Akbar Simonse as Pictureman.
Just decided to blog in English from now on, for Media Me, you’re in my story is an international project.
Media Me, your’e in my story is the title of a new film to be made, that wants to dramatise the Digital Revolution in a poetic and reflective way. There are nine scenes with each one DR theme: identity, privacy, education, branding, overload, entertainment, location, future and addiction.
We’re collecting material on this log.
There is a narrator, an ‘old man’, called Pictureman.
In Media Me we follow him, alone in his house and on the street. He’s got a beard, long gray hair and two hats. A summer hat and a winter hat. He’s a streetphotographer and lives in a big city.
Pictureman collects portraits, his passion is people. He puts them on Flickr. He doesn’t photograph flowers or plants. He’s got 707 contacts and over 3000 pictures on his Flickr account. Privacy is a total non isue for him; there’s nothing to hide. His real name is Akbar Simonse.
For collecting video material for MM, we’re going to medialise Akbar Simonse.
As a kind of ‘model’, he’ll be put in different settings and surroundings. We’ll film him in his own house, with his computer. But also in hotelrooms, in high-tech livingrooms with luxurous balconies, in CAVES, and of course, on the street.
How the final story will go, no one knows. Is he a traveller?
Akbar Simonse lives in The Hague, Netherlands.
Three camera(wo)men are working on the project right now: Ronnie Griens, René Willenborg and Matthijs Treurniet, student HKU/ AV.
Style: Documentary, with elements of fiction.
Sounds, voice-overs, texts and music will be added in a later phase: the final edit. We start with silent images only.
As I work in an intuitive and associative way at this moment, everything is possible from now on. There is no script, just one man, with a photocamera and a computer. His window to the world, and mirror at the same time.
Suggestions for plots and story developments are welcome! Last suggestion is to make it a silent movie. But that may be a bit too ambitious.
We’ve just finished our first day of recordings. It went very well. Today we’re going to make a first selection.
To be continued.