Gilbert – A Documentary Short

A documentary short about Gilbert, the Beacon Hill “town crier.” For the last 9 years, since losing his job and becoming homeless, Gilbert has delivered the weather, sports, and breaking headlines from his spot on the Boston Common.

Music (used with permission) in this piece is called “Blue Bicycle” by Dusseldorf-based pianist / composer Volker Bertelmann also known as Hauschka.

Artistic Statement: This is the first in a series of profiles of people who I think are interesting, and who I see on almost a daily basis. I don’t want to limit the series to people who live “on the fringe,” but it would be appropriate to say that most of the people I interview are eclectic, eccentric, and just a little bit unique.

The art is in the viewing – but I hope to turn my lens on individuals that don’t always color in the lines, whether they can help it or not.

Tech: This was shot on a Sony EX1, 1080p 30p with a Letus Extreme 35mm Lens Adapter. I had a Zeiss Planar T* f1.4/85mm lens with the aperture wide open. The piece was edited in Final Cut Pro and color tweaked with Magic Bullet Looks.

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One Comment

  1. audrey
    Posted November 10, 2009 at 9:40 pm | Permalink

    i LOVE this piece.

    i absolutely aDORE profiles of people, characters, dimensions of humanity… fascinating.

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