The Runners

This short film reminds me of HONY (humans of new york) but in video form. I think the idea of asking people these questions when they are in this vulnerable, un-expecting state is really interesting. They are not ready for it and will have a clear mind whilst running through the park, so their answers are very open and truthful.

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‘We were trying to understand what goes on in the minds of runners as they charge through the streets. What does it do to them and what can we find out about ourselves by interrupting them at this moment of vulnerability and clarity?’

I think the way they made this video was really creative, ‘I was sitting on a plastic stool being pulled backwards by a bicycle’. It worked really well and captured the runners head on while they are running, this made the video seem really personal and as though you actually running with them. To say it is all recorded live is impressive, its very clear and the audio is crisp.

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‘After a couple of early rejections (“No sorry.” and, “Erm I’d rather not, thanks.”) Rochlitz made contact with man running aggressively through the autumn leaves with his headphones on. The conversation started with “Why are you running today?” and quickly led to the story of his father, for whom he was running the marathon, and his dementia.’

 

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‘The honesty and clarity with which the stranger expressed his love for his father, opening his arms wide as he ran, was humbling. He looked at us without questioning where we were from, or why we were interested. He just told us how he felt. In a situation in which he might otherwise be vulnerable and cornered, he was strong and clear.’

I think this video is inspiring and lovely to watch, it never gets old. It shows raw humanity, people laid bare, saying things that they probably wouldn’t of dreamt of telling a complete stranger.

 

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/the-running-blog/2013/nov/15/the-runners-film-interviewing-people-jogging

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