I am not sure if people see my evidence and analysis because it’s very different from writing…but enjoy!

1. Text one screen: “ ‘Kino-Pravda’ Film Essay by Cindy Leung ”.

2. Medium shot of a tree, zoom out and shoot Frame and Five Arcs.

3. Text on screen: “Frame and Five Arcs created by Jacob Grossberg in 1978”.

4. Text in last frame overlapped on the long shot of the art piece, text disappears and zoom in to the art piece.

5. Trees around the art piece and the library in the background, zoom in to the art piece and move to left hand side.

6. Art piece in the center of the frame and zoom out.

7. A picture of where it is placed. (using edge detection)

8. Text on screen: “This is where it is…”.

9. Text “Frame and Five Arcs was purchased for the new Library from the State of New York‘s Percent-for-Art Program” overlaps the picture of the library (1).

10. Text “Frame and Five Arcs was purchased for the new Library from the State of New York‘s Percent-for-Art Program” overlaps the picture of the library (2).

11. Text “Frame and Five Arcs was purchased for the new Library from the State of New York‘s Percent-for-Art Program” overlaps the picture of the library (3).

12. Text “I grew up in the city: was comfortable in and with cities, and…” overlaps on the drawing of a yellow taxi.

13. Text “ ‘…my move to the country left me disoriented and diffusely apprehensive ’ – Jacob Grossberg ” overlaps the picture of country side.

14. Text “Cindy: This art piece is the only art piece in the parking lot and it also has integrated with the library and even with our school…” overlaps the picture of the plates of the art piece.

15. Text “Cindy: This art piece is the only art piece in the parking lot and it also has integrated with the library and even with our school…” overlaps the picture of the pipe of the art piece.

16. Text “ ‘Frame and Five Arcs was one of the first of a suite of pieces in which landscape, curve, cloud and mountain began to intrude in my work’ – Jacob Grossberg” overlaps the picture of the handout from Jacob Grossberg.

17. Text “ ‘Frame and Five Arcs was one of the first of a suite of pieces in which landscape, curve, cloud and mountain began to intrude in my work’ – Jacob Grossberg” overlaps the picture of the art piece with the library in the back.

18. Text “ ‘Frame and Five Arcs was one of the first of a suite of pieces in which landscape, curve, cloud and mountain began to intrude in my work’ – Jacob Grossberg” overlaps the picture of the art piece with trees in the front and the library in the back.

19. Text “Landscape and mountain…” overlaps the picture (1) of the plates.

20. Text “Landscape and mountain…” overlaps the picture (2) of the plates.

21. Text “Landscape and mountain…” overlaps the picture (3) of the plates.

22. Text “ Curve and cloud…” overlaps the picture (1) of the pipes.

23. Text “ Curve and cloud…” overlaps the picture (2) of the pipes.

24. Text “ Curve and cloud…” overlaps the picture (3) of the pipes.

25. Text “ Curve and cloud…” overlaps the picture (4) of the pipes.

26. A picture of how the art piece captures the sun and how the art piece is integrated with the nature.

27. Text on screen: “My observation…”

28. Observational documentary.

29. Text on screen: “How do people feel about it?”

30. Community interview film.

31. Text “How about you? How do you feel about it?” overlaps the picture of the art piece with the Science Building in the back.

32. Text “How about you? How do you feel about it?” overlaps the picture of a woman passing by the art piece.

33. Text “How about you? How do you feel about it?” overlaps the picture of a man passing by the art piece.

34. Text “How about you? How do you feel about it?” overlaps the picture of a woman passing by the art piece.

35. A picture of a woman looking at the art piece.

36. Text on screen: “The End”.

 
 
 

 

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10 Responses to “My Film Essay”

  1.   IJ Says:

    I really like some of the still photos you took of the artwork. The music really fits. It gives the film a nice peaceful feeling.

  2.   jennylu Says:

    I love your video. I agree with Ikey that the music and photos you used in your film really helped to enhance it. Your film also seemed pretty professional to me and you did an amazing job combining previous films you’ve made into this one. Good job! Yayyyy. Haha.

