Category: writing

Media Manifesto

A camera does not see how an eye sees, and when an image seems to move, it is not actually moving as a thing moves – a “moving image” is always a series of still frames separated either by blackness or merged by algorithmic compression. Since the moving image is captured by an instrument that gathers light and motion fundamentally differently…

Spielberg and Lucas agree…

…With what I was saying a couple of weeks ago about Life After Hollywood, it turns out – according to this story from last year. I’m with them on the likely “implosion” of the studio system – but of course I disagree about what the future holds, or what it should hold: they predict ever-increasingly immersive, technological experiences – wrap-around screens, virtual reality, brain…

In Praise of the Short Film

I just finished a 12-minute film that I’ve been working on for more than two years, and screened it at the Bryant Lake Bowl Theater last week. Roughly 100 people showed up over two nights, a healthy-sized crowd in the 70-ish seat theater. Could I have made it faster? Probably. Could I have made it longer? Certainly. Could I have gotten…

The Myth of Community

It seems like everywhere I go these days, I become embroiled in conversations about the health of this or that community. The Community is ailing, and what can be done? Specifically, how can we get more people to participate in this or that community: the film community, the dance community, the art community. The conversation seems to play out the…

The Hero in Love

With the latest shooting spree by a young, sexually frustrated white male, the idea that the media is responsible for men’s unrealistic romantic expectations has arisen again as a topic of debate. A lot has been said about privilege, about romantic comedy tropes, about gender representation in Hollywood – and I think all of those are valid points, but I…

Life After Hollywood

I just returned from a two-week student exchange with the Beijing Film Academy, or the BFA, the main (and best, according to their PR) film school in China. They say it’s the 3rd-ranked film school in the world, which I guess I believe, though who knows who is doing the ranking. The BFA has about 3,000 students enrolled at a…

The Ideology of the Anti-Hero

I like to flatter myself that I have an evolved relationship with the television I watch, as an informed, discerning connoisseur of media. This article at Salon provided a welcome dose of humility and a reality check. Dramatic television may, in fact, be better than it’s ever been – or at least the best of it is. And it makes sense…

The Business of Art

I suppose that any successful ideology, throughout history, succeeds by absorbing both adjacent and competing ideologies. See, for example, the Christmas Tree, the Easter Bunny, Halloween. Today, everything is a business: that’s the unquestioned orthodoxy I encounter on a daily basis. Universities, nonprofits, arts organizations, even churches seem to have absorbed the idea that we are all in the business…

The Death of the Hero

The Hero’s Journey seems to have totally taken over our culture, and it’s starting to drive me crazy. It’s not a bad myth, as myths go, but I’m tired of seeing it applied to every single facet of human life, large and small. Even and especially in the world of personal growth – so much rhetoric about improving ourselves. One…

The Undercloud

This idea of the internet as underworld is making more and more sense to me. From the book I’m reading, The Dream and the Underworld, by James Hillman: Put more bluntly: underworld is psyche. When we use the word underworld, we are referring to a wholly psychic perspective, where one’s entire mode of being has been de-substantialized, killed of natural…