Robert (gurdonark) wrote,

one frame

I love services like Youtube and I can go there and search around and find video that interests me. I love the participatory nature of these media, and love also the certainty I have these either these media will become more open-source and participatory, or other media which offer superior interactivity will arise.

Yet there is some allure, to me, to the notion of a film festival film. I like the idea of these things, whether one is speaking of Sundance or Toronto or even unheralded festivals like the "family film" festival I attended one year in inland Santa Clarita, California (where my wife's college friend had played a part in costumery or some such for a film). I have been to very few such festivals, and none of the "important" ones.

I really like short films. The notion that someone could shoot 3 or 4 or 10 minutes and create a whole little world impresses me. A part of me would love to make a small film and enter it into a film festival. It need not be an important festival, but rather something fun that showcases things to real people and on-line, like Wildsound. A lot of people enter these short film contests in hope of going to Hollywood, but I have a good job and I know Los Angeles better than any film deal would teach me. I would not want to go to Hollywood. I'd rather make a dozen stray strangers at a film festival smile at something small I did, like a private joke.

I'd love to be able to draw an animated film one frame at a time. I have done a film or two that way for youtube, but they have been very "first draft", in that I did not put enough frames-per-minute to make the film come alive. I don't have many skills in the way of drawing, so that I could not make a lush, representational film of 1,000s of images. Yet if I did hundreds of images a month, it would not be *that* long before I'd have enough images for 2 or 3 minutes of film.

They say you should make films about what you know. Lately, I've been reading about the house sparrow, that invasive bird that overwhelmed almost all of North America and hogs attention at feeders. That would make a good documentary--the story of the house sparrow.
It's a pity I can't draw a sparrow.

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