Category: Hollywood

The Ideology of MacroCinema

To say that the relationship between narrative and reality always involves violence is not to say that narrative is wrong. It is more accurate to say that narrative is never neutral – it never “just is” – in a closed system, there is no creation without destruction, no translation without interpretation, one cannot act in the world without leaving a…

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…

The Wisdom of Charlie Kaufman

People all over the world spend countless hours of their lives every week being fed entertainment in the form of movies, TV shows, newspapers, YouTube videos and the Internet. And it’s ludicrous to believe that this stuff doesn’t alter our brains. It’s also equally ludicrous to believe that — at the very least — this mass distraction and manipulation is not convenient for the…

Macro-Cinema is Dead…

…Long live Microcinema! I just went to see Selma, which is a really excellent film, about important historical figures, making important decisions and doing important things. I don’t see many of them, these days, though they’re certainly still out there – also this year we had the one about Stephen Hawking, and the one about the Turing guy breaking codes…

Endarchy

endarch adjective, Botany 1. (of a primary xylem or root) developing from the periphery; having the oldest cells closest to the core.  1895-1900; end- + -arch having a point of origin (as specified)      -dictionary.com In the long-term effort to figure out how to talk about my work as a filmmaker, the idea of control comes up again and…