By Alice Burden
LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU
I’m a show off. I cannot help but try to make people laugh. I was asked to make a 4 minute video about a passion in preparation for this course. I don’t think my passion itself would seem particularly exciting to many people. To me, it’s something which is relaxing, simple but very rewarding. Even so, I couldn’t resist making a film which I believe has lots of humour and entertaining elements.
I think, perhaps, I did this because I’m worried people will get bored. I, myself, am a very impatient person. I am not one of those people who has to finish a book if I’m not enjoying it; why put yourself through the pain? I will happily leave a movie half way and not worry about the ending. And I certainly have no qualms about leaving a comedy show if I’m falling asleep. So when I’m asked to make something, which others will watch, I’m inclined to make it as funny as I can. I think it also helps to keep myself entertained. If I don’t enjoy what I’m doing, then what’s the point of doing it? I would have struggled to get the film done if I’d not enjoyed the editing part of it as well. There’s also the fact that this is the first thing my cohort will see of mine, I don’t want them to think of me as dull! I want people to like me… but I also worry about going a step too far left-field and everyone thinking I’m a bit odd!
Being funny is largely a good thing, it allows me to convey messages which might seem too delicate for some in a lighter way, or I can spruce up a very boring topic to make it more interesting. However, it does have its downsides. As I said before, I might come across as a complete weirdo, or I might get too involved in the humour and forget about the story I’m meant to be telling. It also means I have struggled to create deep emotional work, and I think this is going to be my biggest weakness when I start at SCA.
I’m not trying to say that I am a joker all of the time. Where there is light, there is also darkness. I can be quite a particular person; I know what I like and I’m usually quite honest about it – it drives my family mad. Comedians are often very empathetic people, that’s how they can write such observational material. I’m sensitive too; I’m one of those people who cries at adverts. If I hone these more serious characteristics of myself when creating work, I believe I can create more meaningful, sincere… and even corporate work.
I’m fully aware that this whole post has very little humour, which is pretty ironic, but perhaps it’s a good a start towards my journey of serious contemplation. For now though, I’m looking forward to hearing what my classmates make of my daft old film and I’m crossing my fingers that they don’t think I’m completely and utterly bonkers!