For my video piece, I wanted to focus away from the faces of people when they speak, as this is rather predictable (person stands in front of camera, camera focusses entirely on their face etc), so for my video I wanted to demonstrate the expressions of people’s opinions and speeches through their hand gestures.
I tried to give each speech a variation so they all didn’t entwine with one another for example; Barack Obama aims to aspire the public especially Americans, so I made his hand gestures rather dynamic to try to captivate the viewers. I did my best to re-enact the promises he was giving in his speech simply through the movements of my hands, from pointing to the audiences to hitting my hand on the table to invoke a serious promise.
Juxtaposing Obama came a part of Hawking’s essay on the universe, I died down the dynamics of my movements as Hawking expresses scientific views and philosophy, it would have seemed rather ridiculous to have drastic hand movements so I kept my hands clasped together for the majority of this piece. I attempted to recreate a rather empowering sound with my voice to have an earnest effect through the video.
Finally with Charles Manson, I wanted to create the same deception he creates when people talk to him. His performance is drastically different to the first two, I took heavy breaths and started clenching my fists to create an awkward presence to the viewer as this hasn’t happened through the entire video. I thought finishing with grabbing the camera and whispering “nobody” creates a very powerful shot through its simplicity, as I never show my face through the entity of the video. Being very calm and positive for the whole of the video until the end I feel heightens the tension and wickedness of the final shot, this was by far my favourite piece to perform.