Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The kid point of view

When I travel a long way by car I always have those little single serving boxes of raisins with me. They're a good snack and can keep your energy up if you're stuck on a stakeout or have a really long drive ahead of you.

Anyway, the last time I opened one up I noticed how small it looked in my hand. Sure, it was probably downsized, but it made me think back to grade school when my mom always put one of these in my lunchbox.

It wasn't that much bigger back then. My hand was smaller.

Which brings us to another pet peeve of mine, shooting stories about small children. Wow, I just love video of the tops of kids' heads. Or that interview of the child craning his neck, staring straight up while he gives an answer to a question.

The solution to shooting a good kid story: kneel down.

If you want to show the viewer what the world looks like from a five year old's point of view, you can't do it standing up with the camera on your shoulder. Crouch down, kneel, whatever. Get the camera down to the eye level of the child. Make the teacher look like a giant.

You see parents do it all the time. They crouch down or kneel to talk to their small children. You should do the same. To give the adult viewer the perspective of a small child, you have to get down to the kid's level with the camera.

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1 comment:

kelworthfiles said...

That's a good metaphor for writing for younger markets, too. I should practice my kneeling as I work on "The Gnomes are Missing!" (Both for getting into my young MCs headspace, and for the gnomes, dwarves, goblins, and the pixie best friend!)