Sunday, May 18, 2014

With what you know about this genre, (from the links above, or from watching mockumentaries in general) tell us your personal take on how you feel about it. What the benefits for filming something in this style are, and how does the genre apply to the digital age?

I love mockumentaries. One of my favorites is "How to be a Serial Killer." I think they're witty, and I like how crude they are. I like to think of it as a reality Simpsons or Family Guy. It's a little bit Mumblecore in my opinion, but with better audio. The satire of serious things is funny as heck though, like politics, for example. I watch shows like The Office and Parks and Recreation all the time, and they're great.

Benefit wise, this style is great. It doesn't have to look perfect, in fact the point is not to, making filming and audio a lot easier to control/not control. A lot of them seem like videos you would send in to Americas Funniest Home Videos. The camera work isn't necessarily shaky, but it isn't completely still. I love the whole interview portion of them though.

Like I've said before, technology/equipment is becoming more accessible as well as affordable. People could easily go out and buy a camera and an inexpensive microphone to make their own film. There are a lot more opportunities that have been offered to filmmakers now because of The Digital Age, especially with this genre. People could easily recreate some sort of spoof of mockumentaries/mockumentary television, such as what Paul's group did.

Good job on that, by the way!

Guerilla Film Making

How does the setting and environment affect both the subjects of the film as well as the crew? 
Since most of the scenes are shot in a sort of impromptu fashion, as well as on location (not always with permission), I'd assume that the actors were a little bit nervous/scared. The crew would have to set up wherever the director sought fit, but they still had to be inconspicuous. I think it's the coolest thing how the crew/directors go about filming. I feel like relying on after effects would be a difficult thing for me to do, though, but that could also contribute to the impromptu feeling of the filming process.

How does this interaction create a new aesthetic/genre?
Well, the aesthetic seemed to be pretty clear, with not too much color correction. I liked the almost homemade feel to it, but it still looked relatively 'professional.' I think that it helped morph a genre thats easy for aspiring filmmakers in the sense that they don't need $10,000 worth of equipment to make a good film, which then relates back to the Digital Age. Both inexpensive cameras and audio equipment are available to people.

How does learning that the film was made a guerrilla fashion affect your perception of the film? 
I thought more of it. I really admire the directors and actors for doing what they did so well. I can barely make a decent film using a handheld, while they're out making a low budget/skeleton crew films the look and sound amazing. I honestly loved the movie and it's "hidden message" that I got out of it. For being somewhat impromptu it flowed well and made a lot of sense. I would for sure watch more films that are Guerilla made.

Were there any parts that took you out of it due to the way it was shot and the budget it had?
Honestly, no. It didn't sink in that it was any different from a Hollywood film until afterwards, which just made me admire it more. I thought they did brilliant for the budget they had. I didn't think anything negative of the film once I explored more on Guerilla style.

Monday, May 5, 2014

"New New Wave" Black and White Film: Escape from Tomorrow

      I thought "Escape from Tomorrow" was interesting. I liked the black and white because, in my opinion, it covers a lot of things up makeup wise as well as helping with after effects. When using black and white to shoot, you're eliminating the use of color correction later. It's much easier to fix up your exposure, etc. when editing. I felt like it was giving a nostalgic look while using modern-day disney (world/land?) as something more modern day. ALSO- the cat flu part was ridiculous and awesome all at the same time.
      The future of B&W cinema is interesting to me. I don't know if it necessarily has a comeback as said in the article but it has the potential to. B&W saves production costs as well as makeup, etc. I think that it has a future, but maybe not as successful and widespread as we like to think. A lot of people do like the B&W aesthetic, which gives the film a more nostalgic/old-timey feel to it, while color is getting more advanced.
      I thought the whole shooting in color and then converting thing was also interesting. Taking new technology (being color film) and almost taking a step backwards? What about multi-colored films? B&W as well as color, like "The Wizard of Oz?" What are those films categorized in? Is it the aesthetic that B&W is used for? Or is it production reasons?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Blog Assignment - Mumblehore

