Today I filmed a stopmotion in a public park.
When I started, I figured I was going to regret it. There were people everywhere, strolling around in huge crowds, lying on the grass, taking photos, eating lunch and exploring the area. I hid my doll in a big grocery bag, and I kept her tight to my side. I desperatley wanted to film, but I was just too scared. There were so many people around me, and the whole park was wide open, with no secluded place to film. I wandered farther and farther into the park, through the gardens and as far back on the edge as I could. Even in the far reaches, there were hoards of people strolling around. No matter where I went, people would be able to see me. I took a deep breath. I took out my tripod, my camera and my doll.... and I began to film.
People stared. There is no question about it. Every time a crowd walked by, they would slow down- sometimes even taking pictures of me and asking me questions. A few little girls recognized my american girl doll and ran to tell their moms. (surprising, considering that all of this took place in Canada, where american girl dolls are not sold, and I would expect very few people to know about AG.) A little old lady asked to take pictures of my doll, and so we did a little photoshoot together. I caught a twenty-something year old guy taking a video of me with his phone, but I didnt do anything. It would be even more embarassing to confront him about filming me. A few middle aged men stopped to share their expertise on stopmotion. One of them even went on to grab his wife and let her have a look at "the artist at work". By late afternoon, I was completley used to people stopping to watch me. I barley even took notice. At one point, I turned around to see a group of 5 people with their phones out, taking photos of me, and another couple staring and wispering to each other. It was a little bit weird.
It was not all bad though. A group of people stopped to ask me what I was doing, and after I explained the proccess of making stopmotions, they asked me what I did with videos. I explained AGyoutube to them, and they listened intently. They even asked me for my username. In fact, they are looking me up tonight. It is really exciting actually, to think that I made some new friends (and possibly some new fans) because I filmed in a public place where they were walking.
The whole experience was a little scary and awkward, but now I feel SO much more confident filming in public. I survived people taking a billion photos of me, asking me questions and staring at me. Now I feel like I can do anything.
For a sneak peek of the stopmotion: http://www.flickr.com/photos/64817574@N02/7635059740/in/photostream
The story behind it all....
In September of 2009, a pre-teen girl named Anna was searching youtube. She no longer used her american girl dolls. they were behind the closet doors, gathering dust. She reluctantly glanced over, then began to type in the search bar: American Girl Dolls. A video came up. She clicked on it. 14 coustumed dolls slid onto the screen and began to dance together, waving their arms and doing cartwheels. Anna was shocked. How could this be possible? This was.... Amazing. She quickly searched a few more. There were hudreds of videos, by usernames like stephenswodadancer, AGlovejess and girloftheyearstudios. Anna couldn't believe it. This new discovery was incredible! She ran to her room and pulled out her two dolls, felicity and samantha. She grabbed her camera. And, she began to film.
It is now four years later. I work on videos almost everyday, usually stopmotions. I have gathered quite a few veiws and subscribers on youtube, and I really appriciate when people comment on my videos. I have come unbelievibly far, but I still leave up those first videos from two years ago, because for me, those are the memories that I will always treasure. I am so happy that I can share them with you.