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.
It’s been 17 years since Dogme95 so I feel like it’s time for a new manifesto on the art of making low-budget films. (I highly recommend The Name of This Book Is Dogme95 by the way, but only if you’re interested in Dogme95…or the Danes in general)