The Interviews of Surveillance

cinematography and video editing has always been my best talents, but due to certain limitations, I am wary I won’t be able to get specific footage to best help me convey the overall point and precarity in my ecology. These limitations include the interviews I had planned on doing at One Police Plaza with Jennifer Rodriguez, and finding people of color in the community who would be willing to be on camera. The main footage I aspire to acquire are in One Police Plaza, and Jennifer has gone MIA on me for whatever her reasons may be. Since she works in the facial recognition department, she has access to all of the camera viewings in the city, and also has the agency to grant me permission to come in and record them in action as well as video record valuable information and statistics that are very hard to find online.

The video recordings at One Police Plaza are very important because there are some clips I plan to show people while interviewing them, to see their reactions and how it affects him/her. For every pedestrian I interview for the video, I want to make a short “reaction” clip showing their face with a small video screen in the bottom right of the video I’m showing them from One Police Plaza. I plan on making this a montage introduction for the video portion of this project. Their reactions will prove how people in the neighborhood are unaware and desensitized to the precarity. I strongly feel this will engage my audience, and though I originally intended my target audience be people of color, I realize everyone should be aware; so how do I make a video that will cater to everyone alike and still get the point across?

In my audio rough cut, Jamie noticed the vernacular that my interviewee and I feel comfortable speaking in, and though its supposed to be a space where we can talk as we like and feel comfortable, Jamie had a point when she helped me realize that it may not be pleasing to some people and will more than likely disengage from everything. Even though this could happen either way, I notice that there has to be a balance in including some sort of professionalism when conducting interviews in these target locations. I have to make sure that everyone can understand and be affected when hearing the audio and watching the video.

I know I can still get this done right, but due to lack of resources and education in my target areas, it is going to be difficult for me to find people who can speak fluent English and/or in coherent sentences. So that balance of professionalism is going to have to subside in some moments and hope that people can still achieve close aesthetic distance when engaging.


~ Rocket G.




~ by rocketg6 on November 5, 2018.