Wednesday, November 28, 2012

True artistic freedom (V)

  What first and foremost strikes me when I watch current mainstream films is that the crew is making them with their hands tied behind their back, and that they are bored out of their skull.
  Doing it better can’t be much of an effort at all.

  I've always sought to make my own films, but have lacked the means and thereby equipment to do it.
  Now, that is no longer a consideration. The equipment has become so inexpensive that almost anybody can buy it.
  When I read about the release of Canon DSLR 5D Mark II in 2009 I knew that my long wait was over, that it was only a matter of time before I could start my career as a truly independent filmmaker. I knew that it wouldn't be soon, but that it wouldn't be that long either.
  Canon 5D Mark II was a professional camera taking still photos and that could also record HD-film with a price far below that of a previous professional video-camera, a downright revolutionary development, the digital revolution once again working for the common man and against big production companies.
  Then, three years later Canon 5D Mark III, yet another major improvement was released. While Mark II was a camera taking great photographs with some film capabilities, Mark III is a film-camera with still-photo capabilities. The stage was set.
  I’m currently reading/rereading three books: “The technique of filmmaking and video editing” (fourth edition) by Ken Dancyger, “Directing” (third edition) by Michael Rabiger and “DV filmmaking from start to finish” by Ian David Aronson, all slightly outdated, but still useful books. I read them mostly to fill the gaps in my technical knowledge, but also to slowly, deliberately approach it all.
  People have always told me that they wouldn’t learn filmmaking because it would lessen their enjoyment of watching films. To me it is the other way around. The more I learn about filmmaking the more I enjoy watching them.
  At this point it is probably at least six months before we purchase the necessary equipment. I take my time as always. Good things often take time. If you go back on this blog you can see how I have promised myself to become a filmmaker quite a few times, but this time the chances of me becoming one are actually bigger than ever. The only thing that can stop me this time is that my life or my financial situation experiences a drastic decline.
  The goal is to make films no one else has made before, of course, to go for a totally new approach to filmmaking. If you can’t be original, in my opinion you shouldn't do anything, and certainly not anything creative.
  I can with conviction state that I don’t care whether or not people watch my films. That doesn't mean they’re necessarily economically unviable, just that I ignore such concerns. Like I’m writing books I want to read, I will make movies I like to watch. The rest will be a surprising bonus.

True Artistic Freedom
Messy deteurs

Sunday, November 25, 2012

The vast dangers of obedience

  We see those very dangers today, demonstrated often.
  A pedestrian stands waiting for the red light to change. There are no cars in sight, but he or she still stands there for minutes, before crossing on green. People are law-abiding and obedient far beyond anything even resembling common sense.
  Most people are merely mindlessly repeating the words and actions of others, echoing the propaganda of their given country or society, very much like a walking flesh and bone tape recorder. That is an astounding horror in itself, but one far worse is that they insist that they have their own opinions and live an independent life and can make that claim with an absolutely straight face and beyond firm conviction.
  There is very little doubt there at all, at least not on the smooth surface they present to the world.
  Go figure.
  There is very little true thought there at all, I’m sad to say, at least not beyond the safe parameters set by the brainwashing.
  It’s quite disconcerting and the dire implications for the given individual, for the world and humanity at large are quite obvious.
  Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience.
  The modern human society is oppressive beyond anything previously known and getting worse by the second, and in this horrible process we are turned into obedient, well-behaved little children hardly even raising our voice in a scream of protest, even as the need for protest increases progressively.
  We are taught from an early age, from the cradle to obey, even to police ourselves and the brainwashing has become so effective that very few even question it anymore. This is the best possible society, those in charge tell us and we believe them.
  Concerns are voiced about the increasingly ruined environment, the prevailing injustice and inequality, about the very chances of human survival the coming decades, and the fact that civilization itself is ruining everything making life worth living, but only as pale echoes of what is truly needed, only within the context of current society. Very few of us reject that entire society and everything in it, and that is what’s needed.
  There is very little true artistic freedom, since such expressions of human fire would always be considered an act of rebellion and sedition against any given tyranny.
  Obedience is usually coupled with responsibility. To be a good and loyal citizen is to be responsible, they say.
  If that is responsibility today, I certainly won’t have anything to do with it…
  My loyalty is to far different forces. In my eyes a traitor to a given country or imposed system is a champion of humanity.  The more people who are running around destabilizing the better.
  A society where true freedom reigns would encourage creativity and variety, would embrace true artistic freedom. It wouldn't merely tolerate it, turning each individual into an unruly child expecting to be punished.
  Children would learn to express themselves early on without the countless impediments and trapdoors so prevalent in the current reign, one hostile to all acts threatening its sovereign rule.
  It’s time to rush every single red light placed in front of us by the tyrannical forces ruling our world.

Monday, November 19, 2012

No Way!

