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DEVELOPING YOUR IDEAS WITH A VIDEO CAMERA

[Image: Persephone and Sarah Dixon. Photo by Judie Waldmann]

 

As you become more confident with the video camera and the subject of tears, you may want to explore your ideas further.

Other young people involved in The Study of Tears explored their ideas further by filming some of the dance work about tears.

 

Ideas to Explore

Think about what happens when we cry.

What happens to our vision when we cry?

Crying can blur our vision because tears refract light.

How can we show this blurred vision using a video camera?

 

 

Below is an example. Though you may have your own ideas too!

 

EXAMPLE 1

In the silent video 'Dance of The Teardrop: Awakening', (below), a young person gained permission to put a drop of spit on the lens, to film the blurred effect of crying.

 
 

Dance of The Teardrop: Awakening

Format: silent colour video
Duration: 2:40 minutes

 

EXAMPLE 2

Alternatively, you may want to explore the way tears refract light and blurr images using other similar materials such as water or optical glasses.

We explored the blurring and refraction of light by using the video camera to look through another lens-like surface, or object.

In the example below, the students recorded a dance by pointing the video camera and filming through someone’s glasses.

 
 

Dance of The Teardrop: Behind The Lens 1


Format: silent colour video
Duration: 1:12 minutes

 

 

 

Maybe you could find some other materials similar to tears that will allow you to explore blurring and refraction.

 

 

Key Words List

Here are some new words for you to learn:

Blurred

Explore

Vision

Refraction

Transparent

Lens-like

Distortion

Optical Glasses

Materials

 

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