Overall Project Description:
The auctioneer chant is a remarkable skill. These professional wordsmiths have trained in such a way that merges the genres of speech, poetry, and rhyme into a practice that deserves the attention of a documentary film. I propose to create a short film that profiles one auctioneer. An interview with an auctioneer that will explain and showcase his/her talent is essential. I am interested in talking with a neuroscientist, cognitive scientist, or linguist about the ways in which the brain and speech are trained to produce this type of speech.
Relationship to General Topic of Mythology:
I am interested in the figure and the speech of the auctioneer as a myth in contemporary society. I am interested in considering why such speech has evolved as a mode for producing high-value exchanges in a public setting. Certainly, it engenders a feeling of excitability, and I am interested in asking an auctioneer to offer his/her thoughts on the psychology of the buyer.
Description of Component for Theatrical Presentation:
This piece will be cut into a short film at the requested length for the purpose of public presentation.
Description of Component for Print Publication: I would suggest we produce a transcript of an auctioneer’s chant. I would like to design and produce a limited edition archival print of this speech that could then be auctioned off.
Description of Component for Online: A video still with a project description. Perhaps, a very short youtube trailer?
Project Team: Include specific roles and number of participants necessary to execute
I would suggest that we try to maintain relatively traditional production roles, as this will make the requirements for collaboration a little more clear. I’m comfortable playing a number of roles in this project, however, I think outlining the process would be helpful for making this relatively fast turn-around possible.
Pre-production- I will allow for 2 weeks of pre-production. Securing the commitment of an auctioneer subject will be essential during this time. Expert interviews can be debated.
Production- 2 weeks – Interview, try to coordinate shooting a live auction with subject auctioneer
Post-production- 2 weeks
1-2 HD video cameras
Audio recording device,