Nature, Nature, and More Nature

The first video I watched was a sequence of short video shots of nature combined into a two-minute video. The sequences range from underwater scenes featuring living organisms such as jellyfish to air shots featuring birds. There are also sequences of the just scenery, without any animals in them. During the clip there is a man narrating the song “What a Wonderful World” while music plays in the background. It is very well put together and enjoyable to watch.

This video demonstrates the term asynchronous sound. This term means that the sound that is played in the video is not originating from the source of the video images itself. This is apparent in the man narrating the song in the background while music plays. Obviously, the nature scenes did not originally have a random person narrating this song in all of them; it was added in.

This next clip is a very short video of water dripping off of leaves of an unknown plant and falling off the original plant and landing on another. There is music playing as the video follows the path of these water drops.

The video demonstrates the term focus. Focus is how clear and detailed an image is and depends on what kind of lens is used. The clip demonstrates this term very well, the focus of the water drops is very precise while the water drops travel down the leaves. Towards the very end of the clip the focus starts to lessen and the image gets fuzzy. The end of the clip is completely unfocused as it fades into the sunlight.

This last video is a clip from the show Survivorman on Discovery Channel. The show is about a man who goes out into the wild for specific periods of time and survives with minimal supplies. The specific clip here shows him eating raw fish and then making a shelter out of the natural supplies in the environment.

The video demonstrates the terms close-up and medium-long shot. A close-up shot is one in which the camera is very close to the source, commonly someone’s face. A medium-long shot is one that shows an object or person’s full body along with a great deal of the area around the subject. The clip demonstrates these when he is building his shelter. The camera shots switch between super close up to his face while he’s talking about how he’s tired from not eating a lot, to medium long shots that show him putting his shelter together and displays the scenery around him, including the clouds in the sky and the green hills behind him.



3 responses to “Nature, Nature, and More Nature

  1. Amanda,

    I liked how you exemplified the terms “asynchronous sound, close-up and medium-long shot.” I found interesting that you chose the first video to exemplify “asynchronous sound” because I was I thinking about choosing that term and try to explain it but I had a hard time so I gave up and chose another one. About the third video that you posted, I used to watch that show and I could have never thought that we would be applying film terms to TV shows like these. Also, I would like to mention that it was very original that you explained the film terms on your own words.


  2. Amanda,
    Great movie clips! I have to agree with Luis, you found really good clips that exemplified terms that I found to be a bit more difficult to find clips in which the terms were definable. Were these just random searches in YouTube, or are they from documentaries/films?

  3. Thanks! Sara, I found these using just a YouTube search for “nature clips.”

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