Post-Industrial Media

Group Members:
Bronte Chen (s3527691)
Minming Guo (s3476170)
Danni Li (s3474942)
Xiaole Ma (s3467129)

Case Study:
#Selfie #NoFilter

This short experimental film by Patrick Kelly was shot on an iPhone 4s and edited with After Effects. It simply showed the process of creating a selfie on Instagram, but raised many questions on the nature of selfies. There were also elements of social media, mobile photography aesthetics, ego and co-presence present in the film.

An identified affordance of a mobile phone is interaction. Interaction occurs “when two or more people or things communicate with or react to each other” (Cambridge Dictionaries Online n.d.). In our chosen case study, #Selfie #NoFilter, a mobile phone is used to create a selfie to share on Instagram and/or other social media platforms. The act of sharing allows for interaction between people through the use of computers, tablets, mobile phones and social media.

PIM project 1 Sketch 3 Bridy -Cat

The key character  call Bridy, which is nearly 4 years old. she is very social and grumpy at time.

It is easy for me to shot something which happen around with me by using mobile phone. I’m happy to record my daily life.  Spending time with my cats, feeding them and staying with them, we have a strong bond with each other.

I used to feel that cats were really independent, they mind  their own business and ignore other people. I used to fear to interact with cats because I am afraid they will bite me or scratch me or not.  because it is my job to feeding them, they become more familiar with me. I can hug them pet them and play with them. This video shows the interaction with the cat.

when I touch the cat’s head, she push her head forwards me. this is very normal interaction between people and cats especially when the cat was happy or the cats fond of someone.

The issues that I encounter when filming the cat was that she was very active. therefore it took a while for her to settle down and capture her in frame.

<p><a href=”″>IMG 2390</a> from <a href=”″>GUO</a&gt; on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

PIM project 1 Sketch 2

Are human beings the only one that can take a  selfie? What about animals and using the same frame to make animal selfies? I have two lovely cats, one is very social and other one is a little bit dull. So I thought about shooting animals and using the same frame as that of people taking a selfie. I tried to shoot my cats but they were unwilling to collaborate with me.

So I shot the fishes in the tank, and was curious as to what they thought of this world. Do they know what’s going on when we get closer to them by using a camera? Do they like to take selfies? But for me, I feel that animals have a connection with its surroundings and that there is interaction between me and the fishes.

The fish was facing towards me when I shot this. I was very happy  to capture this as it was like they were asking me to take a selfie of it. Those interaction were between me and them.

It is really hard for me to avoid the ambient sound  when I shot it . Moreover, we can’t adjust the fishes’ movement trajectory because it was uncontrolled.

I felt that we were interacting with each other. The fish was smiling at me when I was recording it, it’s like we have a face to face communication. on the other hand, may be the fish was curious why I were so close to them.

fishes from GUO on Vimeo.

Using iMovie edited this video