October 2009 Archives
The Brothers Quay
Rehearsals for Extinct Anatomies (14 min.) Virtuoso stop-motion animation; b/w play with lines and vibration; I spoke with Sarah about the piece after watching her film with the lines of yarn, and I think those interested in stop-motion must see this.
Lumiere et compagnie (88 min., each film 1 min.) 40 directors were asked to shoot a film using an old Lumiere camera. The rules were: 1) the film could be no longer than 52 seconds, 2) no Synchronized sound, 3) no more than 3 takes.
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (103 min., I can show scenes) This is in response to a class discussion on "visual" films. Kim Ki-Duk is one of the most important Korean filmmakers today. His films tend to mix extremely beautiful, Tarkovsky-esque quiet shots with extreme violence.
Stalker (163 min., scenes) In response to Ryan's film in which I commented that the landscape seemed to be the main character of the piece.
Tetsuo: Iron Man (67 min., scenes) Stop motion animation with chopped-up live action editing. Simply an amazing film that you must see if you're interested in stop motion animation.
I'm not sure what film of his I'd like to show yet, but I'd like to show something he's done in Super 8 such as Cowards Bend the Knee (60 min., scenes). Amazing surrealist filmmaker from Canada who takes a lot of inspiration from the silent film era.
I think it might be worth showing scenes from Possession (127 min., scenes) or On the Silver Globe (166 min., scenes) for Tim. Zulawski is a Polish filmmaker whose films are heavily influenced by theater and feature spastic, extremely volatile performances in constructed worlds where everyone is insane.
Jodorowsky came up in our viewing of Parajonov's Color of Pomegranites. I may show scenes from one or more of his films, possibly El Topo, since I'm still waiting on some Interlibrary Loan DVDs. I have his box set. Jodorowsky is a surrealist filmmaker with a carnival background who made films in Mexico, which often feature striking visuals, carnival-type performance art and the grotesque.
For my second project, I'll be exploring the concept of
"Minnesota Nice" as set in a Hitchcock ballroom dance sequence. "Minnesota
Nice" is a perfectly happy and hokey concept when you're from the city and
people are exposed to diversity, but to people with a mild interest in escaping
rural life while living in southern
To accomplish this, I'm going to need to track down a lot of talent to properly fill a "ballroom", which will be created using Studio B and plenty of noir-ish lighting. I think accomplishing a sense of menace won't be too hard. There will probably be other room for social commentary throughout this piece. I'm hoping that this will turn out to be a two- or three-reel film, maybe even a partial installation. We'll see.
In addition, I'm going to explore a more "cinematic" visual style that involves smoother (perhaps even dollied) shots. I feel like a stylized and slick style will work as a nice dramatic counterpoint to the inherently terrifying visions of "Minnesota Nice" that I've seen in my life. It's like a mix of Deliverance and A Prairie Home Companion, but twice as spooky.
Critique date: 11/04
Last processing date: 10/29.
Start date: Friday, 10/16
Tentative shoot dates: 10/17, 10/18, 10/25, 10/25
Editing from 10/29-11/03. Hopefully I can accomplish this in two days and then tweak as necessary.
I tentatively plan to continue exploring