  3.   maya1 Says:

    i really like the music cindy. it gave a soothing feel through your video and the flow was really good. the info and the pics all worked well and were interesting

  4.   bpana0813 Says:

    I love, love, loved your video! I agree with Jenny that the film look professional. It shows that you put a lot of thought behind this. This video definitely persuaded me! =]

  5.   Sinyee Cindy Leung Says:

    Sinyee Cindy Leung
    December 5, 2010
    ENG 110
    Program notes: “Kino-Pravda” Film Essay
    “Kino-Pravda” Film Essay (2010) is a documentary-like video, which is about the art piece, Frame and Five Arcs, created by Jacob Grossberg in 1978. It is directed by Sinyee Cindy Leung and it lasts for eight minutes and forty-eight seconds. Queens College is where the shooting takes place. In the video, you would see a couple of things: the history and the ideas of the art piece, how the art piece indicates those ideas, how people feel about it and how it is integrated with both the artificial and the natural elements of where it is placed.
    The phase “Kino-Pravda” was invented by Dizga Vertov in the 1920s. Vertov was a Russian filmmaker and indulged in not depending on the “human eyes” to make films since he thought “cinema eyes” was more perfect than “human eyes”. “Kino” means “cinema” in Russian while “pravda” means “truth” in Russian. Vertov also thought that with “cinema eyes”, filmmakers would be able to perfect the subject of the film and to show the truthfulness of the subject. Most of the people in Queens College usually do not notice Frame and Five Arcs because some of them passing it every single day and as time goes by, they become numb about the existence of the art piece and think its existence is reasonable and not special; or because some of them don’t have cars, so that they do not need to go to the parking lot and as a result, Frame and Five Arcs is unnoticeable for them. With photos that emphasize on specific parts of the art piece and something people would not have noticed about the art piece, “Kino-Pravda” Film Essay shows Frame and Five Arcs to the audiences in a careful way rather than just taking a peek of it. Moreover, the audiences would start considering its existence as a special one to the parking lot, to the library and even to the people in Queens College. Since this video shows things that people would not have noticed, I think this idea would fit what Verto said about the “cinema eyes” and also fit the ability of “cinema eyes” to show truthfulness since using photos taken in different angles and interviewing people who are in the college really can indicate how “true” its existence is for everyone.
    Frame and Five Arcs was created in 1978 by Jacob Grossberg. It is made with black metal. It is placed on the walkway by the library on Queens College. It was a gift from the New York state government for celebrating the construction of the library. In the video, it is obvious that Leung has used some quotations from Grossberg’s note to indicate the art piece’s ideas: “Frame and Five Arcs was one of the first of a suite of pieces in which landscape, curve, cloud and mountain began to intrude in my work.” and how Grossberg got this inspiration: “I grew up in the city: was comfortable in and with cities, and my move to the country left me disoriented and diffusely apprehensive.” More than quoting key sentences from the note, Leung has also interpreted those quotations more by showing how the art piece fit’s the ideas and Grossberg’s inspiration.
    Sinyee Cindy Leung is a Chinese, who came to New York from Hong Kong in 2009. She indulges in watching films and has started making short videos in 2010. Her pervious videos are Peer Interview, Observational Documentary and Community Interview Film. I am sure people watched “Kino-Pravda” Film Essay have also already watched the Observational Documentary and Community Interview Film; because Leung combined those two and another new short video into “Kino-Pravda” Film Essay. The effect of combining these works is powerful and clear- audiences are persuaded easily and they are made thinking about the value of the art piece. Plus, they will also start thinking about the “unnoticeable” things around them and even think those things’ existences are actually precious and special in some ways. The reason why Leung has made this video is explicit. She attempts to show “unnoticeable” things around her or in daily life and then makes people be aware of these things with using Vertov’s idea. In my opinion, “everything is not as same as it seems” is one of the messages that Leung wants to convey with her video; everything in our daily lives could be unique and different, not because how special they look but because they exist in the world and mean something to some people.
    In those eight minutes and forty-eight seconds, I was really satisfied to both the content and the background music- “Sleep Away” by Bob Arci. How nice it is that the music perfectly fit’s the impression of the art piece and it does not make the whole video sound noisy or heavy since there are shots are mute to give audiences a break. Besides, with showing the pictures of urban and rural areas, “Kino-Pravda” Film Essay is able to show how conflict and disoriented one would be if he or she moves from the urban area to the rural area. The other merits that “Kino-Pravda” Film Essay has are the appropriate arrangement of the information, Leung’s previous works and the questions in the film. Leung has combined the information and her previous works perfectly that the video flows fluently. By posting questions at the end of the video, audiences at least have some time to think about the video and its idea to show “unnoticeable” things around them in their daily lives. It is more than following the plot blindly or being manipulated how you think by the director. Though it is too explicit to show the questions on screen, it saves time and keep the simplicity of the video. It is no doubt that Leung could have done in an implicit way, but then the audiences might not be aware of those questions and would just follow the plot and forget about what the video is about in a short time. On the other hand, since Leung is a fledgling filmmaker, she seems to have difficulty to handle the camera well. There are barely still shots in the video; this affects the aesthetic sense of this video. The zooming sometime is too fast that makes audiences feel dizzy and uncomfortable.
    Overall, “Kino-Pravda” Film Essay is a film that I would highly recommend people to watch due to the director’s special ideas, the way she interprets the art piece and the odd appearance of art piece. Plus, maybe we could learn something from the video and after watching it, maybe we could see things around us in a new way. It is also a good chance to see how different Chinese people would make films than Americans would.

