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WED 1 | 03 | 2017



Independent research week - Visit to Aylesbury estate


 Visiting Aylesbury and observing the borders which have recently been put up, struck emotions of fear and hopelessness, as  especially being one person, I felt that there was nothing I could verbally say or physically do to stop this process or at least slow it down.


Recognising the impact of regeneration on the city of London, I strongly feel that it is important that I raise awareness and understand as to what the council is getting away with right under our noses. East London, being one of the areas that has been most affected by the process of Gentrification, I aim to visit sites and estates such as Newham estate and Trellick Tower to name a few.

Firstly, starting my journey through London with one of Europe's largest council estates, Aylesbury Estate. As I used to live in Aylesbury, I felt this would add a very personal feel to the work I generate, also helping me connect with the resident who still live on the estate as I have plans to conduct interviews as a means of gathering more information.

I planned to visit the many buildings across the span of the estate which I now only live 15 minutes away from. Taking my camera along with me, I gathered some footage of the many council blocks which I will later include as my b-roll footage for my documentary.

I made sure to capture a few still shots as well as long videos where I slowly span across the width of the block from a distance away, as well as up close.  This is especially important as I plan to create several short videos, each where I portray a different story through the estate, showing different perspectives. For example up close making the building look very intimidating, dull and dangerous.


Another where I portray the estate as a ghost town right in the middle of South London, where a community which once existed has been destroyed and sold off for profit. Another way I found I could create these effects was through post-production and sing the element of colour grading as an aspect of cinematography.

In contrast, I wished to challenge myself and produce a short film where I transform the run down and lifeless area into a 1920s themed video, featuring upbeat and lively music with a monochrome black and white filter. This will make it easier to hide the fact that even in colour the scene is just as lifeless. A fourth video plan consists of warm and comforting colours to bring the concrete buildings to life, through colour grading and lively modern music. A sight that would highlight the power of juxtaposition and the ability to bring back to life the community which was once there but since has been dismembered.

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