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Old July 17th, 2008, 06:14 AM   #16
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I think you can't 'get it wrong'.

Either way is fine. If you want, have her look directly into the lens. If a family member is watching the video, it will seem much more personal. Not a choice I'd make for a general purpose doc, but it's YOUR doc. Do what you want. (In my experience, older people are intimidated by looking at the 'giant eye' of the lens. But it's YOUR grandmother - you know her best)
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Old July 17th, 2008, 09:26 AM   #17
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[QUOTE=Floris van Eck;908605]I am having second thought at this moment...I read some books who mentioned - have the subject look directly into the camera as it makes it more personal.QUOTE]

Well, who is the end audience? If this is just for other family members to remember Mom, or Grandma, then she can look directly into the lens and engage them.

But if it's a documentary for outside audiences, they might want to "observe" her telling her stories or whatnot, instead of her telling the stories directly to them (staring into the lens.)

It's a personal choice. The advice I'm hearing from a lot of people is - go for it. The anxiety of thinking about something is always worse than the actual situation. You've got some solid information to work with and it sounds like you are reading and learning a lot. Go for it.

Hell, grab a friend and interview them for 10 minutes about something. It'll give you some stuff to play with and think about.

Have fun.
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Old July 17th, 2008, 06:50 PM   #18
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Floris, you have a wonderful tool in your living room. Go to the TV, turn it on and watch nothing but documentaries. Watch how professionals tell the story, frame their interviews, gather sound, etc. Copy the style(s) of the documentaries you like. Easy.
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