A couple of people have asked why, since I'm this filmmaker and all, I don't post more about shooting video, which is, after all, one of a dad's traditional responsibilities. I could go on about breaking that mold, but the deep, dark, secret reason is, I've barely shot any video of the kid at all. I find it very hard to switch, mentally, between the dad and the removed, camera-wielding observer. I'm working on it, though, so stay tuned.
In the mean time, I just came across this account of a touchier situation, and another place where I didn't fulfill my camcordering resposnibilities: in the delivery room. This is from Bryan Curtis's pretty ruthless Slate-down of Demi Moore:
Pregnancy also gives Moore what Hollywood starlets really want: creative control. "Gimme Moore," as one studio executive dubbed her, spent her career terrorizing directors into caving to her demands. But never did she wield more influence than at the birth of her oldest daughter, Rumer, in 1988. Moore traveled with then-husband Bruce Willis to Paducah, Ky., where he was shooting In Country. She commandeered a local hospital, placing three video cameras and a director named Randy in the delivery room. When her labor started, the cameras rolled, with Willis looking brave if a bit bewildered, as in Die Hard, and Moore panting and moaning, as in Indecent Proposal. When the baby's head finally emerged, Moore was said to turn to the director and grunt, "Did you get that?" Though largely unseen, it remains a canonical performance, just behind her work in G.I. Jane and Blame It on Rio.Demi Moore: The mother of all actresses [slate.com]