  6.   jennylu Says:

    Jenny Lu
    December 7, 2010
    ENG 110
    Program notes: Kino-Pravda Film Essay on Frame and Five Arcs by Jacob Grossberg

    Beautifully constructed, visually motivating and emotionally provoking, Sinyee Cindy Leung has yet done it again. Her documentary film essay on the sculpture Frame and Five Arcs created by Jacob Grossberg in 1978 on Queens College is among one of the most astonishing Kino- Pravda films made in her generation. Leung’s simplicity, professionalism and polished nature in producing her Kino-Pravda Film Essay has certainty made it one of many Kino- Pravda films to be reckoned with.

    Kino-Pravda or “film truth” is a term derived from Russian director and cinema theorist Dziga Vertov in the 1920’s. Vertov was a strong advocate against the use of editing tricks and manipulation of cinematography because he felt that it hindered the truth and the overall potential of what the camera can truly capture on film. He was an innovative director and wrote a number of works that encouraged directors to abandon the traditional ways of film making and simply allow the camera to roll. He feels that the need for “cinematography” isn’t necessary because through the camera, the spectator is able to enter the world of the characters in the film without the need for special effects and continuous editing. In Sinyee Cindy Leung’s Kino-Pravda Film essay on Frame and Five Arcs by Jacob Grossberg she comes extremely close to satisfying Vertov’s criteria for a Kino-Pravda through her simple takes, minimal tampering with the film and the way she directs the camera that allows her piece to come to life on screen.

    This assignment was given to Leung by Professor Kevin L. Ferguson who challenged his English 110 Film class students to create film pieces based on the hypothetical idea that a work of art was going to be torn down in the QC community due to state budget cuts. In addition to this, these works of art were going to be replaced by either vending machines or a moped parking lot. These simple idealistic proposals lead Leung to not only connect, however, eventually develop a special relationship and passion between herself and her sculpture of study as if they were on the verge of being destroyed.

    Sinyee Cindy Leung is a young Chinese woman who recently came to the United States to engage in studying. She became particularly interested in the study as well as production of film making. She is notable for directing Peer Interview as well as Observational Documentary and Community Interview on Frame and Five Arcs by Jacob Grossberg. In Leung’s first production she experiments and starts to develop her style of film making. When it came to Leung’s second production, Observational Documentary, we see her grow as a film maker in a short period of time. In this film she positions herself in ways where she creates new angles for the sculpture that are impossible to see and are constantly being overlooked by people who pass by it on a day to day basis. Leung magnifies these angles through her shots, provoking as well as calling for attention from the audience. This once lonely and ignored work of art is now given the awareness it deserves through Leung’s films. Leung’s Community Interview film is also fairly simple and wonderfully crafted. Her films are made in an unbiased nature and direct a calm approach in hopes to gain support for saving her sculpture. Leung’s simple film making style is also the cause for the success of her films.

    In Leung’s Kino- Pravda Film Essay on Frame and Five Arcs she encompasses all of her research and passion towards saving this work of art as if the tragedy of removing the sculptures were truly to happen. Through her film we experience Leung’s relationship with the sculpture as she honors it and respects it through detailed shot by shot analysis of the sculpture in her carefully documented Observational Documentary as well as her carefully conducted Community Interview she incorporated. Leung provides both visual and audio aid to her viewers to help support her argument in saving her art piece. She does this by incorporating clips, pictures, quotes as well as historical documents to allow viewers to see as well as experience the sensation of being in the presence of this sculpture and the significance of having it reside on the QC campus.

    Leung illuminates Frame and Five Arcs through its environment. She shoots all her footage directly outdoors where the sculpture is located. The sculpture is distanced yet surrounded by trees and the company of nature. It is also the only sculpture in the parking lot. In addition, Leung also incorporates Bob Arci’s beautifully composed music titled “Sleep Away” which enhances the overall product of her film. The sound of the piano and cymbals provoke lightness and tranquility as well as a hint of excitement and mystery in perceiving the sculpture. The shade and transition of her video from shot to shot are also artistically innovating just as appealing. The autumn shades in the beginning of her film also amplify the colors of Frame and Five Arcs, which include shades of red-orange, orange and a hint of light brown.

    This video consists of a total of eight minutes and forty-eight seconds. In this time period, Leung covers a whole lot regarding her feelings as well as what the public perceives of the sculptures. She makes historical reference and associates the sculpture to the Queens College community through her gathered research, and interviews. Her film also provokes the public’s thoughts and feelings towards the art piece.

