Photo by Marco Paolo Z. Lambino (i think he shot this behind a glass, he caught the action but it has a grainy texture), Zoobic in Subic 24 Dec. 2007
If i had filmed that seawalker (see previous blog post, below) you would see a full body shot then slow pan , each and all of them, then zoom out to give you context; then i would edit it in a sequence to tell you a story. But the child, he plunged right in. Did you see what he did? (but he doesn’t explain it to me, the way i’d break down concepts when asked to elaborate; i’m doing it again here! Duh.). He focused on the long thin swaying vine-like antennae (eyes) and the long, spidery, thorny crawler-legs , all of which filled up the entire frame such that you feel that you’d gone inside the aquarium, and became a tiny being beneath their “tentacles”. And then he’s done. If i had filmed it i would be more interested in the light and the “balance” of the objects inside the frame and the color, and yes, the story. I’m interested in giving information about objects and subjects and context and that’s it; we were gonna eat the crustaceans. He’s not interested in those “production values”; well not yet. And maybe that is his story. He went inside the aquarium . And swam in there.
I’m just telling a story. He can imagine a different reality.
(i don’t know, i didn’t ask him. I don’t want to structure the way he films things.)
I just wrote this to suggest that, like children’s drawings, video and film done by children, before they are sent to formal film seminars and courses, could be an entire genre, or a new genre. I don’t know, i’m not a child psychologist or film connoisseur . But they seem to see things differently. When his younger brother was filming him while he was eating in the kitchen, the younger brother was giggling and giggling so hard. What was so funny, i didn’t get it. Anyway, they look at things differently. If you want to get a glimpse of how they see the world, you could let them film, and look at it as a genre like children’s drawings. As long as they know how to handle the gizmo, you could probably restrain yourself from giving them instructions on what to film and how to go about it, you can just observe them. I don’t know what’s “old enough to handle the gizmo”, i’m no expert. (have you noticed how these gadgets have been made perfect for little children’s fingers, i have to shake the small device several times to get out the sliver of a memory card, duh, there’s actually a tiny lever there that pops it out you know, but i still have to do a little shake-down, i’m like that gorilla in the opening scene of the classic sci-fi “Odyssey”; but the child, he just tweezes them out softly with his tiny little fingers. An adult’s finger is too big to get inside the compartment of the battery and memory card. Child labor! ha ha). Of course you have to watch out for snatchers while in public places, this is the Philippines.
Wouldn’t it be interesting to let them do some filming before they become structured and sent to formal visual courses?
Anyway, I just thought it could be a new genre, videos taken by children. Like children’s drawings. I’m rambling on.