One Minute Poetry Video: Sorry

Sorry was a poem I wrote last year at poetry club. I really liked how the simplicity of the lines and words were able to convey a deep issue that expanded over a lifetime.

The original plan was to use five female Asian actresses to recite two lines each and the idea was that they were the same character growing up throughout the video. However I found it difficult obtaining a teenaged Asian actress and in the end, decided to remove all the actresses and just keep the seven year old girl. I felt using a child would have a stronger impact, bringing innocence to the video and highlighting that we could resolve a lot of things if we are raised right from a young age. It was also a very short poem/video and having too many characters would have distracted the audience from the words which was the most important thing. So the limitation I faced in not being able to obtain all the actresses I wanted actually worked in my favour and made the video more powerful.

I initially imagined the video to be black and white, very sharp and clear with a high contrast to give it a serious tone. However, during the edit stage, I realised I preferred the soft, neutral colours more than the monotone palette and decided to keep it. I felt it amplified the characters personality and image a lot more, helping to strengthen the video visually.

This was my first film working with a child actress. Sophia was a pleasure to work with and I was really happy to find that she added a lot more dimension to the video than I had anticipated. Although when I played the video in my head, I heard the different voices of each actress however I didn't realise that they actually sounded a lot like me. Sophia’s voice was very youthful and innocent. I liked her accent and the clarity of her voice and I thought she really bought the character to life.