First off, the entire series to date has been filmed on a mobile device. I intend to keep it that way. This isn’t because I lack access to “better” equipment but because for the most part, this series is unscripted. It creates itself, organically. It’s unplanned and totally off-book. I put myself in moments worth capturing. And like you, my phone is usually the closest thing to me fit for the job. It’s ever-present, portable and doesn’t water-down the moment. What I mean by that is, people are accustomed to having phones pointed in their faces. The minute you whip out a “serious” camera, everything gets… serious. It becomes a scene, a set with actors waiting for you to shout “Action“. Everyone becomes less and less themselves as you draw mounting attention. And there you are with your fancy camera, trying to play Director, final nail and hammer in hand, closing the coffin to what was a beautiful moment. But alas, it can’t be saved. It’s too late. The sparks gone and the candle is out.
I’m always going for natural and discrete. At least for now. I believe that if you are driven by a genuine passion to create, you do it with what you have. People dream up way too many
excuses barriers of entry, so much so that they can’t… do anything. They are prisoners to the chains they’ve shackled themselves in. I’m not saying good tools don’t help but what’s the point of a better hammer if you can’t hold a nail steady? In my case, what use is a [insert your dream camera here] if I don’t understand the basics of filmmaking or how the one in my pocket works? Access is just potential, it doesn’t always imply better results. I’ve learned and learning so much right now, I’m practically a sponge. All I’m doing is absorbing. The difference in quality between my videos is blatant for all to see. I look back at the previous one like “Damn, I could’ve done this better, like this… or like that…“
A lot of my unreleased works are bad, just terribly bad, clipping highlights, crushing shadows etc. Whatever mistake, you name it, I’ve made it. My only regret is not failing faster.
Well, I used to come back with all this footage post holiday. So one day, I decided to dump it all into Final Cut with the objective of trying to visualise a short narrative, nothing more than a few minutes.
Really that meant learning Final Cut itself, understanding colours and how to grade, how to edit so the audience gets the picture, the importance of sound and atmosphere, how to prepare my next shot to ease the editing process… At this point, I have to say, YouTube is the greatest teacher of all time. I’d be nowhere without it.
Once I had my short, I decided to voice it over based on what was happening onscreen. But noooo, I wasn’t going to just voice it over was I? Not with years of writing raps, oh no sir! That shit had to rhyme. And so it became poetry, visual poetry.
I can’t take full credit for the name. We bounced a few off each other and she came up with “Poetry Pots”. Each episode is a Pot, a new dish. I have a new one underway but below is the first I ever did, Pot #1.