  I've read several blog posts from fellow authors recently stating that an author should be cautious about expressing their political views, especially if they are «divisive and offensive», and that those views should be kept far away from your blog.
  All this to not discourage potential readers…
  This prompts several responses from me, the first and foremost being: what bullshit!
  We shouldn't hide ourselves, of course, shouldn't hide our strong, passionate and unpopular opinions at all, but embrace them and speak them loud and brazen. The writers/artists keeping themselves in check when it comes to speaking their opinions in public will do that in their art as well. Bad, very bad!
  They say it might reduce sales, the changes of big sales. That may or may not be true, but so what, what if it does? Do we sell ourselves so easily? I’m afraid we do, most of us.
  I never will!
  Is there any integrity at all left in most of today’s artists? I’m afraid there isn't.
  If you feel art is a business, if you’re in it for the money, you can just as well become a clerk, or an accountant.
  The word «prostitute» had initially nothing to do with people selling their bodies for cash. It became associated with that later. Prostitution is far more widespread than such a limited interpretation of it.
  Think about that the next time you don’t express your views, your innermost, most passionate feeling on your blog or in public, in fear of being ostracized or of losing potential sales.
  You see it everywhere, in virtually everything published by established companies today, how… flat it is, how it is lacking even rudimentary self-expression. We see illustrated everywhere, in music, movies, in the written word and elsewhere what the word «commercial» means, what it ultimately leads to. We see what fear does to us, what an abyss of neurosis that easily becomes. Giving in to fear for an artist, for any creative person, for any human being is death.
  A recent survey shows that children become less creative the older they get. No wonder that.
  This is what your reluctance to share yourself in public does with us all. This is the society we live in, and where we will remain, as long as not enough of us speak up.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Nothing new under the sun - the Zionist century project (I)

  «Israel has the right to defend itself» - Barack Obama.
  Israel has the right to defend itself from those defending themselves against Israel?
  I don’t quite get that one…
  Obama has long since revealed himself as yet another mindless AIPAC shill and confirms it here.
  There have been no major developments since Israel’s last «incursion» into Gaza, its last major massacre there. Israel has merely continued its colonization, occupation and genocide. Gaza has been bombed often. The people there continue to suffer under one of the worst regimes the world has ever seen. Israel is still occupying Gaza, is still very much present there, even though they haven’t had ground forces stationed there for a while. On the West Bank and within Israeli borders Palestinians continue to suffer from that before mentioned beyond oppressive apartheid Zionist regime.
  The indifference of the world at large continues to grant Israel a carte blanche to do whatever it wants.
  The goal of Zionism, founded 1880 is pretty transparent. In 1880 there were 35 000 Jews living within Palestine. 60 years later, through mass migration under what was mostly British rule, that number had increased to almost 500 000 of a total population of 1.6 million. By then the Zionist terrorism had long since started. Through organizations like Stern and Irgun and the unofficial army Haganah the raids on the Palestinian population began. Entire cities and villages were destroyed, a «policy» that has continued to this day and with every Israeli government. In other words, this started long before Holocaust in Europe, the horrible event that has been used to justify the inhuman Zionist actions.
  The Zionists don’t want peace or coexistence with the Palestinians. They want them Gone.

More about this and similar subjects on Midnight Fire:
Britain's unions commit to mass boycott
I believe it
Israel's inhumanity in Palestine exposed yet again
Definition of Genocide
Blood on their hands and worse
Israel reveals its true face time and time again
Israel's wanton killing of children
A land given them by God

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Truly freedom-hungry people lost again

  Two eager servants of tyranny competed in the US presidential election. Much needed alternatives were rejected once again and all life on Earth is further endangered. Words like equality, freedom and justice are merely more empty phrases.
  Obama couldn’t sustain the excitement from four years ago in this election, for obvious reasons: he has been thoroughly exposed as just yet another establishment stooge.
  I believe firmly that most people voted against Romney, not for Obama. Obama couldn’t even beat an asshole like that soundly. In a world with a minimum of common sense Obama would have won with a landslide. There wouldn’t have been a Republican Party. In a world with a lot of common sense none of them would have been a contender. The Democratic Party would have been small and insignificant.
  And those not voting against Romney, but for Obama were fooled again by bullshit liberal rhetoric and deception. How much longer will they allow themselves to be fucked like this???
  Two parties or block of parties play tennis at any given election, anywhere today. Different players win, but the tennis court remains, and it’s that that got to go.
  The Right Wing Nut Jobs lie about Obama. Others attacking him don’t. Most negative things sane people say about the twice elected president are true, are unequivocal fact.
  As for the victory speech: you hardly hear more bullshit than this, not even in the United States, the foremost nation of bullshit speeches.
  It is somewhat satisfying that all those sick racists have to choke on their vomit some more, but that’s practically the only good thing about last night’s unfortunate event.
  Obama, and others like him, from any established party will never do anything about the true causes of the wrongs of society, never attack the foundation of the thoroughly unjust world, because he, himself is an integrated part of the power structure, the forces perpetuating those wrongs.

More on the subject on Midnight Fire:
Path to power
The false Obama quandary
Occupy the world
Right to protest
The watchers
And where you will find links to far more articles on the subject matter:
The potential power of We