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This clip is taken from the 60-minute video, Raphaël Confiant Speaks, produced by Mosaic Media Arts and videotaped and edited by Full Duck Productions. The video presents a lecture Confiant gave at the International Conference of Caribbean Literature held in Martinique in November, 2001.
The prolific French Caribbean writer from Martinique, who writes in both French and Creole, gave this keynote speech in which he describes his evolution as a writer, his passion for Creole culture and issues of French writers.
This video was videotaped and edited by Full Duck Productions and produced by Mosaic Media. The video presents a lecture given by Raphaël Confiant as the Keynote Speech at the 4th International Conference on Caribbean Literature, Trois-Ilets, Martinique, November 7, 2001. Confiant describes his evolution as a writer, his passion for Creole culture and the history of the literary movements of Négritude, Créolité and Antillanité. He also addresses the current preoccupations of contemporary French Caribbean writers, including his own.
Challenge: Videotape a speech given in a crowded room without an opportunity to set up lights or the stage. Videotape only people in the room who have given their permission. Keep continuity and record every word with one camera.
Solution: Full Duck obtained permission from the speaker to videotape the speech. Then Full Duck requested of the house management that the lights be turned on high and set the camera on a level above heads in the crowd. Full Duck used a combination of wide shots of the stage and closeups of Confiant, moving the lens slowly and carefully in anticipation of not having appropriate cutaways to edit the program.
What the Critics Say
… For the Confiant video, I showed the whole thing in one sitting and it was as if Confiant were there giving us a lecture. It was most useful in my tying together the main threads of my course. Dr. Bonnie Thomas, European Languages & Studies, The University of Western Australia