Multimedia: The Cobbler of Penang
I love featuring my daughter’s work. Not because she is my daughter. Ok… that is part of it, but also because I think she is very good. I can hear you saying the same thing I said about my wife in my last post, “You are her father, you have to like her stuff.” If you have ever been in one of my classes or workshops you will know that is not true. I pretty much say it the way I see it and this applies towards my daughter as well. I figure photographers do not grow with platitudes. We need to hear the truth however hard as it might be or as great as it might be. We need to know what works and what doesn’t. Where to improve and what to keep doing. I think you will see that this project is as good as anything my students have produced.
Above is a multimedia essay on a cobbler here in Penang, that Jess did as her final project for her Digital Media class. It’s a human interest story with a look into some local culture. It is just the second multimedia piece she has ever produced. I think it is done well and this time she let the subject tell his own story without any narration. This was difficult, in that Mr. Tan only spoke in short, four word sentences. But I think she edited it well. She shot the images, did the post-processing on the images, she created the storyboard, recorded and edited the soundtrack and then mix it all in iMovie. I helped only when iMovie became impossible to use. Outside of this it was completely her project.
Here’s what Jessie has to say about this project;
There is a little place in town that I think is one of the most interesting places to see. The man who runs the shop is a cobbler. He’s so nice and helpful. He makes Nyonya shoes. They come in all different shapes and sizes, in traditional and modern patterns. His first step is to gather his materials. He uses hammers, scissors, leather, cloth and many more things. He then draws and cuts out a design in the leather. After this he makes reinforcements for his design. He glues the reinforcements on to the cutout. He is very intent on his work all through out. He has to carefully sew each bead on to a cloth to make the beaded pattern. After the pattern is finished he sews the pattern to the leather cutout and afterwards it looks clean and precise. The Shoes are beautiful and delicate. It is so interesting just to go and watch him work. I hope you enjoy this.