One of the first things you learn when studying cinematography is that a handheld shot (shakier footage) creates high emotional stakes. I always think of home movies, made with an old camcorder then lost in a pile of other seemingly more important memorial remnants. In some ways I hate them and wish I could purge them from existence; however, in other ways, they remind me of hot summers and plans that fall through as soon as autumn hits. Now that my days of running around making hypothetical plans have seemingly come to an end, I find myself nostalgic for the things I said I would do but never did. I wonder what would be different if I had actually sent letters to that person every week, or if I had taught myself to skate. Anyway, here’s to those shaky homemade movies that you want to burn but never will. The playlist can be found here.
Nostalgia for an Almost (AKA Wistful Home Movies)
I’m sure the days of hypothetical plan-making aren’t over yet, but until then, I hope you are able to find some semblance of relief in the shared nostalgia for an almost.
Elizabeth Selberg is a sophomore at Simon's Rock and the Vice Editor in Chief of The Weekly Cad.