Yesterday Orgdimension on Twitter sent this fantastic short film clip.
Watch it and test your awareness of what’s happening on the screen then determine how much you pick up what’s going on.
When I first saw the clip, I was amazed they did everything in one take. (That was the first thing I noticed because I’m more interested in HOW things are done rather than WHAT).
The second, time I watched the different camera shots (pan out, close in etc) and watched the shadows on the walls for the crew moving around and the shadows on the faces of the actors.
I then watched it again to watch the crew (funny how they’re not all dressed in black like the theatre) move the furniture around. These extra hands in theatre and films who move stealthily in, around and under view of the shot is fascinating to me.
When I see them in the theatre, they move quickly, quietly moving props around the stage in between scenes and then disappear within seconds.
Who are they?
Do they hang around behind the curtains?
Do they spend their lives moving about in between scenes moving stuff?
What happens if they forget to move a prop that throws the scene into utter chaos?
Yes, I know that’s not the point of the clip to be watching the crew, but it just goes to show what I find important in life. And how I observe life.
While others may be pointing out one thing, my mind is on a completely different track picking up clues and being curious for something else entirely.
No wonder I pissed off my teachers and employers in the past. 🤣 I just can’t “stick to their script”.
I’ve always love the process – the middle bits – things hidden from plain sight because they intrigue me.
The WORK IN PROGRESS – the work InBetween the main outputs because no one talks about that. The silences, the glances, the unspoken words, the choice of words, the way they work, the first person they contact, the tool they pick up first. The actions kept quiet deliberately (or not); or deemed not important or critical in the grand scheme of the work. It all speaks volumes.
I deem it so critical. To shed light on the hidden, is understanding the bigger scene and work around you. I like the idea of zooming out from the hidden/the InBetween/the liminal then taking a step back to see the picture as a whole.
Not the other way around.
Starting from the middle, you can use your curiosity, you can be intrigued, delighted and excited that you have seen something that others haven’t yet. You are a discoverer first and you set on a journey to explore and to learn. Once you understand, you can see what you’re dealing with and what others want you to see or focus on but before then, you have been privy to something that they have not picked up on.
When people say to me, “I had no idea!” Or “how on earth did you make that connection?” Or “stick to the plan here” that’s when I realise I’ve been on that curiosity journey.
I don’t do it deliberately, it just happens naturally for me. That is the way I look at things and always have.