Joe Gilbert - Documentary Showreel
Updated showreel which features new clips from my latest documentary - ‘English 3.0’
Pose is a 5-minute documentary that explores how people, mainly tourists, act when their photograph is taken. Posing is inherently unnatural. It is a projection of how that person(s) wants others to see them – happy and attractive. These photographs act as mementos, something special to show family and friends.
This film will also look at a recent trend that has revolutionised posing – the selfie. As many people now own a smartphone, more and more choose to take pictures of themselves. What is revealed is a much more intimate process. The individual has complete control over the photograph, allowing for the ‘perfect’ one to get eventually taken. It is interesting to note how people are totally uninhibited by this and don’t appear to care if others see them doing it. Smartphones have also brought another new dimension to the pose – sharing. Selfie’s are nearly always uploaded to social media sites, such as Facebook and Instagram moments after they are taken. What people are doing today is inadvertently showing off to the world about all the interesting things they are getting up to. We have a digital version of ourselves.
This has particular significance now, as it was recently announced ‘selfie’ was selected as word of the year by the Oxford English Dictionary.
The film will be shot observationally, with a zoom lens, as tourists/couples/individuals pose for photographs in and around the centre of London. They will be tightly framed, mostly close up shots to convey the detail and intimacy. There will be no dialogue or voiceover with the intention that the viewer by solely focused on the individuals.
Interviews from my latest film - English 3.0.
Featuring David Crystal, Tom Chatfield, Fiona McPherson and Robert McCrum
This film explores how the internet has affected the way we write and speak today.
Joe Gilbert is a documentary filmmaker based in South West England, who graduated from the University for the Creative Arts in 2013 with a BA (Hons) in Film Production.
His ethos is to bring to life academic subjects you would usually see in a text book to the screen, which can be accessible by anyone and everyone.