April 20, 2015
The Leopard And The Baboon: The Staging of a 1966 Classic Image
If I saw a little baby gazelle and a cheetah coming along about to pounce on it, if I nipped out of the Landrover and said boo to the cheetah… Well to start with it might say something quite rude to me back, but apart from that then you would have frightened the baby gazelle, and a cheetah which would perhaps go away and have to attack another baby gazelle. The little baby gazelle would be so traumatised it would be lost, so you actually make things far worse by interfering than not. If you’re a film cameraman you are trained as it were to be the observer, a non-participant. That’s very important.