With grandparents living near and far (and when I say far, I mean 'other country' far), the pressure to film Tom (and travel to and fro) is fairly high. We forget quite lot (the filming I mean, not the travelling - we're good at remembering to do that) and Tom isn't really one for cooperating. The moment the camera comes on he usually does one of three things:
- clams up
- grabs the camera or
- demands to see himself on playback.
One has to wait until he's absorbed completely in something else, like admiring his new bed for the first time for example, to capture his essential 'Tomness' - that or film him secretly as they do at AV UK.
Anyways, although this clip doesn't feature a great deal of Tom talking (you'll have to take it from me that he had been shouting incessantly about 'airplanes', tractors, mountains and heaven knows what since arriving at the airport) it does capture something of his character and demonstrates, for any movie directors out there looking for a cute kid with cochlear implants to star in your next blockbuster, that he can take direction.
It also involves me experimenting with a bit of background music, stupid titles and credits. For grandparents and other relatives I am hoping this will be seen as 'cute' rather than overly schmaltzy. Anyone else who happens on this, forgive me.
And, on reflection, he's over three feet high. Damn.
Two Feet High and Smiling on Vimeo