The New York Times recently wrote an article on an entertaining short film called Verbatim: What Is a Photocopier? The film is based word for word on an excerpt of an Ohio Supreme Court legal transcript. The case explored the definition of the photocopier.
The film’s director, Brent Weiner, explains:
In this short film, I sought to creatively reinterpret the original events. (I’ve not been able to locate any original video recordings, so I’m unsure how closely my actors’ appearance and delivery resembles the original participants.) My primary rule was the performance had to be verbatim — no words could be modified or changed from the original legal transcripts. Nor did I internally edit the document to compress time. What you see is, word for word, an excerpt from what the record shows to have actually unfolded. However, I did give the actors creative range to craft their performances. As such, this is a hybrid of documentary and fiction. We’ve taken creative liberties in the staging and performance to imbue the material with our own perspectives.
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