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August 29, 2005

Lynch Goes Digital

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

* In digital-cinema news, I found it interesting to learn that naif-surrealist David Lynch -- who is making a movie entitled "INLAND EMPIRE" (all caps, if you please) -- has become a convert to Digital Video.

"For me, there's no way back to film. I'm done with it," he told Variety. "I love abstraction. Film is a beautiful medium, but it's very slow and you don't get a chance to try a lot of different things. With DV, you get those chances. And in post-production, if you can think it, you can do it."

During a documentary extra on the DVD of Robert Altman's "The Company" -- a film he shot on HDTV -- Altman says that using HDTV completely changed his way of working. What did he mean by this? The documentary doesn't follow up. Damn. (I blogged about "The Company," which I generally liked, here.) But David Lynch is feeling a similar new-media high himself:

The change in media has completely altered Lynch's way of working (as it's wont to do). He says that Laura Dern has responded especially well to the differed demands of digital, and he even embraces the "bad" look of video. "Some would say it looks bad. But it reminds me of early 35mm, that didn't have that tight grain. When you have a poor image, there's lots more room to dream."

* Many thanks to Robert Nagle, through whose very interesting blog I discovered some blogs devoted entirely to up-to-the-minute cinema technology, and what the switchover to digital might mean for the artform: Cinematech, HD For Indies, and FreshHDV.

Robert himself has plans to shoot a documentary using HDTV -- I'm eager to hear what he has to say about the experience. And don't miss Robert's smart and frank discussion about what being an artist can do to your thoughts and plans about marriage. Talk about a great theme ...



posted by Michael at August 29, 2005


That marriage link goes to the main page, not the specific post. I presume you're talking about Dodos on Marriage , Divorces and Failed Marriages . BTW I also did a short-lived relationship blog once upon a time--it's now overriden by spam.

I'm a single guy, so my thoughts about marriage are pretty skewed, based more on third person observation, books and "All in the Family episodes" than (heaven forbid!) actual experience.

Aren't these commentary tracks wonderful? Just imagine if we could read a novel by Kafka or Chekhov and push a button to hear his thoughts about the creative process while writing it?

ON METAMORPHASIS: "Well, gosh, at first Gregor was going to be a bunny rabbit. Then I thought, no, maybe a giraffe, but the publishing house felt it lacked a certain grotesque quality. Max Brod felt a hippo would have been the most entertaining, but after a little argument, I made it a cockroach just to finish the damn story off."

Posted by: Robert Nagle on August 30, 2005 4:17 PM

Fixed it, and thanks for the additional link. The arts life: good for relationships or not?

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on August 30, 2005 4:20 PM

Just to clarify: the blog was short-lived, not the relationship. Though it did sort of die when a female acquaintance who was going to contribute ended up not having time to. Oh, the perils of group blogging!

Posted by: Robert Nagle on August 30, 2005 4:21 PM

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