|Still Photo of observation of petting a black & white cat.|
Monday, February 4, 2013
Social Interaction With an Unpredictable Object
This blog post is about the restaging process of a between an unpredictable object and myself. The object is a mammal, a cat. The video clip documents my hand petting the cat in conjunction with the cat’s body language.
The unpredictable variable in the restaging process is the cat’s behavior. An example is the cat could become distracted while filming and jump off the white background set-up. The cat was introduced to the studio area before filming occurred.
Even with this introduction there is no guarantee about the cat’s behavior. The cat enjoyed the warmth from the studio lights. It was at least ten minutes into the petting process before the record button was pushed on the video camera.
The cat seemed relaxed on the background. I could tell he felt the situation was safe, because I could hear his purring. The cat would also put his head up toward my hand when I reached to pet him. Another sign he wanted further attention is he rolled over on his back several times to allow me to pet him on his stomach. He did move while filming, this section was edited, and his back was toward the camera at the end of the restaging.
To see the clip “Petting a Black & White Cat” view the January 2013 Interaction With Color Collection.