birdrhetorics asked:
So, can you talk about your process for making movies while being blind? What kind of a camera do you use?

neil-gaiman:

loveisvisuallyimpaired:

I try to create films from my perspective.  I like to do most of the work, I write my own stuff, direct, film and edit.  I’m interested in films that are from my perspective specifically since it’s different than so many peoples. I’m interested mostly in independent work, I can work with other people but my visions are always very clear and I want to create them within my own means.  I do have trouble getting things in focus on a camera to be perfectly honest but as long as I’m creating something that is beautiful to me then I’m sure someone else can find it beautiful.  I love composing shots and I tend to put the camera in a place where sighted people wouldn’t necessarily put it.

I could go on for days about the content of my films but mostly I like making films that feature the less featured people of this world.  I’m less interested in the average and overdone heroes, I like complicated stories about people who are more realistic and less represented.  I want everyone to see themselves in my films but especially people who never get to see themselves so blatantly.  I know I never saw a young blind girl in film, I want everyone to have a chance to see someone with their unique struggles.

As for cameras, I tend to use the different cameras provided for different classes at my University.  Each class has a different camera available to students, so I’ve gotten to use a Sony EA50, NEX-FS100, PMW-EX1 and a Panasonic HMC150.  When I’m not making something for a course I just use a Canon T3i since it’s a lot cheaper.

My fairy goddaughter Sky. So proud of her.

[W]ords evaporate like water in a dish
leaving you with a sense of something meant,
but not the memory of what was said,
or how, or when.
Things stay as they are (call them facts)
even with the names you learn to give them;
poems (you tell yourself) are so many ways
of naming things you’ve seen
once and may not see again,
except for tricks of remembering;
for words forget themselves
and move among the things you cannot name,
and what you know by touch and tact
seems merely a vanishing thing.

- Vinay Dharwadker, from Words and Things” The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets (Bloodaxe Books, 2009)

(Source: litafficionado)