On our own documentary:
We have certainly moved away from our original brief, where the idea was to have a serious look into the world of the psychics, especially that of tarot readers and the whole history and lore of its origins. I think that veering away from that into some that’s a lot more light-hearted and playful, whilst still not mocking the art/process, was a good move. And Jason, we put so much hope into Jason, because before him, though we had 2 interviews done and filmed, they were just not cohesive. Whilst I don;t believe that a documentary has to strictly tell a story or have a message, with the two interviews we had, there wasn’t really either of those two elements at all. So we pinned all our hopes on Jason, and he delivered. Creating a mixture of a acid-tripping montage that was stages and scripted, with an interview and an impromptu demonstration, we were able to create a neat story about Jason, where we had an indication of his history with psychic art, the reaction from those around him, and his belief on the topic itself, becoming someone who was, and still is, a sceptic, to someone who doesn’t understand the entirety of it, but also has a strong belief in the spiritual world.
Documentaries from the screening:
Able and Game
This was just gorgeous, from the sound design to the actual interviewees, everything was adorable. Also the visual aspect of it was very natural looking, even in the uneven lighting of the halls and market stalls. But mostly what stood out to me was the music, very happy and bouncy, it really complemented the character/nature of “Able’ (I’ve forgotten her actual name). Though at times it seemed more of promotional material than documentary (that itself I don’t think is a problem, and is hard to ignore when you’re focusing on people behind a business), it did actually make me want to seek out the cards themselves, not only because they were funny/cute, but that knowing a bit more about the creators and the processes just seemed nice. Personal is the word I’m looking for, but in a behind the scenes documentary, that seems redundant to mention.
At the End of the Day
Im terrible with names, but the drag queen handler/make up artist was incredible to watch. There was no façade about who he was or how he acted with anyone, and his points on what was considered ‘manly’ was great. I would have loved to have seen more of the transforming process, but thats just what I like. The amount used was still good, it didn’t take up a lot of the film and was used nicely with the cutaways to the bingo show.
Alternatives (Im not sure if its the name of the right one)
The one set on the farm. Wonderfully shot, everything looks so crisp and vibrant and, well, alive. Definitely my favourite of the documentaries shown, if not for the visual aspect of it. Sound as well was amazing, for something that was filmed out in the open field, it was all remarkably clear. The main person interviewed, the guy who seemed to own the farm, was lovely, and seemed like he was used to explaining things really clearly and quickly. Actually all 3 interviewed had rather interesting takes on eating meat/working on a farm, and the shots of them talking were just framed nicely with them in clear focus. Also ending on a half-finished sentence calling the dog over was just a nice touch.