They say that you are not a fan of a film until you have done following:
1. Watched the film 100 times or until you know all the dialogue in the film.
2. Seen all the behind the scenes footage on the DVD.
3. Read all the trivia on IMDB about the film.
4. Watched the film again with directors commentary (if available).
5. Read the book the film is based on (if available), then watched the film again to see what the left out.
6. Read the script of the film, then watched the film again to see what they left out.
A few films I have done all of the above. One of them is Into the Wild:
A perfect image of the simplicity of life cannot be portrayed better than in this film. There is a natural feel to the whole picture and the fact that the entire film is shot on location, makes this film a piece of art in my mind. If I ever could make such a film, I would be satisfied with my contribution to the industry. I would retire.
The film tells the story of Christopher McCandless, who takes off after graduating from college, on a journey across the American landscape, with nothing but a backpack of things. His goal is to live in the wild in Alaska. Alaska, Alaska. Not city Alaska.
The film takes on the subjects of materializm, solidarity, lust for travel and the hard truth behind some family lies. Many subjects are pressed up in your face and some are more suttle.
There is a few films out there that changes your prespective of life and what things in life to priorities. It is not the film in it self that provokes those feelings, but it wakes them up and highlighs them. It puts them in discussion. That is the power that many films do not have. Into the Wild probably does not awake such emotions in everyone, but it most certainly did it with me.
Words can be written and words can be spoken for hours and hours about this film, about this change in lifestyle and about this view on the world, but I say only this: Watch this film. Then go outside and see the world.
The different ways to share your event has changed dramatically ever since a small thing called the social media saw fame online. You wish to have a 30-minute spot on The idiot box that means cash in huge amounts given out to the channel that promises you to view your advert for those five minutes in a show when people are peeing. Doesn’t really make sense, if you ask me.
What is introduced as well with content sharing online is the possibility of choice. A TV-channel will force you to follow its program and requires you to change or adapt your daily routine, so if you get lucky, you might catch that one new episode of the series you are trying to follow. On top of that, you are introduced to a bunch of products and brands that use your 1 hour of TV-viewing that evening to Life used to be hard.
Trey Parker and Matt Stone don’t even follow the view numbers on their usual Wednesday. It’s the iTunes downloads that is now being counted.
So by sharing content online via social media sites, you are providing a number of positives that a TV-spot cannot:
1. You are giving a choice to your audience weather to watch the video or not. And also to watch it whenever they want. The video is there and its not going anywhere.
2. You do not have to pay anyone huge sums of money for the possibility to get your video viewed.
3. You can select your own audience.
4. You can share the video a multiple of times and it causes no harm to anyone.
5. You are not shoving your video up in the face of a person. Its there in front of them if they choose to watch it. Here, again, providing a choice is a major factor in future content sharing.
So without further delays or hold ups, watch this nice video of the FXU Garden Party from 2013, if you like:
Some things go well together, like: Pizza and coke. A surfboard and some waves. A stage and an entertainer. A pen and a paper. An early morning and a coffee. Tea and biscuits. Music and film.
Music and film satisfied both the ears and eyes. Only the nose is left unsatisfied. So music videos is then of course a very thrilling and satisfying experience. It is then problematic when a music video cuts to another image every 3 seconds. It does not give time for the eyes to know what you are watching and it does not give the ears time to know what they are listening to.
Try watching that video without the sound on. It makes just no sense whatsoever. A strange attempt to stuff a whole short film in between shots of a “sad” singer with a perfect hairline.
It takes away the focus of the actual purpose of the video: The music. There’s isn’t even anyone singing for most of the video. It’s an attempt to win the next MTV music video awards rather then actually sharing your music in a visual medium.
There is a whole series of videos, called La Blogotheque, with singers singing their songs, sometimes all acapella as well. I enjoy those videos a hell of a lot more than anyone of the pop/soft porn videos we all watch and love on Vevo.
Now, that is a satisfying experience. The video gives you the “fly on the wall” feeling and with some HD quality and going full screen, you actually get the sense of being in the same room as them, to some level. That’s more or less what a music video is for. It is for those fans who cannot travel across country and attend the few concerts that artist is having that year. The video is also for those who are visual minded people and enjoy both music and film equally, which has an increasingly high number.
This is just two guys walking with their guitars, singing:
A few weeks ago I filmed a onetake video with a band called Comet Kid, where our intention was to focus on the music and have the camera be the “fly on the wall”, have the camera be you, the audience, in other words. The whole afternoon had a very relaxed atmosphere around it and we all enjoyed ourselves, which is something we hope will come through in the video.
Apparently, on American History X, the director Tony Kaye handed to New Line a cut of the film that he was happy with, but New Line wanted it longer, so the producers of the film and Edward Norton took the film from him and reedit the film and put more of old Edward in it. This was probably an attempt to start an Oscar campaign for Edward, who did actually got a nomination that year. Because of this, Tony Kaye wanted his name taken off the film (by replacing his name with the pseudonyms Alan Smithee), but was not allowed. He then sued New Line and the Directors Guild for 200 million and demanded that his name was to be replaced with Humpty Dumpty.
