Errol Morris is a filmmaker who was at one point most famous for making Werner Herzog eat his shoe. Herzog provocatively suggested he would eat his shoe when and if Morris ever finished his first film. The short below shows this event on the completion of Morris’ “Gates of Heaven.”
Morris has gone on to a length filmography in which he has eagerly side stepped the conventions of documentary filmmaking. In “The Thin Blue Line,” he used abstract reenactments to help free a falsely convicted man from death row in Texas. Another example of his inventive approach to filmmaking is his “Interrotron.” This device sounds and looks a bit like something out of star trek or some other sci fi; but it is basically a repurposed teleprompter that allows interviewees to see the face of the interviewer projected directly in front of the lens of the camera. This results in the intimacy of eye contact being shared with the viewing audience. In the two clips below we see how intimacy and emotion are shared through this direct eye contact between interviewer and interviewee.