Documentary maker using false eye camera
You might be wondering about the title of that story, but believe me it really is true. A documentary maker who has a false eye is having a new prosthetic eye made that contains a video camera which he will use to film a documentary.
It does sound insane doesn’t it, but believe me it’s actually happening, and the film-maker will have a camera, battery and wireless transmitter inserted in a specialist prosthetic eye in order to create the film.
“Originally the whole idea was to do a documentary about surveillance. I thought I would become a sort of super hero…fighting for justice against surveillance…
…In Toronto there are 12,000 cameras. But the strange thing I discovered was that people don't care about the surveillance cameras, they were more concerned about me and my secret camera eye because they feel that is a worse invasion of their privacy.”
The idea, according to the story in Reuters, is to raise awareness about surveillance in society, and Rob Spence (I think that's him) has designed a prosthetic eye which contains a small circuit board with a camera, a battery and a wireless transmitter, making him the ultimate director with a very personal and hidden camera.
Apparently though he’s not going to create a reality show and film everything about himself, rather use it to capture footage of others.
“I don't want to go into a locker room. I don't want to show the world me going to the bathroom either…I'm not a life-caster and I don't plan to be one.”
You can read more about his film and what he has done over at the official site for the project. Here’s the opening blurb for what it’s all about:
“Take a one eyed film maker, an unemployed engineer, and a vision for something that's never been done before and you have yourself the EyeBorg Project. Rob Spence and Kosta Grammatis are trying to make history by embedding a video camera and a transmitter in a prosthetic eye. That eye is going in Robs eye socket, and will record the world from a perspective that's never been seen before.”
You can even follow the project on Twitter should you wish. Although it does kind of send a shiver down by body when I think about it, there’s something strangely fascinating about it all and it could provide for some amazing footage.
However just because the camera is unique that doesn’t mean the film will be a good one, that’s down to the footage gathered, the editing, and the story that’s been told. Something I’m rather keen to find out more about.