People change. There is no question. People change everyday. Everyday someone, somewhere, has an epiphany and sees their life from a completely different perspective; From the outside and in. Ever been to a club and at the dance floor, when all the sudden you have an awakening where you realize just how ridiculous you look, dancing off beat? Its a strange feeling, isn’t it? So you splash some water on your face and go home. Its definitely not as bad as staying until the lights come on. What a nightmare of a sight that is.
Life events, people influencing each other and internal epiphanies completely change you as a person. Friends become enemies everyday because of this. It’s a part of a whole natural process and you should embrace it: You stand still long enough, and all the sudden you’ve spend the last 3 years starring at a wall.
There are people who needs this change in their life physically punched in. They cant do it on their own. You change, there is nothing you can do. You go from either being a spectator too a participant, or from an audience to a stage actor. You go from private to public, from an enemy to a friend. From an understandable person to an asshole. This happened to me not too long ago; not that I became an asshole, but I got a changing experience physically punched into me. I experienced evil violence first-hand when 5 o’clock in the morning on my way home, a guy tried to mug me. I refused to give him my money, cause I cannot afford to provide funds for every person who asks for it. If everybody did that, I would be even more broke than what I am now. But he thought he was in a position where he had the right to take my money and got angry when I refused. So he punched me, threw me on the ground and kicked me. So I mean PHYSICALLY punched in. What changed after that was that I became more of a spectator and I started looking from the outside and in, not the other way around. I became more aware and on alert, more guarded, but also more reflected on the actions I took. I thought if karma is true, I guess I wasn’t that good as I thought, when a stranger walks up to me and punches me.
As you change, so does the stories you write. There is a reason as to why scripts go through many drafts and its exactly because of this reason. You wake up one day and read something you wrote last week and you feel divided from the text. You sit down and read it and it doesn’t relate to you anymore, so how can you be truthful to the text?
When I wrote my final film in Falmouth, I went through 14 drafts and it took me 7 months to finish it. I didn’t realize this at the time, but I did undertake a huge inner change and my priories changed as I went along that year. I became more focused, got more structure in my daily and I became more allergic to bullshit. So every week, I didn’t recognize my own draft and I rewrote the whole thing. So at the end, when it was time to shoot, a completely different film was put into the edit then what I wrote that last summer. But I was happy about it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that what I was left with was the best film ever made by anymore, but it was SOOO much better than the first draft of the script.
So what does this prove? If we realize the changes we go though, and express them within the medium we work in, we learn a great deal from that transition and we come out “reborn” in way. We come out of it as a new person. Its hard to see yourself as someone else, but image back to when you were a child, and suddenly its not that hard after all. Where did your great castle in Scotland go?
So currently, the film I want to make now has undergone 7 drafts. I thought the script couldn’t survive anymore changes at draft 3, but how wrong I was. I do believe the script is finished now, so the trick now is to hurry up and make the film before another life-changing event dramatically changes my view on more of less everything in the world.
Do you remember the time?
Do you remember the time where you weren’t able to measure your antioxidant level?
Do you remember the time when people didn’t know that smoking cigarettes was bad for you?
Do you remember the time when you had to send a letter to someone? Like, actually go buy stamps and ship it out.
Do you remember the time when you had to wait at a specific time of the day to watch a program?
Do you remember the time when you had to carry around computers in these huge bags? And they didn’t fit in your pocket?
Our world is in a constant state of change and in most areas we are becoming more compressed. Some call this unnatural, I call it progress.
This compression is mostly noticed in the field of technology. The first computer took up a whole room, now you get the same amount of data fitted into your pocket as a mobile device.
I mean, to think that you can actually use a phone to go on the Internet. That is incredible and if you told someone that 20 years ago, they would most probably not believe you.
Our first computer was a desktop computer with 256 mb of hard disk space. Thats 64 songs…
My first phone, the Nokia 3410, had room for 16 messages. It had a black and white screen and it could play Snake. That was it.
The first GPS we bought cost about 4000 kr. and it was really unreliable. It just took ages to figure out where we were and the touch screen on it was impossible to handle.
All these different technologies and more are now fitted into a mobile device that fits in your pocket.
Anyone remember the last time they were in a music store to buy a CD?
Ask a 10 year old the same question and they’ll ask “Whats a CD? You mean you actually have to change these plates in order to listen to a different artist? And it only plays music? Whats the point? Just download it. Spotify it.”
I still remember I had a sound system that could have 3 CD’s in the slot at the same time. It was incredible.
You remember tapes? Like, record tapes, for camcorders? That was a crazy time. You remember VHS? To think you actually had to rewind a tape before you wanted to watch a film. Insane.
So the point is, before you had an actual physical library of books, CDs, VHS tapes that could take up a whole room or a whole building. A public library where people had to go. Now, you have a digital library in your pocket, available wherever you are. Compressed. Some call this unnatural, I call it progress.
