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Nov 20 / Caro

Thomas at Three: A Video Interview

I’ve been conscious recently of the fact that I’m forgetful when it comes to recording video clips of Thomas. Whilst photographs, and even written words, serve as a wonderful record of our lives together, there are certain things that only video can capture. The actual sound of his voice. The way he says certain words. The way he moves.

I know this, but it’s still not become as much of a habit to capture film footage as still photographs. And even when I do record what we get up to, I’ve always been hopeless at actually editing that footage and doing anything more than letting it sit on a hard drive. In fact, I’ve only recently learned how to edit videos. But having learned the basics, I’ve still been reluctant to share too many. Partly because I’m conscious of my very fledgling video skills, and nothing I put together looks very inspired or aesthetically pleasing. But it’s also because I’m one of those people who really, really hates the sound of my own voice.

When I saw Chloe’s video interviews on her blog, however, I have to admit to being inspired. And now I’ve shamelessly stolen the idea; A way to edit a conversation with my little boy without my voice being included (okay, okay.. it’s in there once!) and to capture the things that interest and excite him at just turned three years old all in his own inimitable way.

So here is the result.

Given that Thomas is going through a bit of a camera-shy phase, I had no idea how it would go down. But he was surprisingly excited by the idea and co-operated for much longer than I’d predicted. Of course, not all of the answers are exactly what I might have predicted either. I’d have added his obsession with “Thomas wooden railway collection” videos to the question about YouTube videos. If I’d tried to pick his favourite book, the list would have been much, much longer and whilst his answer would have been in there, I would not have put it at number one.

However, the overall impression you might get from this video is of a boy obsessed with trains, Buzz Lightyear and counting. And that would be an incredibly accurate picture of my little boy at just turned three years old!

 

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  1. Carie / Nov 21 2014

    Oh that’s such a sweet video – I love his enthusiasm for pendelino trains – you’re going to have to take him on one soon!!

  2. Chloe / Nov 21 2014

    Ahaha that is exactly the sort of response I’d get if I asked Arlo who his favourite person was! And yes, repalcing your voice with captions is SOOO much nicer than listening to your own voice repeatedly whilst editing!

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