Watching Morgan Spurlock's 6 minute trailer(ish) bit on Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope, I lasered in on his nod to documentarian Errol Morris' tool for encouraging emotive face-to-face interviews that have become Morris' signature style. The tool is the "interrotron."
|images via Steve Hardie|
I will be building on this initial post, researching the interrotron and perhaps attempting to rig one up for my own work, not only as a documentarian but as an academic interested in performances of self. This may involve many experiments with the camera that will teach me how to better perform with/on it, and I may be soliciting tapes from you. Watch for it! Also, I hope (!) to interview Chris Crocker. I got to chat with Chris at this year's Sundance Film Festival. After screening his film, Me At the Zoo, I asked him as we walked out toward the lobby ...
Chris, you're obviously amazing on camera.
I. am not. How do you do it?
You're either good with the camera,
or you're good with people.
we grasp at what to say)
I'm good with the camera.
(something ... something ...
... flattering about his people skills)
Your hair is fabulous!