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04 Jan 2015, 9:02 am

Hello everybody,

A few years ago, I made a short film about Aspergers and Autism for my Media Studies A-Level. Having Aspergers myself, I wanted to create this short documentary to give NT's the opportunity to get inside the body and mind of someone with Autism or Aspergers Syndrome. The short film can be found below.



Since this film has been put online, I have been overwhelmed by the response and one viewer asked me if I would ever consider being interviewed about my own personal experience of living with Aspergers. Now aged 24, I have decided to produce this interview in order to raise awareness of AS, but also help fellow Aspies and NT's understand more about the condition.

This is where I would like to ask the Wrong Planet community for help. I would like to ask you all if there are any topics or questions you would like me to answer on the interview? It can be on any aspect of life and I don't mind if you want me to answer personal questions. If you have a question you'd like to ask me, please reply to the post. The more, the merrier. :)

Thank you everybody :D

Christopher Nightingale :)



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04 Jan 2015, 11:39 am

Nighty - Thanks for sharing the video. It was very well done.



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04 Jan 2015, 6:00 pm

Nighty wrote:
This is where I would like to ask the Wrong Planet community for help. I would like to ask you all if there are any topics or questions you would like me to answer on the interview?


I think it is very important for you to explain, as best you can, that "stupid" and "smart" can reside in the same body / brain----like, we ASDers may be able to do math, easily, in our heads, but we can't balance our checkbook, for instance. Nobody understands how someone can be smart and "stupid", at the SAME time.

I can't comment on your video cuz I still have Dial-up Internet and can't watch videos.



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04 Jan 2015, 6:32 pm

You did a great job! I'm hoping to do a similar video for a filmmaking class.

I can't think of any questions, sorry. :(


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04 Jan 2015, 10:12 pm

I liked your video, it was interesting and informative (though I was slightly confused by the abrupt ending).

Regarding interview topics, it would be useful if you were to mention the reason we have meltdowns; a lot of people think they're just temper tantrums, or that we're trying to be manipulative, and people who don't know a lot about autism can be afraid of us when we act like that, so it's important to me that they understand that it's not something we can control, nor does it mean they're in any inherent danger (unless they get too close!)


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28 Jul 2015, 8:36 am

Simply how and form of body language is almost an alien concept to us



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28 Jul 2015, 9:03 am

I agree about the abrupt ending, but I assume that was because it was a short project.

I liked the lady's definition of asperger's at the beginning. She kept saying "difference" instead of deficit, which was good.

I liked the soothing quality of the beginning half with all the walking around with no people contrasted with the crowd at the end, which was clausterphobic.

I wished you had included positive qualities of being autistic.

I wish you had explained why you use the term aspergers instead of autistic. Some feel they are still two different conditions or ways of being and others feel continuing to use the term aspergers excludes other people on the spectrum- sort of like saying you're not like those other guys.

Most of the music was sad and then it turned toward hopeful. This made me think you had cancer and *might* survive. As a neurotypical person, it would be easy for me to assume that all autistic people have pitiful existences because they weren't like me. It can be powerful to show the happy and strong side of autism.

Overall-great job! Thanks for posting it! Please keep us posted with your continued works!