The part of our documentary that I’m probably engaged the most with is the ‘dreamscapes’, or as Tom and I have been calling it, the ‘images’. I’m still not 100% what the images will be specifically, but I definitely have an idea about the mood I want them to convey. I’ve always dodged directly answering [...]
The dreamscapes (a term we’ve appropriated from Errol Morris) are as crucial in our film as the interview with Tseker. They will provide our film with lustre and serve as a means of enhancing particular elements of Tseker’s story, but will also serve as a creative vehicle for our team as filmmakers, which ties in [...]
We have had to consider how we’ll film these close-ups quite meticulously. The first factor that we’ve had to take into consideration from a logistical point of view is the colour of Tseker’s skin and how it will look on camera. Seeming that his skin is dark, we’ve opted for a light background, which will [...]
Keeping in ties with our non-sensationalist approach, we have decided that the only audio that will be present in the film will be the voice of the interviewee. Our film is a personal narrative and is formed somewhat like a confessional, so it would be far more powerful if we adopted a minimalist attitude to [...]
Our selected audience for the project is quite wide. We really intend for this documentary to be accessible to everyone, regardless of their level appreciation for documentaries with an artistic sensibility. Although some of the images are challenging and even quite disturbing, the film is still intended to have the potential to communicate with everyone [...]
Here are some notes that Tom wrote about Tseker’s story:
Took 43 days to walk from Tibet to Nepal.
Terrain was harsh and mountainous (Tserker has Photo).
Travelled with around 30 people (men woman and children).
Sometimes the men had to carry the men and women.
Could only Travel at night because it was unsafe to travel in the day [...]
Tom and I had agreed that we’d be in the same group when we discovered that we were in the same TV2 lab. We’ve worked together on a group assignment before, and I have a respect for his knowledge of documentaries and also his taste in general. Once we’d decided on our topic and we [...]
The other night I watched ‘Tarntion’ for the first time. I’ve wanted to see it for so many years, but it’s one of those films that has somehow eluded me. It was sort of like how I’ve always meant to watch ‘Casablanca’ or ‘The Godfather Part II’ but I’ve just never actually gotten around to [...]