Monday, April 7, 2008

Cinéma vérité

We've pulled out an old Sony video camera a few times for BB. Mostly to see what he would make of playing with it a bit. Long time readers will know he's gone through some cycles of wanting to make movies and animation, mostly while he's created elaborate set ups. Now it seems he's old enough to get the concept of actually filming. All weekend he authoritatively carried the camera around, this time intending to create a video spotlighting LB's life. We have LB running, laughing, crying, spitting out food, rolling around on his head, brushing his teeth, etc. etc. LB loves the attention and BB thinks most of LB's antics are great fun. What's really funny about the whole thing is how nouveau BB is with his filmmaking style. He's been using the tripod for shots outside or in the kitchen (of himself, especially), but he favors the tight, shaky shots that have become such a staple of neo-realism. Frankly, I wouldn't be surprised if he's trying to copy the reality show aesthetic of shows like Mythbusters and Dirty Jobs, which he adores. Next he'll be trying to get LB to bust some myths, like "Will you break your leg if you jump off the roof?"

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