A huge reason as to why this compression has occurred so raptly is choice. People want to choose for themselves what they want to spend their days doing. Before you had to listen to the radio, and every once in a while that favourite song of yours came on. You know, like every third day or so. If you where lucky, you got to listen to it. The days of the young Johnny Cash. We are now given the choices ourselves to develop the lives we want for ourselves. Everyone is becoming their own engineer. This is a massive change that started after the industrial revolution. People used to work in factories, then in office, now they work really wherever they want.
So the few places where traces of the industrial age still applies can be off-putting to a lot of people.
One of these areas is education, as Sir Ken Robinson explains.
– Sir Ken Robinson
If you think that each person take in, learn and memorize every subject completely identical, you are a mad person and should not speak your mind about anything.
If you Google the words factory workers now, you will see that way over half of the images are black and white, meaning the factory worker is an old profession and it not keeping up with the times. So why do schools have the same system? The industrial school system we have now should also be a thing of the past. It should most definitely be in black and white.
My point about this is that, you should be able to provide a choice to people, in order to see them naturally develop a skill set that fits them as a person, which can then evolve into a promising career.
I think this also applies to the film business. Steven Soderbergh once said in a speech that the studio system now has a completely wrong structure and if he were a studio head, he would get the best filmmakers around and just say “Go make whatever you wish to make.” Within some economical restriction of course.
The film industy is completely talent driven, but still the people who sit on the throne are those who worked their way in the marketing department, not the filmmakers or the “factory workers” as some refer to them to be. Why is this? Should not a film studio be like a university campus, where loads of creative people gather to share ideas and collaborate on projects and share them to the world? Instead, you have these marketing experts sitting behind their desk, staring at statistics of profit. If profits becomes your main desire, you elimiate the possiblity of diversity. Instead, you stick to these different movie models and push out the same products again and again. You do the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome is the definition of insanity. The process becomes the most important aspect, rather than the content.
Another aspect of life where compression has left its marks is lifestyle. In order to provide our body with all the positives and keep all the negatives away, an extreme healthy lifestyle is required. Our body takes in what it feels in natural to consume and rejects anything it does not appreciate. If your body doesn’t like milk or dairy products, it will tell you. If your body has had too much alcohol, it will tell you.
So if your body likes healthy, fresh food, it will tell you and say “Thank you!” But because we really like to have a choice, and most people like to choose the easiest option, most people see that lifestyle to be too hard to accomplish. We want to live in a city where there is food available to us everywhere, where transport is available right outside our door. “Walking is something you do in a forest – Adapt to the environment. Just get a taxi.” We want everything RIGHT AWAY. People hate waiting. They hate it.
So if you have to choice of getting some flour, get some oil, salt, water and yeast – make a pizza dough, let it sit for 45 minutes, then make a pizza base, get some tomato sauce, cheese, all the vegetables and spices, thats at least an hour and a half of your time that you could spend watching other people do stuff/watch TV. So most people don’t choose that option, they go with the frozen pizza that takes 15 minutes to make. The problem is that they don’t care about the consequences that option gives you. So your body gets so used to all these negatives, that it has to adjust the energy level to the low income of nutritions and you end up walking around like a zombie, sitting still all day, watching day-time TV, ordering pizzas and not really doing anything with your life, because your energy level is just completely gone.
As mentioned before, when your body is given the positives, it say thank you, man! More please! So your want and desire to better yourself and to provide yourselves with a healthier lifestyle becomes the obvious choice! There is no HAVE TO anymore, but WANTING TO!
So when you say that many of these positives that the body needs can be consumed in a compressed state, I do not call that unnatural, I call it progress. I call it availability. I call it choice.
So an end thought: You know why the world is changing is such a rapid pace?
There are two main reasons for this:
1. Communication and collaboration
As more and more people are able to communicate with each other more easily, partnerships that was unthinkable 50 years ago collaborate on a new and exciting product that results in changing the world.
2. Acceptability and choice
The fact that you are able to decide your own path in life is a luxury that didn’t exist for most people 100 years ago. So instead of working the mines like your father did and his father before him, you are able to develop your own skill set and find your own passion in life, find what keeps you going and you are, because of point 1, able to share this to the rest of the world with a single set of tools that fits in your pocket.
Bakterier is a Norwegian film and my first film after graduating from University of Falmouth with a Bachelor degree in film. The film is estimated to be about 15 minutes long and I wish to use this film to apply and get access to film festivals, meet exciting people and hopefully earn enough trust to take on bigger projects in the future, with the possibility of making a feature.
Martin is overly taken with being, looking and behaving as a perfect member of society. For him, even a hint of dirt on his hand is intolerable. After a complaint has been filed against him for disturbing of the peace, he is sent to 30 hours of therapy. Martin is forced to participate in tasks that should be simple enough, but makes him realize just how far this obsession really has gone.
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