It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of the movies that are glamorous, full of adventure, or take you on an amazing journey. These stories allow you to lose yourself for a couple of hours, even more if you buy the film and watch it over and over. I think that film is an incredible medium and even more so since I’ve been exploring the world of visual anthropology.
As I move forward on finishing my degree in art and healing, I’ve been thinking about how to capture the lives of the artists in a way that is non-intrusive, honest, and allows their authentic selves to emerge. I’m doing my thesis on artists who have been diagnosed with a chronic or life-threatening illness. In addition to interviews, I’d like to film the artists in their studio/work space doing what they do…tell stories.
I carry a flip video recorder around in my car so that at any time I’m ready to record a digital image. Yesterday I was talking to my neighbors who have started a film production company so I literally have this type of expertise in my backyard. I think there would be something amazing, honest, and pure about what emerges filming artists engaging in their process.
If you haven’t checked out my website www.survivingstrongtv.com you should watch some of the videos on health and healing. It’s a way for us to connect with each other since the invention of things like blip.tv, you tube, and other social network sites.
What is it that you would like to say? How do you see the shot? What is it that you would like to convey to your audience? It’s easier than ever to begin the journey into film. You can become your own screenwriter, director, editor, and producer. You can pick something that is unique to you that may impact the lives of others facing a chronic or life-threatening illness. Who knows, it may be something you love doing, transforming your life vision.
If you’re an artist who has been diagnosed with a chronic or life-threatening illness and you’d like to be a part of my research or potentially the film, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org