Fake vs Real - my thoughts

Posted by Sally

Just read Hal’s post on our discussion about real and fake in L.A. It was a good post although I don’t think he totally understood what I was getting at in those Hollywood Hills. And perhaps neither did I. Reading his post allowed me to sort through some of my own thoughts. Here was my reply:

You know, it’s difficult to get everything completely happening at the moment, in the real. There will always inevitably be an element of staged fakery because you have a camera crew and scheduling issues and all sorts of crap that you have to deal with in film life that doesn’t happen in real life. Still, you’d be surprised how real some of that is! For example, in the cell phone scene, although we had pre-bought the phone (completely unavoidable since we got a free one from Nokia and had to arrange for it in advance) we made sure to film Hal getting that phone for real for the first time and to just see how he reacted. It was totally real and very funny..because he was completely befuddled!

Similarly, even when we filmed him in the shower and doing the gardening, that stuff was pretty good because once he started actually doing it for real he just settled into his normal routine and we started getting some good stuff.

My biggest disappointment in the footage so far was in fact the interview which was the most ‘real’ component of the shoot. Hal and I talked about that and he confessed that his mind was elsewhere. He was getting ready for the big book tour and really hadn’t switched over to thinking clearly about the doc. In a way Hal was ‘faking it’ and that showed.

So it’s a combination of elements that are fusing together and developing into a rhythm. I think once Hal says good-bye to the book and really embraces the concept of the film it’ll start to jive. What I noticed with Hal on his tour is that he always has to be ‘on’ for his audience, and sometimes that was really tough! I was very impressed by the way he gave every little book store gathering the same presentation no matter what the size of the audience. He’s a real pro. I think up until now, however, the documentary has felt like just another book store presentation…and we are his audience. So that’s really where the fake feeling comes into it.

It’s up to me as a director to make that transition work and to make Hal feel comfortable. A challenge I will be pondering over the next week or so!


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Emmalene Pruden

I really enjoy the fact that the faking thing has been brought to light.

One thing I do have to say is that just because there are cameras around does not mean it is automatically faking. For someone who is already peeping, the camera is the ‘audience’ but because people can choose whether or not to watch it, there is no need to be ‘on’

I think Hal needs to just stop thinking and throw caution to the wind. Then everything will come across as real…cause well, it will be.

Best of luck and I can’t wait to see the newest updates






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