Assignment 3, project 2: Adilzhan Baratov, Yernar Sarseyev, Amanat Musin

We had previously arranged that I would continue working on the photofilm and send in the completed version for us to discuss, but unfortunately I suffered a particularly acute bout of uveitis (used to be called iritis, basically an inflamed iris, which causes photophobia) and was unable to look at a computer screen for over a month until I had completely recovered. The treatment for this condition in UK is steroid eyedrops, which are not sold at all in Kazakhstan. Continue reading “Assignment 3, project 2: Adilzhan Baratov, Yernar Sarseyev, Amanat Musin”

Adilzhan Assignment 5 Tutor report form reflections

Although at times the image coincides with the voiceover to illustrate a point, I have avoided using a didactic approach. In this way I was able to incorporate images that Adilzhan and I feel reflect his life and attitude in general, rather than trying to match image and text exactly all the way through. This indeed creates space for absorption and meditation. Continue reading “Adilzhan Assignment 5 Tutor report form reflections”

Adilzhan Assignment 5

Although I had been having some doubts about ever being able to complete this project, Adilzhan finally came through and we managed to produce more than enough material to make a 3-minute film. I had filmed the interview with a view to combining still and moving image, but in the end I decided against using the moving footage because it didn’t necessarily add anything to the overall film and in fact made the whole thing much longer as I was unable to edit out a lot of the hesitations and false starts – something that I am able to do with the sound files. Continue reading “Adilzhan Assignment 5”

Assignment 3 Tutor report form reflections

At this stage I didn’t have the sound recording of Adilzhan, and was considering using a text slide to explain that several months had passed since our first meeting and that his situation had changed somewhat. Continue reading “Assignment 3 Tutor report form reflections”

Adilzhan Baratov – first visit

First visit

Adilzhan is no longer attending ARDI, but he keeps in close contact with some of the staff and disabled people who do attend the centre. He told me he left the centre since he wanted to develop himself more, and didn’t see much possibility of that happening at ARDI, though he says it did open up his horizons. Now he is working at a local workshop making handcrafts. Continue reading “Adilzhan Baratov – first visit”

Adilzhan – second visit

Second visit

Although I had practically given up hope on Adilzhan, he seems to have sorted out his issues and we have been able to meet up on numerous occasions. Nevertheless, his unreliability has made me keep him on a back burner, and I’m not sure if I’ll use the materials to make a film. In this series, he wanted me to show how he doesn’t just communicate with disabled people, but numbers among his friends able-bodied people as well. Continue reading “Adilzhan – second visit”