Author: Kevin

Approaching MicroCinema

I remember reading about the film “Castaway” at some point during college or shortly afterwards. Robert Zemeckis had decided that in order to give the film its own unique look and style, that the entire island sequence (probably 2/3 of the film) would be shot without any lights. And, later in the same article, I read that they had brought a…

Gendered Cinema

There are so many status quo filmmaking supposed “norms”—questionable militaristic language like “point” and “shoot” and “cut”—”CAPTURE” a moment. But the truth is: I came into most of my power as a filmmaker when I realized that all I needed to do was make a safe space for people to have feelings. This keynote address by Jill Soloway has been popping up…

Cinema of Control

I want to repeat, and keep repeating, that I am not anti-MacroCinema. Many big movies have been formative experiences in my life, and occasionally I still see one that impacts my perspective on the world in a powerful way. All the more reason, I think, to continue to discuss the ongoing and evolving role of MacroCinema in global culture. Most…

Charlie Kaufman on Screenwriting

I found it! I haven’t actually watched it yet but I really like this guy. If anyone is still somehow making MacroCinema that is also Art, it’s him – it’s a small and shrinking club, as he seems all too aware. I feel like there’s more to say about the idea of Narrative as Violence that I haven’t worked out yet…

“The Phenomenon of Popularity”

But there’s an extra phenomenon that arises from major releases—the phenomenon of popularity. The very fact that a movie captures the interest of millions of viewers is a mark of its makers’ creativity. Popular success is no random flick of the finger of fate, but the result of a combination of ability and acumen—which, however, isn’t the same thing as…

The Age of Dragons

This will sound silly, but hear me out. Dragons are back in popular culture in a big way – if they ever really left. First and foremost are the Game of Thrones dragons, along with the Peter Jackson Hobbit Trilogy dragon Smaug, and the How to Train Your Dragon series for kids. Dragons are probably easier to devise and render…

Monument Time : Tourist Time

Footage from the Nash Gallery at the University of Minnesota, where my MFA Thesis Project was installed. The piece consists of digital scans of four films created with a pinhole camera, each one about a six minute loop, projected onto screens nine feet tall, with no sound. If you’re interested in seeing the full films individually in quicktime format, let me know…