“Do not underestimate the power of locating yourself in the story” – Aerlyn Weissman
This week we spent most of our time together listening to and responding to the ideas and pitches from each individual member of the community.
What is exciting is the breadth of the story considerations and their diversity.
In thinking about this collection as a series I am reminded again of the philosopher Hannah Arendt’s notion of the birth of action as the fundamental human condition and its relationship to creativity. How much a community of creative practice is about taking something from nothing and creating something that is unlike any other. We are capable of giving birth to the unexpected and the new at any time and in any place.
Plurality is the condition of human action because we are all the same, that is, human, in such a way that nobody is ever the same as anyone else who ever lived, lives, or will live…
Action has the closest connections with the human condition of natality; the new beginning inherent in birth can make itself felt in the world only because the newcomer possesses this capacity of beginning something anew, that is, of acting…
and with word and deed we insert ourselves into the human world.
(Arendt, The Human Condition, 1954)
We have begun the deeply human thing of acting, of telling our story to the world.
By next week everyone is encouraged to create an outline or treatment of their individual November 8th.
In Point the online production resource at Pacific Cinematheque: series of Pre-production Writing
Aerlyn Weissman gave an interview workshop. This workshop was a technical and extremely useful series of pointers on how to conduct a good interview on film.
Members of the group practiced with camera, sound, and interview setup.