Visual – wakeup5am

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:01 – There is a man. He seems to be snapping his fingers. His eyes are super wide. There’s a table. He’s looking at whatever is under the table. Maybe he’s trying to get his dog’s attention? He looks confused.

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:02 – Still the same man. The camera angle barely shows his face. He’s still looking under the table. His eye brows are raised. His face looks as if he’s unsure of what he’s looking at.

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:03 – Now there’s a woman. She’s pushing something. There seem to be children’s toys on the handle of what she’s pushing. I’m going to assume she’s pushing a child around in a stroller. She’s looking down, I can’t tell whether she’s looking at the child, or the ground of where she’s walking.

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:04 – There is a woman. A man is standing behind her. She’s taking a picture of something. Everything is super blurry. Nothing is in focus. The man is wearing a flannel, it must be fall time.

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:05 – Still the same couple. The lady is still trying to take a picture. The man is barely there anymore. You can only see half of the woman’s face. It looks like she doesn’t have a ring on her finger. Maybe they’re not married. There are a lot of shelves in the background. Maybe they’re collectors, or just very nice decorators.

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:06 – This is a very nice ceiling.

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:07 – There is a woman. There are peas on a spoon. She’s either eating the peas or feeding them to someone. I’m going to assume she’s feeding a baby. It looks like a high chair. A lot is blurred out. I believe there is a person in the background, but I’m unsure. The spoon is the only thing in focus.

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:08 – Still a woman, feeding a baby peas.

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:09 – Now we’re in a car. There is a person in the passenger’s seat looking into the back seat. I can’t tell if it’s a man or a woman. They’re driving at night time. I can’t see the driver, maybe it’s a ghost driver. The face of the passenger looks very concerned, very confused.

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:10 – The passenger is saying something. They’re still looking in the back seat. Maybe they’re yelling at they’re fighting children. Or maybe they have a pet in the back seat. His/her face still looks very concerned. It’s still night time.

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:11 – I think the passenger is a woman, judging by her cheek bones. She seems to have a concerned smile on her face, but a smile nonetheless. They’re still in the car, they must be coming home from somewhere since it’s night time. She seems very invested as to whatever is in the back seat.

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:12 – Definitely a woman. She’s shopping somewhere, I’m going to guess a grocery store considering she has a shopping cart. She’s for sure engaged, and by the size of her ring her fiancé makes good money. Her nails are done, so she must make good money as well. We can’t se her eyes. Her hands are the only thing in focus, everything else is blurry.

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:13 – She’s showing off her ring. She has a smile on her face, so she must be happy. The shopping cart is the only thing in focus.

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:14 – It’s a woman. She’s talking. Maybe she’s talking to herself. She’s wearing a sweatshirt, so maybe she’s cold. The camera is at a weird angle, so you can’t really see anything.

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:15 – The child is in focus. I think the people in the back are the child’s parents. The word “maybe” is on the screen. I have no idea what it could possibly mean. “maybe” they’re not the child’s parents. “Maybe” the child isn’t a child, but it really an alien.

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:16 – “Maybe is all you need” appears on the screen with a white back drop.

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:17 – “Maybe is all you need to find out more about autism” appears on the screen with a white back drop. So now I’m assuming this whole commercial has to do with autism awareness. This stays on the screen for the next ten seconds.

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:27 – So the commercial is about autism awareness.

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2 Responses to Visual – wakeup5am

  1. wakeup5am says:

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  2. davidbdale says:

    01. Industrial table? Kitchen table? Is he at work or at home? We may not know for sure, but as viewers, we start to decide immediately. What was your impression? Remember, you’re the readers’ only source of information. We can see only what you tell us. Is his race relevant? We may not know yet, but we can’t guess what you’re looking at.

    03. Is race relevant yet? She’s pushing a stroller decorated with a chain of blue stuffed monkeys. That’s her right hand on the handle, and she’s looking down further to her right, at least in your still, so she’s not looking at the child. Right? What’s that look on her face? Fear? Concern?

    04. 05. 06. Odd. I see a wedding band. You don’t? Implication: they’re married and photographing their child (always below them)(unlikely there’s a dog in the stroller)? Implication of the ceiling? This is a Point-of-View angle, so the gaze of the subject is not held by the parents and wanders to the random ceiling. Eye contact problem.

    07. 08. What I see in the series of images that follow is the people forced to the outside edge of the frame and mostly out of focus, while the point of view of the subject is on inanimate things: spoon, streetlights, shopping cart handle, sweatshirt, nothing.

    When you get to the end of the video and have expressed your confusion about what it all might mean, wakeup5am, return to the beginning with your new awareness and watch again, still without the sound, to see what sense you can make of the images knowing they have something to do with autism.

    Then, either go back through shot by shot to add an AFTER commentary to your BEFORE commentary . . .
    OR . . .
    Add a separate section to the bottom, after the 27 notes, to explain how (or whether) your comprehension improved with the new information.

    Is this helpful advice? Reply, please.

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