process. This has caused the footage to be very juddery and now the rendering process is 16h. Also, some of the audio has corrupted (the audio shown at the beginning of this short clip) which means that unless I can locate it, I will be unable to use the footage which is a shame because it was a really important part.
I am also creating another film which is features the other women. I am having difficulty connecting the vidoes so that they flow and create a narrative. I have decided to put footage together of the women speaking on smilar topics. The first films I did were taken in the summer and I didn't think to record some outtakes of the surroundings etc so I only have continuous shots of the interviews. This has caused difficulty with editing them together as the transitions between shots don't flow very well.