What a wonderful moment I have captured, here.
Except it’s not captured, it’s not a “capture” at all. I knew what it was going to take to make Jessica bust up laughing, and I did it.
That’s the illusion, that it’s completely natural, that I just happened to be at the right place at the right time, but it’s part of the act. Getting the right kind of laugh, surprising her with what I say at the very moment she’s expecting it least.
And of course, I’m not in total control. I can anticipate her reaction, how broad she’ll go with her explosion of laughter, but I can’t know exactly what her hands will do, or if she’ll stay where I want in the frame. There’s always a bit of improv in the performance.
But I made Jessica laugh because I know how she looks laughing. I know how her body moves when she busts up. I’ve been watching her the entire shoot, paying careful attention, sometimes to the point I don’t always hear what she’s saying. Sometimes I don’t even hear what I’M saying, I’m so caught up in planning for a shot to come 2, 5, 10 minutes later.
I want to show you, the audience something about Jessica that is authentic, spontaneous. And to do it I will use every contrivance at my disposal.