posted on Oct, 21 2010 @ 05:43 PM
Hello ATS folks. This is only my second post, but I've been lurking for a few months now. Until now I haven't really beaten anyone to the punch on
what I come up with regarding most threads. Here are my first thoughts on this one:
First, someone should rule out the possibility that this is a hoax perpetrated by the filmmaker who claims to have discovered this.
Assuming it's not a hoax, I move on to this:
The likelihood that's it's a time traveler using a cellphone is remote, at best.
I am a professional photographer, so that may be the reason I noticed the direction of the bright sunlight almost immediately. The actor appears to be
blocking his/her face from the sunlight while holding an object (handkerchief for sweat?--looks hot to me, and they're wearing heavy clothing).
Finally, since this is a silent film the actor may have felt at liberty to speak to the director or someone else off camera during the scene (this
could be another reason for the hand to the face--to hide speaking)
As for the turn toward the camera--was the director behind the camera? Was whatever issue the actor was talking about deserving of eye contact? Did
the actor think the camera wasn't rolling?
Whatever the case, it's a cool clip if it's genuine, but I believe cultural projection (as mentioned earlier
is the likely culprit combined with an actor's brief communication with someone involved in the film-making process.