Category: MicroCinema

OtherZine 29!

I have a new piece published in the online journal “OtherZine” which is connected to the Other Cinema in San Francisco. It’s called “Beyond MacroCinema” and it’s related to what I’ve been writing about here for the last year or so, but it’s nice to put those ideas into an outside forum, without the benefit of context, to see if…

“Cinema with a Capital C”

“You are not a filmmaker,” she said, “You can be a filmmaker, of course, but you cannot continue to singularly define yourself as such.” Dotson went on to claim that reverence for movie culture was one of the problems with the young content-makers. “We’re all trying to find a way to embrace the ambiguity of this new era we live…

Compare and Contrast

MacroCinema is hierarchical, product-oriented, and an attempt to make the world conform to a directorial / studio / corporate vision. MicroCinema is relational, process oriented, and an attempt to make something that reflects and responds to the world as it is at this moment – objectively or subjectively speaking. MacroCinema attempts to rigidly conform to a schedule and a budget – it…

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…