Surveillance Camera Man

Surveillance Camera Man

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Confused Asian Student

Confused Student

0:00 - 0:51

Student:"What are you doing"? SCM: Ah just taking a video. Student: Why are you taking a video without asking us? SCM: What? Student: Shouldn't you ask us first before taking a video? SCM: Oh you seem confused. Student: Yeah! You're not, We have this room and you just barge in. SCM: Oh. Student: Can you leave? Student: Dude, Whats your problem, can you just leave? SCM: Huh? Student: Can you ask us why you are taking a video? SCM: Im just taking a video. Student: OK! well i dont want to be taken a video of. SCM: Why are you so worried about it? Student: Im not worried you're just being annoying. SCM: Well look at it this way do you ever go out to the grocery store? Yah know how theres surveillance cameras everywhere? Student: Yeah? SCM: Not a big deal. Student: Ok? Well.... SCM: its just a video i mean...... Student: I know you're just being annoying.

SJW Class

SJW Class

0:51 - 1:44

SJW leader: ...if we do that with gender, why don't we do that with race? SJW leader: Hi. SCM: Oh hey. SJW leader: You are who? SCM: Huh? SJW leader: You are who? SCM: What do yah mean? SJW Class: Who are you and why are you taking our photo? SCM: Oh I'm taking a video. SJW class: Why? what we're asking SCM: What? Why not? SJW don't have permission to. SCM: Oh. SJW leader: Were not free subjects. SJW leader: You ask. SCM: Oh okay. SJW leader: It's usually how it works. SCM: Nah nah its fine I'm just taking a video SJW leader: Its alright but what were saying is we do not want to be apart of that video. SCM: Oh. SJW leader: And thats our Choice. SJW leader: Its a private classroom and people have paid for this time. Bye! SJW girl: Are you serious? SJW leader: Oh come please I've asked you out, your not doing this, really you are interrupting a class that these people have taken care of and ill just ask you please, out.

Yellow t-shirt teacher

Yellow T-shirt Teacher

1:44 - 2:11

SCM enter the room (inaudible teaching) Class: "laughter" Teacher: Excuse I'm having a class in here can you uh? SCM: Oh its fine I'm just taking a video. Teacher: Yeah can you close the door for me please? Thanks SCM: Ok sure. (SCM Closes door behind him as he enters the classroom.) Teacher: Uh can you leave? SCM: Oh I was just closing the door for you. Teacher: Yeah yeah k thanks. Teacher: Yeah this is a class. SCM :Oh you seem confused Teacher: Oh I'm not confused,thank. SCM: You sure? Teacher: Yeah I'm sure thankyou.

Stern hispanic teacher

"Call campus security"

2:11 - 3:03

Teacher: Regular verbs in R. Teacher: I'm sorry what is this about? SCM: Ah im just taking a video. Teacher: Yeah but you don't take a video without asking opening the door to the class please. SCM: Theres like some wire in the window, it be a better video if i could get it inside so i don't have to shoot through it here Teacher: I'm going to call 911. SCM: What for is it a emergency? Teacher: Yeah it is, this is a classroom, security cameras will come, you are not allowed to uh video us. SCM: Oh yeah? Teacher:You are not allowed, yur yes. SCM: You sound serious Teacher: Yes I am. Teacher: Ah police, ah there is somebody who came in the class that does'nt want to leave and he looks friendly.

Asian student on the phone

Disrupted On The Phone

3:03 - 4:04

Student: Wow. Student:Hold on can you not do that please? SCM: What? Student: What are you doing? Student: Hold on a sec. Student: If you are trying to form a cake can you not do that? SCM: What? Student: I dont know what you're doing but. Student: Hold on a sec sorry,What are you doing? SCM: Huh? Oh I'm taking a video. Student: Can you please? SCM: im just im just im just taking a video that's all. Student:Well well i dont wanna be in your video. SCM: What!? Student: Why? why? SCM Siiiiiii Student: Can you put it down and talk to me and then i can take you seriously cause you keep saying the same thing and i dont feel like you are taking me seriously or respecting me cause you just keep holding this thing up there. SCM: All these cameras,there's cameras everywhere,everywhere even here.

White truck guy

Nut Snatcher & BBG

41:51 - 44:14

Gob: Oh i dont care Snatcher: *inaudible Gob: thats what i heard Gob:hey dude look at him hes taking my picture Snatcher: Why are you taking his picture man SCM: its just a video Snatcher:huh? SCM: its a video Snatcher:what SCM: its a video Snatcher:whats that SCM: its a video Snatcher: why you videoing him Snatcher: you know him? Snatcher: let me video you then bitch Snatcher :hold on stay right there ill video him Goblin: im a big black gob Snatcher: you aint a big black goblin Goblin: ayy yeah i am thats why hes walking with me! Snatcher: were gonna take your nuts after we video you SCM: oh Gob:yeah! Snatcher: no no sir after we video were gonna take you're nuts SCM: oh Snatcher: After we video you were gonna take your balls. Goblin:i gotta go to the bathroom Snatcher: dont move dont move SCM: alright Snatcher :stay right there. SCM: are you gonna video me or not? Snatcher: yeah we're finna' do that SCM: its taking too long Snatcher: fuck you mean we taking too long? SCM: its taking too long (laughs) Snatcher: fuck you mean we taking too long Snatcher: dont you video him pissing Goblin: yeah he a fool Snatcher: you some kinda freak n*gga? what is you doing are you some kind of freak? you a freak? he pissing Goblin: Well boi yeah im pissing what the hell are you doing? im pissing now Snatcher: we got some type of white boy here, we got some type of white boy here talking about video n shit Snatcher: he got a video of you pissing Snatcher: do you suck dick man? Snatcher: do you suck dick? do you suck dick? Goblin: yeah! Snatcher: do you suck dick? Goblin: yeah Snatcher: do you suck dick Snatcher: are you a freak do you are you a freak? what are you? Snatcher: are you a homosexual? are you a homosexual? are you a homosexual? who are you Snatcher: he a dick sucker he a homosexual Snatcher: he a freak shit. Asian man: don't bother dont bother them

