December: Early Thoughts
It’s almost December, and that means I’m almost through my first month of Less Talking, More Shooting. That also means it’s the holiday season and I’m already feeling festive. In fact, I’m in such a giving mood, that I’m going to make not one, but two videos for December! Try to contain your excitement!
Actually, the real reason that I’m making two videos is that I have to for school. In each of my classes, my final project will be a short film relating to a topic that we discussed. Either way, we all benefit!
My first film is for my “Cinema & the Modern City” class. It will deal with ideas from the Situationist International movement. Without getting all grad student on you, essentially the Situationists were concerned with developing new ways to navigate and relate to cities. They sought to break from the rituals associated with the regular capitalist functions of a city.
My second film is for my “Avant Garde” class, and before you close your browser, hear me out. I have spent the past semester watching a great deal of avant garde films and it has taught me one important thing: I don’t really like avant garde film. That being said, there have been some great and important works to come out of the experimental scenes. For me, the ones that succeed best are the ones that have a certain lightheartedness. As such, I am going to make a short similar in style and theme to the Beat film “Pull My Daisy.” For those of you not familiar with the Kerouac-narrated, Ginsberg-starring film, you can watch it online here.
I am just starting to formulate ideas for these videos now and will post more on them as they progress. For now, I am putting the finishing touches on November’s video, which will be up shortly. Stay tuned!