Thursday, April 04, 2013

True artistic freedom (VI) - Transition: the great collapse of the old and trite and oppressive

  I have studied filmmaking the last six months far above the theoretic level of most film-schools by reading and/or re-reading the following books: “The technique of filmmaking and video editing” (fourth edition) by Ken Dancyger, “Directing” (third edition) by Michael Rabiger, “DV filmmaking from start to finish” by Ian David Aronson, “The Guerrilla Film-Makers handbook” by Chris Jones and Genevieve Jolliffe, “Producing great sound for film and video" (third edition), by Jay Rose and “Film directing: cinematic motion (fourth edition)” by Steven D. Katz and “film directing: shot by shot” also by Katz.
  Coincidence/availability played a role in my choosing of these books, I guess, since I found them all at the local library, but jointly I feel strongly they've given me the necessary knowledge and confidence to restart my never truly started film-making career. As stated they are somewhat outdated in some areas, particularly concerning HD-editing, but still useful.
  But these are all mostly technical or film-technical books. One more, “Pictures at a revolution” by Mark Harris sort of completed the painting for me. It’s about the transitional period during the sixties when Hollywood changed from a rigid system of old school film-making to something less so, how films like the Graduate and Bonnie and Clyde made a big splash in people’s consciousness. It’s about Sidney Poitier, how he, as a black man strove with typecasting and about racism in film and society in general at the time.
  These days and nights another transitional period is manifesting itself, one where hopefully Hollywood (and MPAA) bites the dust and vanish for good, leaving the entire stage to the countless new film-makers emerging because of the digital revolution. A system that hasn't made anything even resembling great in at least four years and has stifled creativity for almost all the hundred years it has existed and wages war against all rejecting the copyright tyranny should collapse. And they say there are still only fifteen black people (and Oprah Winfrey) established in Hollywood and I believe that to be true. This rigid system keeps going from bad to worse. With its «recent» extended focus on remakes, empty-headed action films, romantic «comedies» and its total, final capitulation to the CIA added to its sickening ongoing mainstream approach there is little or nothing left true independent artists and human beings will miss.

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