They’ve been doing a documentary on Matt Weber for a pretty long time, and a few months ago I ended up on film because i was having breakfast with Matt on the east side. I was “on” that morning and they decided they wanted to do more with me. So they’ll arrive this morning at my apt. at 10:30 a.m.
HOW I FEEL ABOUT IT
Only problem: I’m in a miserable mood. I’ve had a bad toothache for a few days and have been applying a concoction of Vodka, Orajel and red-pepper to it every night; and haven’t been sleeping well and yesterday I was eating something and the back molar cracked in half. One half fell out, the other half is still dangling there.
Since I’m phobic of dentists (and doctors) I didn’t just make an appointment when I should have; and even now I’m thinking maybe I’ll just pull the thing out myself.
The house has been filled with cartons lately from a couple of mat deliveries, so I got up early and got rid of them; but I don’t feel much like cleaning up (do i ever?) and I’m thinking I’ll just let them in and see the place as it really is. Yes, the cameras will be turned on me and my abode, and there is no plot that I know of so I’ll have to suck it up and see if I can return to the more “up” Beckerman that they saw last time.
They sort of picked a bad day (for me) to do this, plus, although I’ve had a few sales lately, between the tooth, not having dental insurance, and knowing what it will cost to fix this tooth (it’s a little bit more complicated than I’m making it because I have a BRIDGE). and it is a Bridge Too Far. which is to say that part of the bridge is attached to that dangling molar.
If I were on the other side of the camera – I wouldn’t care about the tooth, would I? No. I have photographed people in the most dire conditions. so now it’s my turn.
UPDATE: A FEW DAYS LATER. MY TOOTH WILL BE TAKEN CARE OF TODAY. UGH.
I’ll definitely have my camera around so i can get some shots of the crew (two people, one video, one sound) – and whatever happens happens. or as the French say: c’est la vie (that’s life).
“That’s Life. That’s what all the people say.
Riding high in April – shot down in May.”
the 15 minutes of fame blog post.
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Finished with the shoot. It made me nervous at first to have that camera with the lights pointing at me, and a mike clipped to my shirt, but eventually I relaxed. I guess they were here for about two hours in the apartment, and then we went out and they filmed me shooting in the rain – which really is my natural environment. By then it was fun, and I was goofing around. I enjoyed being around the young filmmakers. It brings back memories. No, I wouldn’t want to do it again – that part of my life is done with, but it is a pleasure to see how much enthusiasm they have for their work, and what issues they’ve got to overcome.
Will toss a few images in the post later. Oh, Buddy did hiss at Arlene a few times, and turned on Dan for a moment or two. No one understood why he was hissing, but I knew: they were crowding in on “his spot.” He has a few spots in the house, and in the hallway that are his territory. If you place yourself on those spots, he will defend them.
Here are a few I took after the shoot was finished and they were wrapping up (ASA 1600, f1.4)
From left to right: Matt, Arlene, Dan
They brave the rain…
I test to see how close they can focus with that thing…
I stand on the corner for a while until some school kids come out, and they’re all excited about something
but don’t ask me what… and I plunge in… so now they’ve got film of a street shot happening…