Windy Tan is a student at the University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus, specializing in studio. She always had a strong interest in the film industry and making and telling stories through moving images. The first memory she had when she was young was recording videos of herself when she was gifted a digital camera. Then she started asking her friends and family to act in skits that she had constructed in her mind. As she grew older, she was exposed to different kinds of videos and movies, which inspired her to tell her own stories through this medium. Film and movies are important to her because they have the power to reflect cultures and ideas, which may either move someone or create an escape!
Why did you get involved in this project?
My involvement in this project started because my old video professor reached out to me during quarantine about this project. I thought it would be something creative and fun to work on since I didn’t have much to do during quarantine.
Did the one week turn-around for the work help or hinder your creativity?
I think there were pros and cons to a one week turn-around. The pro was that it challenged me to finish my task at a certain deadline. However, the con was that I did feel pressured into finishing the project, rather than thinking of something more creative if I had a longer turn-around time.
How did you feel about working on a project where you didn’t know who you were collaborating with?
It was nerve wracking but interesting – I felt anxious that the person would not have the same idea or plan that I had for the videos I shot. However, it did intrigue me as to how someone else would interpret my videos/statement and how it changes the intent depending on the editing and soundtrack.
Has being involved in the project changed your thoughts on creativity?
This project shows that one’s imagination transcends beyond the original intent of the piece. For example, there are four stages in this project (written, shooting, editing and sound), and for each stage someone may have a different point of view, which adds to the original work.