The style of documentary I want to focus on is a video portrait style. I want it to be subjective and based around my experience of photography. Discussing how I got into taking photos, why I do it, where I want to take it and what it means to me?
These links are examples of the style I want to go for:
Arto Saari, Let Us Roam
Leica Portrait: Nick Ut – Leica Hall of Fame Award 2012
Leica Portrait: Jonathan Mannion
Mary Ellen Mark: There is nothing more extraordinary than reality
The reason I want to go for a style similar to the videos above is because I really appreciate the process that photographers take to get a photograph and to be in the position they are in with photography. The effect this style of documentary has on me is that these people work very hard to be in the position they’re in. They put a face to the photographs and give you an insight into the process behind their work flow. They’re inspirational videos as they make you realise that these people are people that have just perfected their craft and haven’t go to where they are without failure. I believe that if my documentary is done well it will have the same effect on the viewers as these videos have on me.
For my documentary I want to produce a video portrait of me discussing my photography. This will include my images and the journey to get to them. Such as exploring for that special photo. It will be a subjective documentary as it will be opinion based. I want to get footage of me talking about my photography to start with and then continue it with music over footage of me roaming around taking photos and incorporating my images into the video.
The reason I chose this style theme is because photography is a subject that I’m highly interested in, its my passion. I want to show the process it takes to achieve a desired image and my thoughts and opinions on photography. This is because I feel like people overlook photography and photographs and don’t appreciate the story to achieve a good photograph. The type of questions that will be raised by this will be questions based around curiosity. Such as why take pictures if it’s such an effort to get a shot you’re happy with? And why spend all this money on equipment when you don’t profit off your images? What I hope to get out of this documentary is to make people aware about the art of photography and how it takes work to get to a powerful image. I think people dismiss art as being easy far too much. I feel like people think once you know the basics its an easy process to produce work after that but I want to show people that it not like that, it takes time and work into getting a desired photo. This is things from being inspired by other peoples work, camera settings, travel, editing and the competitive nature of photography. Everyone’s taking pictures so it’s a struggle to try and produce work that’s different and not been done before.
This chosen theme is aimed at an audience that appreciates art and participates in creating art . This is because I want them to agree with the subject and for them to feel like I’ve given them a voice in this world. And that voice will be the voice of me trying to open people’s minds to the story behind photographs. It is also based at people without an interest in the art world as I want people to start admiring art a lot more than they already do and to appreciate the story behind each art work they see.
I feel like this documentary need to be produced as personally I think human beings, when they are being creative is one of the greatest things in the world. I feel that the UK needs to have more of an exposure to art such as countries in Europe have to art. Countries such as Italy value art and make a big deal out of displaying art. So with this documentary I hope to change peoples view on art and fo them to begin to make a conscious decision to expose themselves and appreciate art a lot more. I believe this is important to the human race as it will help people understand other people, as art for the most part, is a humans unique point of view on the world.
Questions to myself:
As it is a self portrait documentary I will be answering my own questions about the topic photography. I will write the questions and create a brief summary of how I will answer them but I also want my answers to rather spontaneous as that way for the most part allows for passion to come through as it is a subject that you’re passion about you should be able to summon up enthusiasm in most situations when talking about the chosen subject. I will write the questions and when it comes to answering them I shall get a friend to ask them to avoid the feel that it is a script as I don’t want the documentary to feel scripted and also by getting someone to ask me the questions it will feel more natural to answer them in the casual style I want the documentary in as it will feel more like a conversation than an interview which is the feel I want to go for. When editing I will edit out the sound of the questions being asked and I will answer them in full sentences so people get a sense of what I am answering.
1) How did you get into photography?
2) what do you like to photograph?
3) what inspires you?
4) how do you see the future for your photography?
I aim to complete all the filming within two days. On day one I shall invite my friend to my house and proceed to film the interview part of my documentary. I need my friend to be with me to ask me the questions about my photography. After filming the interview I will upload the interview footage to my computer and then proceed to clear my memory card to make space for the next stage of filming. The next stage will involve me riding into Chester a long the cycle path, during this period I will film some point of view style shots of me riding into Chester City. Once In the city I will film myself using a tripod of me taking photographs. After I have usable footage of this I will call it a day. On day two (weather depending) I want to get footage of me exploring on the various fields around my home. This is because I want to show my adventurous process of getting a photograph.