Shooting Topics - Bob Aibel
(Written Friday, June 10)
1) Observational Footage - Family will be doing their final preparation for the actual sale. They will be cleaning, organizing and arranging the store and its contents in ways which will serve two functions: 1) presenting a view of the store and items which reflects well on the family and the deseased; 2) organizing the items and store for viewing, handling, protection breakable and valuable items and selling in ways which allows us to see the items becoming commodities. This is a truly hybrid type of situation in which they must address both issues at the same time. The "aesthetic" and economic are simultaneously addressed.
What we want so yet are visuals and sound which allow us to see the family decorating a room for guests to come visit and organize in this "decoration" in such a way as to maximize economic value. It may well be the case that when Ralph Leitzel (the auctioneer) comes to help, we will truly begin to see the merchandising priorities begin to dominate, and we do want to show the working with thee to do that. It would be ideal to see him ask them to reorganize some pleasant looking display so that he can sell it better or so that it will areal to the buyer. Even when all is organized for the sale, we should expect to continue to see more cleaning as the final primping for the approval of the family and community.
2) OBSERVATIONAL FOOTAGE Most likely to be in the early evening, but there is no way to predict this; this is the previewing of the items to be sold. People will he coming in to look at what will be sold and to inspect it. This will also happen on Saturday morning. On Friday this is likely to begin with someone walking in and initiating contact with a family member to ask permission to look the place over(because the preview doesn't begin officially until Saturday morning). They are likely to have some conversation with Celo, Lura, Tons, etc. during which time they will get reacquainted, reminisce, tall: about getting ready for the sale, what will happen at the sale, etc. After this they will go over to things and begin to look at them. Id' large numbers of people begin to come in together, the permission request will probably drop out as it will have turned into a full blown preview. We would like to get the walking in and asking remission and conversation as a complete piece 2 or 3 times. conversation can continue to be shot until they are really getting away from the issues and idea of the film (e .g. the new road, what happened at church, etc.) Some of that is ok as 'visiting", but use your judgment as to when you have enough.
Once the person begins to look around we will need sound an: visuals which show how they look at and, handle the various items on display. There are 5 basic types of behavior(visual and verbal) which we expect to see/ hear. Some may only be possible to get on sound. 1)appreciation item will be picked up and looked at either someone clearly looking at the item to see how they like it may hear "Isn't that beauty," or something like that, or possibly the opposite. May almost look like someone admiring a painting 2) curiosity inspecting an item to see how it works, what it is, etc., purely visual. Could be turning the coffee ringer, playing with the shoe stands, ringing a bell, playing with a toy, etc. This may overlap with the next category. 3) appraising value inspecting mark on plate or toy, inspecting for cracks, chins or other image by rubbing hand over the item or careful looking in the light, seeing if item works like the cash register, opening drawers of furniture, looking at copvright date of book or simply looking through the book and inspecting cover), rooting through box lots of stuff(here you should look for people who move things from one box to another, or who try to bury things they find in the bottom of the box). 4) memory triggers people looking at items begin to romanticize about seeing it in the stare and how it used (cheese box for example) 'etc. 5) comparisons to other similar items people looking at items may launch into talking about how they have one 'just like it at home, or how they used to have one, or how they saw one at another sale go for $200, etc.
As much of this footage is of looking and handling, camera should feel free to use the full range of focal lengths here as well so zooms, pans, tilts , etc. We really want to see the inspection so extreme c /u is OK of hands, face in order that we see what is happening. A finger running over the edge of a plate in search of a chip tells us some of what to want to know.
3) After you have footage of some of these types of events with an individual., one of the 4 of us may walk over with the camera in tow to initiate a mini interview with a person. This will be an on the spot decision for us. The interview questions are on another sheet.
4) OBSERVATIONAL FOOTAGE This will he a family event of sorts - somewhat like a family reunion. We want to show this aspect of it as all he relatives will be gathering for the final clean up. It may have a series of obvious events which will help the arrival of each of Celo and Doris' children. We can't predict when this will occur, but we want to get the arrival simultaneously. Unless something really nice is happening we will then give the new arrival some space to get used to the filming situation. We should be prepared for these arrivals at any time.
5) OBSERVATIONAL FOOTAGE One of Celo's sons, LOWELL, will be removing the stack bookcases from Celo's room upstairs. We want to watch him take it out and load in his car, truck or whatever. Other family members may also take things out during the day, and we want to get anything like that that happens. If we are lucky we may also he able to get any negotiations about these items that occur,(e..g. Celo asks on of his kids they want and they decide what to take and not to take by conferring with Celo or the other kids about what they each look or plan to take) we even go into a semi formal interview. with any of the kids as to what they are taking and what they will try to buy at the sale and why.
6) Shots of faces peering in the front window of the store.
7) Shots of objects in their final places before sale, and of quiet, empty store ready for the sale.