This is quite possibly the most boring and tedious credit sequence and prologue in the entire history of the recorded image.
“The Human Verb”
Sprang out of absolute boredom, the boredom of teaching a passive and apathetic audience. It was after the third or fourth time teaching a class on film that I decided the only way to wake people up was to have them actually take part in making a film.
There was no script, no professional actors, no lights, no sets, no planning of any kind. We picked a few random locations, arrived and immediately started filming. It was all shot with one rickety old tripod and an obscenely outdated and low-grade Sony Hi-8 camera.
I wanted to make it a silent film from the very initial stages for a few reasons:
1. Since I was the entire crew I didn’t want to have to deal with lugging around sound equipment.
2. I was not confident having the actors in the film improvise their dialog, but really, I’m just a cruel and sick bastard who likes putting horrible words into otherwise nice, normal folks’ mouths. (I didn’t tell any body what they were “saying” because I didn’t yet know; I cobbled together the “script” while editing, using an automatic approach; if I thought of it while I was cutting a scene, I included it.)
Did I mention that nothing was planned? I mean nothing.
We arrived on the locations, I looked around, decided where to point the camera and then stood behind it and yelled out direction to whomever happened to be standing in the frame.
This was all done out of hunger, boredom as I called it earlier… just an exercise to see if I could make something out of nothing, just an exercise to try and stave off the atrophy. I used the following quote from Andre Breton to open the film:
"...To restore the human verb to its original innocence and creative power."
So no, this isn’t a serious film, no it isn’t something I’m exactly proud of, but at the same time I’m certainly not ashamed… we acted, we did something instead of nothing and it was a lot of fun... and I like to preserve feelings like that. So here it is.
The Human Verb
Section 1 - Credits and Prologue
Section 2 - Part 1: Fieldwork
Section 3 – Part 2: The Worm
Section 4 – Part 8: The Human Erase
Section 5 – Part ∞: Deliverance; Liberation; Enlightenment… Creation.
Written, Directed, Shot and Edited by Jonathan Douglas Duran