Read the LA weekly article, and the total film article. With your new understanding of the mumblehore genre, write a response on how paranormal activity stands up. What are some other mumblehore movies you can think of? What is your reaction to this genre?

http://www.totalfilm.com/features/the-story-behind-paranormal-activity

http://features.laweekly.com/mumblegore/

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tiny Chairs

      Mumblecore was a genre that became popular in the early 2000's. The aesthetics of Mumblecore include poor audio, shaky camera, and lack of color correction. The content of most of these movies are generally unscripted, white, middle class young adults going through post-graduation troubles.
      In "The Puffy Chair" a couple, Josh and Emily, are on their way to go pick up a chair and visit Josh's father, giving him the chair as a present. Along the way they run into many obstacles such as John's brother wanting to join them on their road trip. Some critics don't consider this to be along the lines of Mumblecore because of the plot. The characters have a goal, when in most instances, the main character is just "wandering." They don't necessarily have a set goal(s).
     We see this rule followed in "Tiny Furniture." In "Tiny Furniture," Aura- a post graduate, is struggling to keep moving forward with her life. She doesn't seem to have any goals, she goes in the direction she's pushed. We see her start her journey when she moves back in with her mom, who persuades her to get back on her feet. This movie is labeled as Mumblecore because of the semi-poor equipment used.
      These movies are similar plot wise as well as aesthetics wise. They're both done by amateur film makers with unprofessional equipment. "The Puffy Chair" has more of a Mumblecore aesthetic than "Tiny Furniture" because of the shaky camera aspect, while "Tiny Furniture" has a more Mumblecore plot, without a goal.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Go Pro/Reign of Mothership Reflection

The Go Pro article mentions a lot about fanfiction being dominated by women, I'm curious as to why. Another thing (speaking on copyright terms) is, are they going to make their characters copyright so that they cannot be used in fanfiction? What makes this any different from remixing music? It's taking other people'e material, essentially remixing it, and calling it your own. Similar to the example we looked at in class of the Brazilian (I think) girl's book where she took other people's works and remixed them. Or for a fact cosplay? Is that going to be illegal? #undergroundcosplay

But, moving back onto the topic of audience-artist relationship, is it not a compliment when people admire your work so much they care to dress as one of your characters? I think most of it depends on the artist and how power hungry (used loosely) they are. Does it all come down to money? Back (again) to artists and their audiences, the smaller the artist is, the closer they are to their fanbase, BUT, the bigger the fanbase, the bigger the artist, making that connection smaller, less personal. IT's kind of a vicious cycle. So, why do artist want to be close to their audiences? Also, how much of an influence do these people have on us? I'm going to say a lot, considering if you ask (almost) every Interlochen student I'm sure they'll have some idol in their mind, someone who's work they admire, who they aspire to be like. Going back AGAIN to the money aspect, typically the more popular the artist the more money you pay, making it harder for some people to have that connection with the artist. 

ANYWAYS, user-generated content. People putting their own twist on something 'original.' Now, I do not believe originality is even a thing anymore. We all take from things around us, but if one of those things is too similar to another it becomes a legal issue. Obviously we must put a copyright on God! It's radicalistic. ((Is that even a word??))

Now, in the Reign of the Mothership article it says something like '..disallowing commercial
manipulation.' SO, does that mean we only pay attention to the commercial popular things? YES IT DOES! Like I said, the bigger the fanbase, the bigger the artist. Do not let the corporations fool you, they only want your money. #staybrutal

TRANSMEDIA STORYTELLING. that's something interesting. Such as the True Blood example. That's super rad. When we watched the commercials I swear I thought it was real and kind of like, my whole life flashed before my eyes, I think it's so cool, the advertising world I mean. They're going to, well, extremes to get audiences interested. And keep them interested. What a time to be alive.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Kimya Dawson/Juno Mashup


This is a mashup done using clips from Juno, and the song Tire Swing by Kimya Dawson.