We’re too clever for our own good. Who, you ask? Why us! Children of the 80’s and 90’s who grew up more placated than any previous generation. Where a kid could be a kid, I don’t wanna grow up, Kidz rule, etc. This was the marketing of our youth that we mistook and continue to mistake for fond nostalgia fodder. In essence, we were lied to over the course of a decade about what matters, what is awesome, and what life was really like and a whole lot of useless plastic was sold and at our poor parents expense.
CGI has yet to define itself as a vibrant new color in the cinematic palette. This is an idea or attitude I’ve been carrying around for a little while now. The way I see it, what is now possible in cinema is really only a cheat. Lauding a modern film’s effects, with phrases like mind-blowing or spectacular, seems sad to me because it all happened in a computer. A cold piece of machinery is a tool and like any tool it can be used correctly or incorrectly. If you want to inspire awe you can’t rely on a machine, you have to use it.
As some of you may know I make short movies. Some I would call short films, others are more like skits, and even more are some weird combination of the two. I’ve found the process of making these things fun and taxing but most of all informative. The only way to learn how to do something is to do it as the old axiom goes and doing it in a way that is at once completely out in the open and yet anonymous has helped to form a bizarre perspective in me that I’ll try to explain through the process of reviewing my own work.
If you haven’t seen “Margo Lane” it’s after the jump: