BCM325 Beta: Secluded Cinema

It’s suggested that the best way to gain followers and engagement on Instagram is to post between one and three times per day. For Secluded Cinema, I’ve decided to follow that rule and post at least twice each day at various times of the day to keep my followers engaged. The same is recommended for Tumblr, though I should try and coordinate it with US times.

Additionally, I aim to post at least once a week on my personal blog, though truthfully, I would love to post more.


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6 thoughts on “BCM325 Beta: Secluded Cinema

  1. Hey Dayle

    It’s good to see your beta post as I’ve been keeping up with your project on Instagram as it goes along! Your video was informative and it was interesting to read you’re sticking to the suggested number of posts a day to gain followers and engagement. I would be interested to know if you think that’s working, or if you’ve noticed any difference in engagement between the times you post?
    The only other thing I was going to say is it would’ve been cool to have a couple of your posts embedded in the blog until I realised they were already there at the top of the page, so never mind that I guess.
    I’m keen to see how your posts evolve in future!


  2. Hi Dayle, I love the idea of comparing the futures through still shots from films. I think it is a good idea in your Instagram and Tumblr post to not include any prediction of the future, however, I think it would be a fun idea to use the collective images to help build a utopian and dystopian picture of what our future could look like through the compilation of images you have collected and posted how/why this could occur on your blog page (https://www.thejakartapost.com/life/2018/04/13/understanding-the-future-through-cinema.html).

    I know that films aren’t always trying to go for accuracy when they are presenting ideas about the future and this makes it hard for you to predict the future based off the knowledge they present, however, there have been multiple films that have predicted what the future would look like quite accurately (https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-well-do-movies-predict-our-tech-future/). So after hearing that week fours lecture helped inspired you I went back and watched the lecture again and found something that I thought could also help with this idea of comparing the concepts of the future through film and more accurately helping you predict the future. In the first video, there is a quote from Sardar “Anticipating the future nowadays means little more than forecasting the future”. At this point in the lecture, Chris also explains that this is why he says “the future is now”, when using these two quotes together I came up with the idea that you could perhaps take some images from films set in the future based of places that exist today and compare the two. This on top of the comparison of the future setting you were already making would help add some focus to what the future could look like.

    I hope this helps and I’m really excited to see how your DA continues to grow, good luck!


  3. Firstly, I think it was a great move to switch up the idea. I definitely think the current idea is more digestible than the last and more interesting to a broader audience. It’s also more practical, where you’re not limiting yourself to finding other freelancers to interview or writing large amounts of words. I like how your Instagram seems to be following a theme. I’m not sure if that’s intentional, but assuming it is, something I could suggest is slowly transitioning the colour scheme from the dark blue colours to something brighter. This would create a nice gradient effect as you upload more photos, possibly even providing an incentive to post more (here’s an example: https://www.instagram.com/sarah_peretz/).

    You mentioned that the #BCM325 week 4 lecture has been the most influential subject material to your project thus far, and I can see why. However, I suggest you also investigate the new week 12 lecture on the futures of content (https://youtu.be/4WaPkcn1rwk). I think you’ll find it links well with your topic and possibly create some new opportunities for ideation. For further research, you could incorporate film analysis into your reasoning for each screenshot. This academic book may help you with that: https://books.google.com.au/books?hl=en&lr=&id=ejTFiXcXB6YC&oi=fnd&pg=PR3&dq=film+analysis&ots=3XKB3m8yZW&sig=V–4wfbWUTd6EeB2EskESYTMfk4&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=film%20analysis&f=false.


  4. Hey Dayle,

    I really like the idea of your digital artefact, and I think it’s one that feels more relevant than ever. I think lots of people can relate to that idea of loneliness and isolation considering the events of the past 3 months, and you’ve found a really cool, unique way to explore that. I can also appreciate changing direction on your artefact, as I found myself struggling with the same thing while working on mine.

    My only suggestion would be perhaps trying to work a line from the related media that you think gives the still something extra. I’m not a huge Instagram user myself, but I have noticed that a good caption can make a lot of difference in terms of engagement. It’s nothing revolutionary, but it’s a pretty easy and quick way of giving your posts that extra touch of depth and impact. Just a suggestion.

    Anyway, I love what you’ve done so far, and I reckon you’ll do pretty well!


  5. Hey Dayle,
    I absolutely love this project and hope you continue it into the future.
    Growing this project past BCM325, you can probably move past the requirement of having future focused films and expand your focus to include a wider variety of films, which will probably grow your audience more.
    On that note, I know audience growth on Instagram and Tumblr both rely somewhat on following other accounts which post similar content. If you aren’t already following them, I can recommend these ones which I’ve been following for a bit and focus on good cinematography:

    You might also consider doing slight edits to the frames you pick in terms of colour and highlights/shadows. Nothing that would seriously alter the original frames, but rather just boost what’s already there as I’ve often found still frames can look very dark and colourless when taken out of the movie.
    Best of luck.
    P.S. sorry my comments are late!

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