A filmmaker puts out a casting call for young adults. The director wants to make a film about growing up in her home country, Georgia, and find commonalities across social and ethnic lines. She travels through cities and villages interviewing the candidates who responded and filming their daily lives. The boys and girls who respond to the call are radically different from one another, as are their personal reasons for auditioning. Some want be movie stars and see the film as a means to that end; others want to tell their personal story. Together, their tales weave a kaleidoscopic tapestry of war and love, wealth and poverty, and create an extraordinarily complex vision of a modern society that still echoes with its Soviet past.
Seems the artful doc film equivalent of the work of Carolyn Drake’s Two Rivers project: http://carolyndrake.com/two-rivers/i/
The Making of âClouds Over Cuba: An Interactive Documentaryâ, Favourite website awards. Web Awards recognising the very best in cutting edge website design.
Quite a piece. Similar navigational experience to my Master’s project, which I’m currently tweaking before posting live. Fascinating to see the creative process of bringing history to life in such an engaging way.
Setting aside the improbable causality, there is no denying Patrick Clair’s skillful vision of a system rapidly deteriorating. Through repetition of form layered between settings that fold into one another, both camera movement and construction of type work to support the concept that everything is linked. For me the piece is most successful in its use of space and timing in its second act, after 1:49, as the viewer is forced to swim through a dark, endless void of possibilities. – Joe Fuller
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In reviewing the new features of Logic Pro X, like correcting performance mistakes, I can’t help but remember Moby’s sentiments in the #docfilm www.PressPausePlay.com :
"The digital revolution of the last decade has unleashed creativity and talent in an unprecedented way, with unlimited opportunities. But does democratized culture mean better art or is true talent instead drowned out? This is the question addressed by PressPausePlay, a documentary film containing interviews with some of the world’s most influential creators of the digital era."
Raw talent is what we want to experience. We also want real memories to live out with others. The more control we have of creative arts, the more synthetic the norms become, and the more we value the organic, raw experiences of live concerts and human interaction.
Just some things that came to my head while reviewing all the new features.
Doc Soup Man labels “The New Doc Vague” to a recent movement of documentary films that heavily rely on impressionistic representations of life.
"slipping into a fog of Terrence Malick lyricism." Yep. The burden is to find the lyrics in the story, not the story within the lyrics. After watching this film, I had the same aftertaste. But as one within this demographic of filmmakers, it’s hard to see the broader pattern around us sometimes. This read helps me maintain context within my pursuits. Another quote I ran across today: "The significance—and ultimately the quality—of the work we do is determined by our understanding of the story in which we are taking part." -Wendell Berry
I went to a SXSW film session last year entitled “Shooting for Impact: Online Short Docs Now”.http://goo.gl/Z4r2W
They highlighted one trend in online short docs as “The Maker Movement”. People making stuff. We’ve seen it all over, but it’s refreshing to see mixed approaches. This one above is different.
Most others interview the maker on his thoughts about making whatever, overlaid with b-roll. Here, however, we experience the end work itself as the edit weaves from guitar player to maker. It’s more active. As a result, it matches the medium. It makes me reconsider how to use linear vehicles to match other “Making Things” videos.
A prime example is my friend Nate Clarke’s film “Syncopated,” which I co-DPed on: https://vimeo.com/68216698
And if you know a flamenco teacher, ping me.