Puppetry: The art of improvisation
SHORT DOCUMENTARY / 2019
'Puppetry: The art of improvisation' proved to be a challenge for me as a visual storyteller. Throughout the process of making this short documentary, I was constantly faced with new obstacles to overcome. While filming in a bedroom is not the most demanding of spaces, light was always an issue for me. Over the two days which we filmed this project, the sun, sure as it will, moved across the sky, leaving areas of my image dark. It was at this time that I began to experiment with using shadow to my advantage, and I realised that not all of the image had to be perfectly lit all of the time. While the puppetmaking itself was mainly improvised, so was the cinematography.
This project gave me plenty of time to experiment with composition and the newfound love I had for the slider, which I borrowed from my friend at the last minute on the gamble that it would work out. I have merely filmed the story, but being able to tell it in such a visual manner, and to make a piece of film that I can be proud of is an achievement for me.