Video Essay: Bananas, Sardines and Sharks
Delve.tv, January 2015
I originally wanted to make a video essay about an ordinary everyday object that we take for granted. Can a banana be fascinating? As soon as I started research, I realised there was actually an incredible story behind this innocent looking fruit, involving corporate greed, communism, the CIA and a deadly civil war. This is the most sophisticated video essay I have made so far, both narratively and visually. I use an ironic story structure which convinces the audience of one thing, before proving their assumption false. At the climax, I force them to revisit the first idea, now laden with dark irony. This was the first film which I storyboarded before writing the script, which had a big effect on the outcome: a lot more ideas are expressed visually, or dramatically; some don't require words at all.