I just got our first “real” video camera yesterday–a lower-end prosumer model Handycam from Sony. And I had to tell myself this morning after hours of frustration: “Think about all the things you do fairly well now, and without a lot of heavy thinking. Every one of those things, at one time, you did very slowly and with remarkable clumsiness.”
I’ve uploaded two 3 minute fumbling clips (the second one of them below) in which it is obvious I don’t know what I’m doing, and every mistake is something learned. So fumbling is okay at this early point.
But what I already sense is that still photography is about nouns. Video is about verbs. There is a place for both, so I’m happy to have the chance to learn a new part of speech at this late hour.
That every second can be a separate composition that relates to the ones that come before and after–that’s a tall order for the visual brain. Thinking in three dimensions and also in time–those are also elements to hold in one’s mind. But this comes only after learning how to hold the tiny camera in one’s hands. I’m not even there yet.
And once I’ve mastered the mechanics of taking clips and getting them identified and filed, the hard part–the creative part–comes in. That step is far down the road for me–the part where you merge and mold to tell the story, with music, with overlay narration, with screen text, with a creative eye for the whole of the thing.
I may never reach that point. But I’ll amuse myself trying. (I’m sorry the YouTube version is such an inferior copy of the same files on my 23″ Mac monitor!) And I’ll see and say the world differently with this new part of speech in my storyteller’s vocabulary.