    Aside from all this, Sinyee Cindy Leung has also done a phenomenal job living up to Dziga Vertov’s practice of Kino-Pravda. Most all of her shots in the film were kept in its original form, and the camera was able to directly flow from one image to another. There is a minimal use of editing tricks and manipulation of cinematography that would have consumed Leung’s work in entirety if she had gone over the top, however, she didn’t. Leung’s simplicity, professionalism and polished nature in producing her Kino-Pravda Film Essay have certainty made it one of many Kino- Pravda films to be reckoned with.

  7.   IJ Says:

    Ikey Juster
    December 6, 2010
    ENG 110

    Cindy Leung’s Kino Pravda Film Essay is the result of a semester long assignment from her English 110 class. The assignment was to choose and research any artwork from the Queens College campus and eventually make a documentary that synthesizes all her research and makes an argument about the significance of the work of art. Leung accomplishes this by incorporating background information on the artwork and artist, footage of her own observation, and interviews of members of the Queens College Community.

    The film’s title uses a term coined by the great film director and theorist Dziga Vertov. Kino Pravda (literally translated “film truth”) is one of Vertov’s many theories that the camera eye is more perfect then the human eye. What he means by this is that with the use of a camera and cinema techniques, one can see things differently and closer to the truth than by mere human observation. What Leung does in her film is show us an artwork that may seem ordinary to the human eye and, with the use of a camera and editing, shows us the same artwork in a whole new light.

    The artwork Leung focuses on is Frame and Five Arcs created by Jacob Grossberg. Created in 1978, the piece was purchased for the new Queens College library from the State of New York’s Percent-for-Art Program and is located between the library and the nearby parking lot. Most of the footage shows the area as deserted which gives the impression that the artwork is unappreciated. In fact, the opening shot is of the artwork barely visible behind a tree as if just another tree. Leung is obviously trying to make the viewer question if the artwork is necessary.

    The film begins with shots of the artwork from various angles. These shots serve as an introduction and establish the location of the piece with regard to its surroundings. Leung also uses still photographs of the piece which add to the feeling of desolation as if time stands still in that area. The melancholy music, Sleep Away by Bob Arci, adds to that feeling of loneliness. All of these elements give the viewer a sense of sympathy toward the artwork mixed with feelings of curiosity as to why this beautiful piece of art was placed in such a deserted area.

    In one particular scene Leung gives us a background of the artist while showing us what went through his mind while creating his work. First she shows us a quote by the artist saying “I grew up in the city . . . and my move to the country left me diffusely apprehensive” followed by another quote saying “Frame and Five Arcs was one of the first . . . pieces in which landscape, curve, cloud and mountain began to intrude my work”. These quotes are followed by close-ups of specific sections of the artwork that she feels reflect his descriptions of the intrusion he is referring to. By identifying the thought process of the artist, it is apparent that Leung dedicated a large amount of time and effort on this project and that she has a special affinity for the artwork. She is trying (and succeeding) to translate her feelings toward the art and the artist to the viewer.

    Leung incorporates footage from her two previous films Observational Documentary and Community Interview. The footage from Observational Documentary is stunning. We get close-ups of every part of the artwork and interesting angles showing us the more hidden parts that most people wouldn’t see just by looking at it. This footage really brings the piece to life. Vertov would have been proud. The Community Interview footage was incorporated in order to show how the artwork functions in the Queens College community. Most of the interviewees are indifferent toward the piece which further shows how underappreciated it is. Maybe this film could change their mind.

    In her Kino Pravda Film Essay, Cindy Leung’s goal is to give the art on the Queens College campus the respect it deserves. By showing the “truth” of one specific work of art, she causes a realization that there are so many unappreciated artworks on the campus. Next time a viewer of this film passes by one of these artworks he will definitely consider giving it another look.

  8.   Kevin Prunty Says:

    Ikey i really liked the way that you described Cindy’s film and the way you interpretated the technique she used in her filming. With the way that she filmed it from far away behind a tree. Describing the term kino-pravda was defintiely a good idea so you can tell people what they are watching. You also end it with a conclusion that you have made that Cindy shows the truth of her artowrk and makes it known that art is unappreciated and i think that this is a important to show that you have learned something from the film.

  9.   Sinyee Cindy Leung Says:

    I love how Jenny said about the orange color and how the color was related to the art piece. And I love what Ikey said about the “loneliness” and “sympathy”! They both expressed my ideas completely!

  10.   regiesh Says:

    Jenny,

    You truly made Sinyee sound like a professional film maker and not just a student. On top of sounding like an established artist, you convince the reader that her persona is interesting. You explain the kino pravda while still leaving the reader with a lingering feeling to see the film. You don’t really give away anything in the video which in your case seems to be a good technique. If I had never seen Sinyee’s film I would definitely want to after reading your program note.

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