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Video Portrait by Lincøln

August 9th, 2010 4:25 PM / Location: 34.083454,-118.2949

INSTRUCTIONS: Video tape a close up of someone's face for at least 1 (one) minute with out them noticing.

I was reluctant to do this task, because it's one of those that is far more interesting for the person doing it than for you who are watching it.

When doing the task you feel like a spy. You get the thrill of being sneaky and of maybe getting caught. It's pretty great. The problem is, once the video is on here and you're watching it, it's tough to see that part of the experience. All you get is what's on the screen, which is usually pretty uninteresting.

And I have done this task numerous times in the last three or so years, and every time, I just deleted the video, because it didn't make good praxis. I thought that that would forever be the case. Until yesterday, when at a production meeting at my theater for our next production, I noticed two things; one, that C.M. was doing something remarkably charming and awesome when he thought nobody was watching, and two, that I had a perfect sneaky vantage point to view (and record) him doing it. So I took advantage of it.

And the reason I'm posting this as praxis, is because I didn't just capture some random stranger, I caught a fellow SFØ player, and two, that SFØ player is doing something worth watching (I'm not saying that buying chard or taping a blindfolded kid are inherently uninteresting or not worth watching or anything, I just find this more so).

Also, I got a minute of him without him noticing, but I kept rolling, and included both the moment (2:56) he noticed me recording him (although he thought I was just taking his picture I'm pretty sure, as I do that from time to time), and I included the moment that he took a POP of me (somewhere around the 3:30 mark, although I think he took a few, and I'm not sure which one he took is the one he sent to me, but I suspect it may be close to the 4:50 mark).

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C.M.'s Still Portrait

C.M.'s Still Portrait

C.M.'s Video Portrait

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Turn down your volume if you don't want to hear a production meeting where we talk catty about actors and discuss things like scheduling and job titles.

I got POPed

I got POPed

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6 comment(s)

posted by Ty Ødin on August 9th, 2010 6:49 PM

I feel as though, with the top of the table(?) in the shot, I am being sneaky and some of that inherent spy-i-tude came across with the video.

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posted by Jellybean of Thark on August 9th, 2010 7:27 PM

This is kinda wild. I kept expecting Richard Kiley to pipe in.

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posted by Lincøln on August 9th, 2010 7:37 PM

"And now we see a González in its natural habitat. To amuse himself, he has constructed crude puppets out of nearby found objects."

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posted by susy derkins on August 9th, 2010 9:37 PM

That first minute is a jewel, IMHO.

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posted by Lincøln on August 10th, 2010 8:19 AM

Yeah, that first minute is the best.
I was going to cut it there, but I thought showing that C.M. did in fact catch me was worth it.

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posted by rongo rongo on August 12th, 2010 6:55 PM

That is an interesting point you make about some tasks being difficult to share as experiences. As you say, that doesn't make them less worth doing, but it can make them less worth writing up. Glad you found a cool way to do this one.