SHARE YOUR STORY... "PASS THE CAMERA"
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
- Two people... or more
- Video Camera
- Several blank tapes
- Time and the right environment
You can "Pass the Camera" with a group, but we've found two is the perfect number for personal, in-depth conversation.
A small, handheld video camera with an external microphone will give you the best picture and sound. But don't let a lack of access to a video camera stop you... If your cell phone or digital still camera can record video, try that!
Once the conversation starts flowing you won't want to be without extra tapes.
Set aside a couple of hours of uninterrupted time. Food and wine never hurt either.
Beginning can be scary; turning on the camera can make people self-conscious. Don't let it deter you! Choose a comfortable time and activity - such as a meal, a cup of tea or a glass of wine. Turn off the phone. Give yourself at least an hour and a half of uninterrupted time to devote to your conversation. It will give you and your friends time to get used to the camera, so that when you start talking about more meaningful things you won't even know the camera is there.
The conversation may just start flowing. Or it may be helpful to start talking about something mundane-like what you had for lunch-it's amazing how lunch can lead right into that existential crisis. If all else fails, here are some topics to get you started:
- Relationships (always good conversation fodder)
- Sex (ditto)
- Career (or lack thereof)
- Womanhood (or Manhood)
- Family (oy)
OH, AND DON'T FORGET TO "PASS THE CAMERA"
Following the informal flow of conversation, hand the camera back and forth as you each take turns talking. It is best when the camera is pointed at the person who is speaking and then switched when the other person talks (but you don't have to be rigid about it!).
SHARE YOUR STORY, POST YOUR VIDEO ON THE FLYING SITE
Cue your favorite section of your "Passing the Camera" video to post on our site. Please only send us 2 - 10 minutes per "Passing the Camera" session. You can edit your video or send it to us as it is. Then all you have to do is post your "Passing the Camera" video on YouTube or Google Video. Send us the link at firstname.lastname@example.org or paste it into the form below, and we will post the video on the FLYING CONFESSIONS website.
Please note: The Flying Staff reserve the right to edit the video submission if necessary.
HOST A FLYING SCREENING PARTY AND "PASS THE CAMERA" WITH YOUR COMMUNITY!
Watching FLYING: CONFESSIONS OF A FREE WOMAN can be a real conversation starter! The topics raised in the film pose good jumping off points. Do you agree or disagree with how issues are presented in the film? Haven't seen FLYING? Share FLYING with your community by HOSTING A FLYING HOUSE PARTY and be sure to "Pass the Camera" afterwards.
Please Note: Filling in the form below is optional and not required to submit a video. We thought it might be fun if people could read some background information about the people who are posting videos - similar to the biographical information about the people in the Women's World section of the site. If you'd like to tell us more about yourself to accompany your video, please fill-in the form below.