Sometimes there are events we come across that are so funny and comical, we think it was artfully crafted. Then to our surprise, we discover it wasn’t a comedy sketch and in fact based on real-life events.
In The New York Times Op-Doc produced by Brett Weiner, his idea for this short film is from a comical excerpt in his Facebook newsfeed based on a legal transcript. Upon investigating, it was a part from a deposition to the Ohio Supreme Court.
This short film, Verbatim: What Is a Photocopier? attempts to re-enact the emotions and reactions to the dialogue in the deposition. Everything seems to go fine until the IT Administrator asks, “When you say ‘photocopying machine’, what do you mean?”
And now begins the back and forth about the semantics of “photocopying machine.” Keep watching to the end, it’s a kicker. Although I do wonder, did the IT Administrator ask that question because he wasn’t sure, or if he did that intentionally just to kill time and avoid answering any questions?