Eiija Liisa Ahtila, Gray: Absurdity of the Nuclear Family.
The video definitely was dated yet provoked a eerie mood. The camera work followed the subjects and the subjects in turn would look directly at the camera as if it were apart of the scene. There were moments at the beginning where then dialogue overlapped one another. It was hectic yet controlled. The captions at the bottom helped with understanding the somewhat scattered dialogue but the fact that I was trying to read and understanding and comprehend the actions made the scenes even more unstable. Having all women constantly talking and having no real deviation from tone played even more toward the uncomfortable tone. The subject to subject camera jumping managed to keep the small space the women were in, much more interesting despite the lack of color and real sense of living.
William Wegman, Two Dogs and a Ball: Featuring Two Weimaraners
I obviously chose to watch this video because I knew there were dog in it. For being a silent film in a sense, I felt it relied on the only two subjects to really keep interest. Which it did. Its a familiar scene Im sure most pet owners, especially ones with dogs have witnessed. There is a sense of joy and whimsy as you watched the two dogs continue to follow this ball around the entirety of the room. Even the lack of "dialogue" didn't stop both dog from showing a glimpse of their personalities through body language and attention to detail. The dog filmed on the right was super attentive and if the information were true, the dog of the owner. There was a tie to the ball that stuck with the dog on the right. The dog on the left however seemed more likely to lose interest as the ball became more and more elusive. Both dogs kept the attention of the audience yet their own attention was out of the audiences reach until the very end. Clever and adorable.