People, movement, actions

A couple of clips here to support the category of ‘real actions and actitivies’  in real/ fiction.  From Kes, the famous Brian Glover footie sequence:

And the caning scene.   Loach and Tony Garnett told the boys in the scene that they wouldn’t actually be caned, then surprised them… Garnett said recenty t the BFI that he probably wouldn’t do it now, but the boys were (relatively) handsomely paid.  Their reactions are real..  The scene starts about halfway through the clip.

Charlie Chaplin, in The Rink: demonstrating how any travelling motion in actors is a kind of ‘real’ independent of the fiction..

For something a little more left field, there’s the short film The Girl Chewing Gum, by John Smith.  The film is an extended joke about giving actors directions.  I won’t spoil it..  This version has French subtitles..

And a personal favourite.  Patrick Keiller makes playful ‘essay films’.  Hs film London features documentary footage of the capital in 1992 – year of an IRA bombing campaign, and a general election – but with a fictional narrative voiced-over.  this clip, at around 6 minutes, features some ‘talking’ gateposts in a park in Stockwell.

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2 Responses to People, movement, actions

  1. emma sullivan says:

    We filmmakers have a saying when shooting that “Everything that can go wrong, will go wrong”. So the ‘real’ is ever present when shooting- and as long as people can see the camera, ‘reality’ is changed. When I watch the first clip I see fantastic performances edited together from a range of shots, tracking, still wide etc. But I don’t see anything ‘real’, I just see filmmaking? I’m confused. Can you explain this to me?

    • Mark Reid 1895 says:

      No I can’t! Thing is, in that philosophical sense, you’re right, everything that goes in the can is real – it was really shot, spoken, soundtracked, cut. But yesterday with the Moving Image Arts crew in Belfast, one participant – Laureen – clarified it when she said ‘Are you talking about the difference between ‘found’ and ‘made’? I was fumbling around with the ‘what resists fiction?’ question. What’s found, and what’s made is a better way of putting it.

      That help?

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