In “Setup,” I illustrate my self-portrait by concentrating on the ‘setup.’ Every performance I have experienced requires heavy preparation that usually takes much longer than the execution of the performance itself. I believe a person’s true character comes out in the preparation prior to a performance. By presenting the subject in a somewhat amateur fashion, the filmmaker (myself) gives the audience a peek into a more realistic side of the character. In showing myself before the actual moment in which I am supposed to “show myself,” I have invented a way for the audience to compare what is staged and what is actuality.
This mechanism is useful for playing with the ideas of fiction and non-fiction. By watching a person behave as if the camera is turned off, the audience can start to formulate the quirks and other personality traits of the actor. Once the person begins their performance, the audience already knows this behavior shift is a result of switching from casualness to showmanship. Though the performance is not shown in this video, the audience still gets to experience the discovery of a persona by this act of voyeurism. Playing with the themes of setup and performance allows this dance of fiction and non-fiction to occur.