Compressing the entirety of my thoughts on gender and race in media into four minutes is, of course, impossible. Certainly impossible to do in any sort of entertaining way. It’s just too complex an issue, and there are too many howevers. I hesitate to say it’s a complicated issue, because it’s more a large system of very simple issues, linked at odd angles.
I think the content of this episode serves as a somewhat fair summary of the beginning of my thoughts, if not on gender in media, at least gender on Jigsaw in particular. The issue of female characters has been on my mind for years, and I’m still not entirely sure how to address it long-term. The real question for me is not gender, but collaboration. If I’m going to bring anybody on-board as a regular or even irregular character (i.e. a puppeteer who actually voices their own puppet), it needs to be somebody with whom I can banter in the same manner as the existing cast do. These people exist, but it does take a bit of sacrifice to arrange it. It’s always been on my list of Things I Want. Just hasn’t happened yet.
In terms of technical aspects of this episode, this was the first time I’ve ever done a true two-camera shoot. Thanks to the fact that I brought the Flip home from work, I was able to cut back and forth (after the laborious process of synching the sound). Of course, I didn’t have the idea to treat it like a two-camera shoot until after I filmed, so the framing was a little odd. I decided not to care, since, well, there’s only so much Ninth Day of Xmas left in which to post a video. So.
Comments, as always, are encouraged.