A caged cockatoo interrupts a lady while she is talking, so she decides to film it. The sight of the camera immediately captures the attention of the cockatoo. It places one of its claws on the cage bar in anticipation. But as the lady starts talking, the cockatoo starts climbing the cage. Once it reaches the top of the cage, it turns its head sideways and appears to listen.
Then, the cockatoo attempts to talk. It’s unlike any sound a normal cockatoo makes. After its first couple of words, the cockatoo rests for a moment. It is perched high in the cage with both claws holding on to the same cage bar. The claws are separated by at least six inches. It looks similar to a singer on stage holding a microphone attached to a pole. The cockatoo leans its head back and starts talking again. It finishes its statement by leaning to one-side and nodding its head.
The outbursts of the cockatoo interrupt the videographer. She tries to talk to the cockatoo, but the cockatoo isn’t interested. In fact, it ignores her request for silence. The cockatoo continues with its short statements and fancy poses.
The movements of the cockatoo start to match the intensity of its vocalization. A head thrust in the direction of the videographer might cause her to stop filming. But the cockatoo’s effort is in vain. The lady continues asking the cockatoo if she can finish talking. So the cockatoo gives up and abandons its perch high atop the cage and descends down the single bar it held.
The cockatoo turns its head away from the camera and shows its back. It continues to express its displeasure at the videographer with noisy outbursts. The videographer relents and decides to stop filming, or at least that’s where this video ends.
There’s not much that can be said about this encounter between bird and lady. It might be understood in the context of television and show business. Actors have an odd relationship with the camera and the audience. Throw in the background people operating all the film and sound equipment and an interesting dynamic is certain to develop.
The last ingredient is the director, who has to talk to the actor and give direction. If the actor isn’t listening then the director has to stop filming. That’s just how it is. The actor can’t decide what appears on television, that’s up to the censors.
What do you think?