25 Feb Film is infinite. Film is easy. Film is hard. Unlimited creativity comes, if you can just look.
The amount of things you have to get right to make a good film, let alone a GREAT film or iconic film is quite astonishing. So many elements must work harmoniously and flawlessly in order for the audience to follow your vision in today’s hyper-film-literate world.
However, the amount of information at your disposal in 2015 in regards to this is mind-blowing. All the techniques and epiphanies people have spent decades learning through lifetimes of blood, sweat and tears is at ones finger tips if they know what to look for. And even if they don’t, one can easily find out; if they’re willing to look. Not only that, once you know what to look for you can watch finished works and learn enormously. Then it’s up to you to be able to duplicate what the greats have done and then make it your own. And then take it to the next level.
So many elements must work harmoniously and flawlessly in order for the audience to follow your vision in today’s hyper-film-literate world.
It’s like Spielberg (or your person of choice in whatever department) has already done the work for you. You just need to really watch him (or her). That’s the hard part; being able to see and being able to do it yourself. And that’s why I think duplication is the single most valuable skill in the world. Mix it with creativity and an original voice and you’re a force to be reckoned with. But that’s the thing; I see so many students, critics and folks alike who can philosophize and know every detail about film, but then you see their work… they can’t do it. Then you get a guy like Quentin Tarantino, who just soaks up movies and spits it out on screen.
Well, for years I’ve watched, but never really looked and never really saw. Now I can. Boy is it fun! It actually takes all of my intelligence, all of my energy, all of my work ethic to create what I really want to create. That’s why film is the most beautiful thing in the world to me, and why I’ve chosen that over anything else. Further, it’s an all-encompassing art form. Every single art form in the world is under the domain of the filmmaker. Why? Because with film you’re capturing life. And art imitates life… So it’s a never-ending circle of communication.
And I guess that proves that the possibilities of film are infinite, doesn’t it? Pretty cool. So no matter how much of a genius you are, and how creative you are, film has no limits and no boundaries…And if you find them, you can be like James Cameron and break them down.
Random: The theme from E.T. is ridiculous. I’ve been watching Spielberg’s filmography from his first film on, and just hit E.T.