Transcript - Nicholas Budiseto
Duration 5.41 min
NICHOLAS BUDISETIO: Hi. I'm Nicholas Budisetio, and I went to St. Ives High. And I did HCR. In year 11, we had an art camp for three days. And on that art camp, we explored a bunch of different forms of art like sculpture, drawing, printmaking. And that really helped me to gain an idea of composition, and color, and what I would want my artwork to look like.
So I kind of used that as a base, a foundation for building my own art. And that led me to delve further into photography as I did have an interest in photography before. But I kind of explored the medium a bit further on Art Camp. I had many opportunities to kind of go around, take photos of a bunch of beautiful scenes, a bunch of beautiful people, all that stuff. Eventually, I gained the idea of a narrative. Most of the photos I took kind of had a story behind them. Yeah. I thought photography was just really excellent for creating narratives.
In year 12, I kind of started the year with my mind set on me doing photography, and I had a pretty closed mind about it. I was like, yep. Photography-- that's definitely what I'm doing. But as I went through, I kind of struggled to formulate an idea that I was really happy with. And the main reason was because I wasn't able to explore a deep enough narrative that I was satisfied with. So I decided to delve into film, and that gave me a lot more flexibility for the much wider scope that it provided me for portraying a narrative. It kind of gave me visual continuity and just a lot more information than a series of pictures.
SUBJECT 1: Time-- it's not something we can see or hear. We can't touch it and can't taste it or smell it, either. But we know it's there. We can feel it constantly passing us by.
NICHOLAS BUDISETIO: Throughout year 12, I actually had quite a few ideas, but I didn't really like them. So there were many times when I started over, started with a new idea, or got some storyboarding in. But then I'd scrap the idea because I didn't like it. Yeah, that probably happened at least three or four times throughout the year. I thought that the concept of time really stood out to me, so I decided to do some research on the actual philosophy of time.
With a VADP, I started off with storyboarding initially. I printed out some images that I really liked, that I enjoyed the composition of, or the colors, or the shot type, stuff like that in my diary. And kind of analyze the image. Sometimes, I'd try to replicate that. And sometimes it would result in an interesting shot. Sometimes, it wouldn't. But it really gave me a starting point for the types of shots that I would like to have in my film.
I think the main challenge for me was actually getting started on my major. There was a lot of idea developing leading up to my major. But the issue I had was actually getting out and filming stuff. What I would have to do is, you know, just go out. Take my camera with me. And if I saw something, I would film it. It didn't even matter if it was interesting or not. But as long as I had something to work with, it was better than having nothing.
Even if I didn't have my camera with me, I was able to use my phone sometimes. And I actually included some shots from my phone in my film. Some of them were really short, but I did have them in there. It really helps having a phone, because it kind of just gave me an easy access camera.
Two of the artists that stood out to me were Bill Viola and Bill Henson. And with their shots, I really felt like they carried a lot of mood. And I kind of aim to replicate that. How much I did, I'm not sure. But it really gave me a good starting point for seeing what kinds of shots were effective.
I feel like I was really lucky with the class I got, because everyone was really open about their ideas or really open about their feedback. If it was bad, they'll tell you it was bad. If it was good, they'll tell you it was good. If they have suggestions, they give them. And the teachers were also a big help because they really helped in supporting you and pushing you to get started or do better. Lots of strong encouragement from my teacher. And yeah, it really helped me to actually get started and finish my artwork.
Get started as soon as you can. Make sure you manage your time well. Just try keep organized across the subjects, not just art. But it's really important to stay organized and, you know, kind of have an idea of what you're going to do. It doesn't have to be exact. But it's better to just get started on something rather than nothing, because it gives you something to work with.