Posts tagged film

If you happen to be around Venice, Italy next Friday (September 2nd) night, be sure to check out a screening of Change Your Habits Today at the Circuito Off Film Festival.

Yes, it may be true moneymaking necessities made my filmmaking career take a backseat to multimedia and hired video stuff, but it’s not entirely out yet. In fact, I’m ready to announce that I expect to have new film called Damião will be ready for premiere by the end of September. More on that soon.

Misc. links July 6th - 24th

Andy Rutledge has some thoughts on the terrible design of news websites, and some actual proposals at making it better. A very interesting read, and some very interesting proposals, but I have a feeling news websites are defective by design. There’s no advertising revenue on cutting down confusion and unnecessary clicking. Services such as Readability and Instapaper are allowed to let ‘power users’ actually read stuff (some people do the darndest things!), but their very existence is a sign media companies don’t care about the readers, and content is often considered cattle feed. They’d give us lorem ipsum every day if we read the ads.

If your website is full of assholes, it’s your fault. So says Anil Dash (warning, the link crashes consistently on Chrome, which is something the author should really look into). I agree: moderation is essential. I’ve often learned this the hard way, but there’s no incompatibility between aggressive moderation and freedom of expression (after all the Internet is big, and there are enough free places where you can exercise your expression). It’s all a matter of my house, my rules.

Ted Dziuba is a great programmer, he even built a Facebook clone in 4 days. A great humourous play on the stupid job offers that ask for incredible complicated feats of Web development for indeterminate future money (or, I would add, the digital sweatshops *ahem*, ‘creative industries’ that ask for developers to be proefficient in every language known to Man, with some design software thrown in, which only shows ignorance and a certain path to insolvence).

The Cinefamily is my new favourite blog about cinema. It rawks.

Whose Ideal Was This, Anyway?: the evolution of the ideal body, from late 19th century women in corsets to early 21st century women on the edge of the Uncanny Valley. The contrast between the images of Bond Girls 40 years apart, Ursula Andress and Halle Berry, is the difference between an image of a woman and an image of a Formula1 racing car — an image of science and technology, but not an image of a woman, really. Men, by contrast, have had an easier time keeping the media at bay from blasting their self-image, even if some things are ridiculous — see the steroidal ultra-muscular action figure.

Misc. links June 27th - July 5th

James Gleick on what defines a meme.

Practical tips on writing a book. Which is something I permanently want to start doing, soon.

Werner Herzog explains ‘truth intensification’ to Steven Colbert. I quite enjoy Herzog’s candid approach to the subject; while his manipulative antics (mutant albino aligators!) might horrify some, the fact is manipulation is unavoidable. Like an audiovisual equivalent of the Uncertainty Principle, I believe subjectivity stars when the filmmaker choses a camera angle over another or a moment over another. In that sense, all documentary is fiction (or, a lot more like fiction that most people want to believe), and the debate about truthfulness should hinge on what the author is trying to say rather than what is being shown.

A professor and a professional cheat talk about plagiarism, the business of writing college papers for other students, and the paradoxes of Higher Education.

The Elements of Hapiness, a study capturing the entire lives of more than 800 individuals. It’s a shame you can’t download the PDF.

This model can also be found in the aisles of supermarkets, where you’re offered a bite of cheese on a toothpick. After you eat it, you know everything there is to know about that cheese except what it would be like to eat a pound of it.

Roger Ebert on movie trailers. (via Cheat Sheet)

Put simply, we’d rather stay home, and movies are made for people who’d rather go out.

The Day the Movies Died - a gripping read about the sad state of film production in the US everywhere. It’s easy to blame greedy philistine producers, but the truth is most grown-up audiences rather stay home watching Mad Men — quality audio-visual time indeed, but part of a vicious circle that’s turning movie theatres into branches of Toys’R’Us…