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January 27, 2008

The New Cinema

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

These days you can make it up with pixels:

(Link thanks to Judith Sears.)

Or you can hand craft it at home:

Is it the end of movies as we've known them, or the beginning of a great new do-with-the-medium-what-you-will era?

See more short, no-budget videos by the cheeky and droll young supertalent Lasse Gjertson here. I especially like this one.



posted by Michael at January 27, 2008



that Normandy vid was just great. I knew these things could be done, but never saw it like that.

Posted by: Richard McLaughlin on January 27, 2008 9:11 AM

The first video was quite droll. I especially liked the clipart collage, probably rendered in Flash.

Incredibly, that little video says a lot. Take three guys, a blue screen and a single explosion, and you've got D-Day.

From the day I got involved in video, it was apparent to me that video/film was all about lying. Video/film society is overwhelmingly extreme leftist in its political outlook. In the shops/projects where I've work, you are likely to be recruited with some sort of crude Republican/Bush bashing as the opening salvo. It is assumed in these shops/projects that you are an ardent supporter of the most extreme gay activist/sex change agenda imagineable.

Woodstock now has its own little film festival, which describes itself as "fiercely independent." Take a look at their website, or attend a few of their functions, and you will discover that the Woodstock Film Festival is really another leftist propaganda festival. It seems especially to love leftist martyr movies... in the manner Brokeback Mountain... You know the story... The poor martyred victim, unrecognized by brutal conservative society as fully human, struggles to fully realize his/her/its humanity against the background of unimagineable oppression, etc.

The left simultaneously maintains that it is a sort of ultimate truth squad, while at the same time it inundates us with this barrage of propaganda movies.

And, it may surprise you, but that first video really brought that home to me.

Posted by: Shouting Thomas on January 27, 2008 9:35 AM

Richard -- It *is* impressive, isn't it? Plus it's such a good length ... Funny, though: I used to enjoy fantasizing about making movies. But now that so much conventional moviemaking involves pushing pixels around in closed, dark rooms, I find almost nothing appealing about it at all, even as fantasy material. I wonder how this change is going to affect the kinds of people who go into the field ...

ST -- I love the idea of "fiercely independent" in Woodstock. I just bet. Those are interesting observations too about film-video culture. The thing that has struck me most about it is a little different. (In my very tiny interactions with 'em, of course.) It's that at least they're extraverts. I've spent so much time among writers that I often find it refreshing to find myself among film people just because they're physical, irreverent, pushy, rowdy ... Some are truly horrible and sleazy, and god knows most of them aren't interesting except for what they might or might not make. But at least they aren't closed-in little mouses (who envy extraverts and wish them ill) like so many writers are ...

Posted by: MIchael Blowhard on January 27, 2008 11:08 AM


I spent so much time around rowdy, irreverant, pushy extroverts in the music business, that I have a yearning to meet more modest, quiet introverts. I guess that, whatever life deals us, we get kind of tired of it. Right?

I don't mind the rowdy extrovert thing so much if the guy actually has some sort of substance, something to say... even if he's entertaining in some sort of positive way.

Unfortunately, most of the time the rowdy extroverts I've known (and I've known plenty of them) have nothing going except the rowdy extroversion. The video/film biz is very similar to the music biz in this regard. Many of the people drawn to it think that the bull rush to the stage is the minimal job requirement. Perhaps they're right. Damned if I know.

I guess that it's great that I've known so many wild characters. Over all, I'd prefer for them to actually deliver something substantive beyond the wild show of personality. I've impervious now to all the wild exhibitionists.

Does this just mean I'm old and jaded? Could be.

Posted by: Shouting Thomas on January 27, 2008 12:46 PM

michel gondry mentions this norwegian guy in an interview in this months issue of "gq".

Posted by: t. j. on January 29, 2008 12:02 AM

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