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Saturday. 1:00am. Walmart
The fluorescent lights flicker over head. Late-night shoppers wipe their eyes and manhandle carts filled with miscellaneous late-night purchases. I’m leaning against a poultry freezer, watching the shopping zombies pass, and continuously checking my watch. We have somewhere we need to be.
It is my strong opinion that one of the fundamental goals of filmmaking is to create a new world for the viewer. This world is brought to life by both the physical space we see on the screen and the little details that are spoken by the characters. Lets first define the term.
In my humble opinion filmmaking and ego are inseparable. I believe that it takes balls of a certain size to think that you can create something worthy of other people spending their time and energy studying or enjoying. Similarly, I cannot think of a time when formal art has existed in history decoupled from some sort of intended audience. In my fragile little brain, “art for art’s sake” really doesn’t mean what people think it does because, to me, the definition of art includes a clause about other people seeing it. And, for anyone who thinks this is not true, I ask one question:
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Recently I slammed my very first poem. For years I’ve written my own poetry, but before now I’ve never had the guts to step into the spotlight. Why? Because I’m not a performer. I’m a steadfast behind-the-scenes kind of guy. What actors do terrifies me.
I finally approached my rough reality: graduating college with an art degree. For all those who can relate, aren’t you tired of the questions, “So…what do you want to do with that degree? What’s next?” I hate these questions and I’m exhausted from trying to wiggle my way around answering them (after all, I do have a degree in the creative field).
You never think it could happen to you. I didn’t think so either. After a great week of countless happy circumstance (one of which was getting hired by Apple, ironically enough) I found myself being rid of the device, gifted to me by my father, that was going to make my professional filmmaking career, and I had no choice about it. Read on to find out how to avoid what happened to me.
Last week, UCD hosted it’s bi-annual Cinefest, a film festival showcasing all of the student work from the corresponding semester. Perplexity Pictures screened two films and Perplexity members worked on many others, so I thought it would only be fitting to write about the event.
I just saw The Avengers. Two words: “Oh boy.”
I fancy myself a true connoisseur of Story, and I am simply delighted when a big-scale movie like The Avengers embraces the craft.
Too many tentpole films ignore the basic elements of character development and plot structure, opting for a tired formula that’s painfully adjusted to fit the studio’s fancy visual effect department and bill of superstar actors (I’m looking at you Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Shrek the Third, Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, and pretty much every Michael Bay film of the last decade).
My philosophy for every project is that no matter how great or how awful the process or the final product turn out, if I didn’t learn a single thing – then I’m doing something wrong. I set goals for each project in the beginning and access my success to how well I was able to achieve those goals.