White truck guy

Mormon Missionaries

23:30 - 24:16

Missionary 1: Is this video mode? SCM: Yeah its video mode. Missionary 1: Nice! Missionary 2 : Sick! SCM: Yeah... Missionary 2: Well Missionary 1: Cool! Missionary 2: Hey everybody! Missionary 1: Were missionaries. Missionary 2: Do you wanna learn about jesus? Missionary 2: I dont think, i dont think i ever had this happen before. Missionary 1: Well can we give you a card today atleast? Missionary 1: Right there? Missionary 2: Alright you have a great day. Missionary 1: Is there anything we can do for you? Missionary 1: Alright perfect, well do you want the card? I guess not. Ok, well you have a good day man. Bye everyone!

White truck guy


5:02 - 5:58

Guy: Excuse me? SCM: Whats up? Guy: What are we doing here? SCM: Oh im just taking a video. Guy: ld appreciate it if you go somewhere else with that okay? SCM: Oh its fine its just a video. Guy: Hey its offensive to me ,excuse me i am trying to have a private conversation can you respect that? SCM: Its just a video man? Guy:I hear yah! SCM: Ok. Guy: lm having a private conversation can you please move? SCM: lts just a video? Guy: l, do you not understand what i am saying? Its a private conversation. SCM: Alright calm down. Guy: Leave! SCM: Its just a video...... Guy: Fuck you! Yah got it? And the horse you rode in on! Jesus christ you have no respect for anybody, what 'yah gonna do, follow me around now? Jesus fucking Christ.

'Surveillance Camera Man:' The greatest video on Youtube by Mike Richard - The Brandeis Hoot

Imagine yourself out in public. You could be alone or with your family. It could be noon or three in the morning. A man approaches you holding a camera. He is a complete stranger, and you can think of no reason as to why he would be filming you, so you ask him what he’s doing. You may do so out of genuine curiosity or with visible discontent. Either way his response is the same, “I’m just taking a video.” He continues filming. You then ask, or command him, to stop. He persists. His robotic demeanor is unfaltering, he is determined to capture something about you, and he will do so whether you permit it or not. If you ignore him, if you scream at him or even if you try to assault him, he will persist.

......... I can say this confidently and without exaggeration: “Surveillance Camera Man” is the singular greatest piece of film posted on Youtube to date. Sitting at less than half a million views, this accidental masterpiece’s influence has far outpaced its popularity. Providence’s NBC 10 and Vox’s The Verge have both published pieces on the video, the first investigating the legality and the second analyzing the validity of the creator’s intentions.

The concept is simple: A man films random people in Seattle without their permission. He claims that his filming of strangers is no different than that of an unmanned security camera in a grocery store, but his goals are not what I find fascinating. “Surveillance Camera Man” offers a thrilling exposé on modern expectations of privacy, with seemingly unintentional additional insights into mental illness, drug abuse and homelessness within the United States. “Surveillance Camera Man” captures an incredibly broad range of human experiences, showing more in a 50-minute film than many may experience in a decade. His subjects include: bewildered college students, mormon missionaries and scientology advocates, as well as many individuals suffering from visible mental illness and drug addiction. The creator’s attempt at a poignant message about surveillance technology feels vapid in comparison to the blunt reality of the situations we are shown. While a majority of the subjects are angered by the cameraman’s presence, others appear to see the camera as an opportunity to send a message or tell their story.

One of the last scenes in the video features a man who laments over his lot in life. “I’m a homeless American, would you not believe that? I can do no better, I’ve tried,” the man says in the video. His words convey more pain than can be shown through the traditional documentary medium.

Another of the most tragic scenes in the film stars a young woman who at first appears to be a naturally friendly person that wants to be on film, but after a few minutes attempts to prostitute herself to the cameraman. It is the scenes with people like these, those who are the most forthcoming and who have the least to hide, that seem to bear the most darkness in their lives. The people who reacted the most adversely tended to be those in the most mundane situations: eating lunch in a restaurant or walking through the airport with their family.

Among the most interesting aspects of the video is the cameraman himself. We, as the viewers, know so little about him. The only clues about him that we acquire are superficial: He is an American male, likely in his late twenties or early thirties judging by his voice. The other thing we can infer about him is that he is irrationally fearless and immune to feeling awkward. At one point, he films a man who appears to be inspecting a home’s locks presumably to rob it later. The man tells the cameraman to delete the footage, but the cameraman, of course, persists. The robber gives chase, and the cameraman escapes only after hiding behind a vehicle. This scene was not unique.

Throughout the video, a number of the cameraman’s subjects attempt to physically assault or at least threaten him, but he always narrowly escapes. While many have tried, nobody has ever successfully identified the man behind the camera. That makes the film all the more fascinating—that he felt comfortable and even righteous putting a stranger’s life on display but refusing to even show his own face.

It is clear that the cameraman’s desire was to be a moralistic protagonist. To make people feel how he thinks they should feel all the time in a surveillant society, in a state of constant paranoia and unease. However, he certainly fails in this regard, as most of the people who see this video categorize him as a creep and an unethical voyeur of others’ personal lives. I agree with this sentiment for the most part, but the video holds incredible value to me nonetheless. I think “Surveillance Camera Man” ultimately taps into a deep seeded desire to see what is not supposed to be seen. To peek into the world’s of those whose activities may seem so foreign to us but are nothing more than mundane to them.