I have to admit it, this project is a pretty big challenge. After my first failure, I changed the strategy a little, tried a couple of different ways to approach people…
But I’m still not quite there. Today I met this very nice guy, we talked about photography and cars, and busses and walking paths – just an encounter in the Transport Museum. A very sweet conversation which lasted almost an hour (I got late for my workshop). Still, at the moment I even mentioned a documentary and a camera, he said ‘no’.
While talking about it with a friend, I kind of figured out some possible reasons why I fail.
I guess most people don’t like being in focus of anything. They like to give opinion, yes. But not ‘tell a story’. I was thinking about vox pops vs. sit down interviews… I suppose if I tell the person that I would like to film their reaction to a certain topic (which we’d already talked about), probably as part of a bigger context it would not make them feel that uncomfortable – they would be in front of a camera, but feeling that they contribute to a discussion.
Another idea I got was to focus on the ‘Working people’ part of the brief. To say that I’m making a film about different professions, or that this is a project about the public sector (which is valid for a lot of people I encounter – most of them work in the public sector), it could be a good ‘excuse’, something that justifies the project. Actually, we are making films about working people, and we’re part of a public institution.
I’ll have to just try to gain the trust of people until I succeed or fail miserably.