Sunday, February 24, 2008

Camera Hog

As I sit here watching the Oscars, I wonder how many directors start off with one vision and when they go back and look at their footage, it becomes something else totally different. Does it mean that the original vision is better or worse than what was actually produced - who knows? You read about so many artists, directors included, who are endlessly tortured by their desire to produce what they see in their minds. The funny thing is, most of us would have no idea if editing one scene this way vs. another would have improved a film. And most of the movie reviewers out there just like to think they know what they're talking about and really prefer to hear themselves talk or see their name in print.

I guess that's why I'm not a director, or an artist of any kind. I lack drive to express the visions in my head, and I'm pretty sure that 95% are best left inside my brain anyway. Perfection is overrated and boring.

Take this video for instance, originally entitled - These Boots Were Made for Walkin'. It was supposed to show Seka walking in her TheraPaw boots. She does this funny little strut, as you'll be able to see eventually, just after I put them on her and it lasts for about two minutes. It might have been cute. Probably much more entertaining to me because I'm close to the subject matter. During the filming of my project however, my supporting actress, had something else in mind.

I think the outcome of this video is proof that sometimes, going with the flow and taking what comes to you proves to be much better than anything you can envision along the way.

8 comments:

gyeong said...

My furkids are not camera shy. They love it when daddy pulls out the black clicky flashy thing. I have yet get Jaime smiling. It's a good thing Seka doesn't mind sharing the spotlight.

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

That was so funny :-)!

Jen

pattysea said...

HILARIOUS!!!!!

Patti said...

Absolutely too funny. Poor Seka, and she wanted to be the star, I'm sure. And Roxy looks so damn mean but I know she's just smiling for the camera. You're right, she's definitely a camera hog!

Denise said...

Your blog is hilarious...

gotta love those black hounds too.

IHateToast said...

i don't know how many times i've watched this now. i think what gets me are the squinty eyes with the gummy teeth.

it's always funny.

Christie Horejs said...

That was absolutely awesome!!! When she first smiles, it's almost scary, then you realize she's smiling and it is just so PERFECT!!! She is such a happy dog!

Moonlight writer said...

That was one mean looking smile. With those teeth, I'd hate to tick her off. Our dogs seem to smile sometimes, especially our Am. Eskimo, whose now 13. Wish I had pictures to show. Maybe when I get better at the PC.