So once the College of Santa Fe closed I went to school at the University of Colorado- Boulder. The campus setting and the educational philosophy of a massive university like CU versus the small and fiscally troubled CSF was vastly different, and this shift had to be shown in VATAS (Also, I was entering my third year of college and, by extension, the third year of VATAS). So let’s see how I did:
If the point was to signify a shift, then Episode 14. does it greatly. I never expected to stay long at CU Boulder, thinking instead that after a few semesters of introductory classes (which I had already taken at CSF but CU wouldn’t accept because CU only accepts credits from CU) I would transfer to another school. At the time that I made Episode 14. I had already started to notice all of the issues that would later cause me to move back to Santa Fe and finish out my schooling there: A campus that was too big with too many people, they were too focused on getting as many new students as they could and not keeping the students they had, class sizes were enormous and professors didn’t have a personal connection to their students, etc. This is all leading to the point that when I was at CU I felt like I had entered into some kind of Bizarro cult world where we were expected to Love CU for the very nature of being CU, even though it’s entire academic philosophy was flawed. And I feel like this feeling comes through well enough in the video: The overexposed lighting and the low saturation make this into a very white and blank episode, the fact that “THE UNIVERSITY” is always repeated with an echo and louder than everything else helps lend an air of brainwashing to the piece, and the piece is also kept very simplistically written. There are a few problems with this episode, though. Firstly: This is the first episode where the art direction is incredibly distracting and takes away from the idea that this place has stripped away all character and replaced it with UNIVERSITY. Second, and more importantly: YOU CANNOT HEAR THE EPISODE. During my stay at CU I had four roommates and one person was almost always home, and as we all know I was (and still am) terrified of someone walking in on me filming a VATAS episode where I’m biting the head off of a stuffed chicken, so I spoke quietly to make sure no one knew what I was doing. Still, YOU CANNOT HEAR THE EPISODE. As such, I find myself wishing that I had paid greater attention to sound recording throughout the filming of these, as it would have solved the sound issues here, in number 8, and in number 11 as well.
But, such is life. Especially at THE UNIVERSITY where you’re not allowed to take out good equipment unless you’re an upperclassman and even if you are the equipment has to be used for a school project and not a fun side project.