“WE UNLEASH A BEAST OF SELFIES, LIFE SNAPS, THOUGHTS ON EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE AS IF WE HAD TO.
PROBABLY IF WE SHARED WAY LESS AND IN A MORE THOUGHTFUL WAY, WHAT WE HAVE TO SAY WOULD SOUND WAY MORE EFFECTIVE.”
Why the choice of stressing Dean’s verbal expressions, repetitions, pauses?
Before the editing I had over an hour and a half of recordings to work on.
A fragmented story made up of a continuous stream of words. I figured that stressing some key words and using repetitions and pauses as a sort of ‘spoken punctuation’ could have helped the viewer to better follow this 3 minutes long stream of consciousness.
Would you say that the experience created by this video can be linked to the one produced by a reading of the stream of consciousness writing technique?
I surely took inspiration from it.
Dean is introduced to the audience through this continuous flow of thoughts with no apparent connections.
Rather than giving an illusion of being inside Dean’s head, though, I wanted the viewer to feel like a sort of interlocutor this flow is addressed to.
During the interview I was actually really worried about asking too much or upsetting Dean in some way.
Nothing of what I asked was related to his life on the streets, and I left him with the choice of opening up or not about his most personal thoughts.
I ended up upsetting him anyways with the only question I thought it was the safest: what’s your favourite song?
Regardless of this small hitch I am so thankful for how much he decided to share with me.
Can words break visual prejudices?
In this case I think they do. Until the end of the video you can’t really tell these words come from a 35 years old homeless living on the streets of Hackney. And when you finally do, it doesn’t really matter anymore.
He appears to be just like a regular guy in his mid thirties with a family, wishes, fears, who tries to do his best to cope with life.
Prejudice can be so sly. Sometimes you deceive yourself thinking you are totally free from it and then realise you are just as full of shit as anybody else.
Is anonymity sometimes more powerful than celebrity?
Again, yes. We unleash a beast of selfies, life snaps, thoughts on everything and everyone as if we HAD TO.
Probably if we shared way less and in a more thoughtful way, what we have to say would sound way more effective.