You know it’s a good day when you find yourself in a room full of cool people hungry to tell stories and humbled before a new and exciting technology. Projection Mapping, Holograms, Augmented and Virtual Reality…it was a lot to take in. But man, so worth it. Matthew Ragan from Obscura lead the workshop, while Roberto Buso-Garcia of the Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund at Johns Hopkins played host in Baltimore’s beautiful Centre theater. I just wanted to give a shout out to all those awesome people I met today, including Toroes Thomas, Laura Wexler, and so many others. Keep up the good work!
For better or worse, collaboration is an essential part of production. Whether you are an amateur or a professional, artist or entrepreneur, you will have to work with other people. But who will you choose? And by what criteria will you make your selection?
One answer may come from an unlikely source: Investing.
Besides the fact that this was shot on an iPhone, Tangerine directed by Sean Baker (@lilfilm) is proof that simple stories can still be intriguing, especially if they are given original, under-represented characters. Rated R in the most R sense of the word, so be warned.
Even with a DSLR, we would have ended up having extra crew members, and I would have had to find certain lenses, which I just didn’t have the budget for. So what we did is just start looking at iPhone experiments on Vimeo, and we were very impressed by what we found. We realized that, instead of spending money on the equipment, we could put the money on screen on things like locations and having extras.
As many are fond of pointing out, The Fool in Shakespeare’s plays is the one figure that may speak freely against authority. While the rest of a king’s court is sycophantic, the fool’s role in court is privileged because he is honest. We are meant to be in awe of this fact. After all, free speech is democracy’s most favored virtue and to see it exercised by one with so little social power pleases a modern audience. But really, this Fool is a dramatic innovation, not a political one.
The cliché is that the book is always better than the movie. But what is more impressive is when the movie conveys the feeling that you have just read a book. The film making of Andrei Tarkovsky in each of his seven leaves the audience with just such a feeling. And that is the easiest way to define awe.
How does he achieve this effect?
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