Films composed entirely of so called ‘User Generated Content’. Reminiscent of the global youtube user submitted footage film ‘Life in A Day’
I went to the Central Saint Martins Degree Show, and all it managed to do was solidify my exhaustion with art.
Perhaps unfairly, but a lot of this exhaustion turned frustration was focused at one particular guy, dressed all in white with a green painted face and red around his eyes. He was singing. Well, he was trying to.
He was jumping on the I can’t actually fulfill the technical requirements of the medium, but I’m going to throw my energy at it and you’re going to have to watch it and take it seriously because art.
His antics were that of a rock star, just without the fans, talent, or support of his audience.
Punks couldn’t sing, for the most part, but they stood for something. This guy didn’t do either.
I have the same criticisms of several of the video pieces – poor sound, no grading, sloppy cuts – lacking of basic technical ability. Again, you can make a successful film or video piece without following the commercial film framework and/or breaking the rules of any particular set of conventions, but God Damn It , have a reason to. Don’t just have shit sound because you didn’t think about it, or you don’t know how to do it well. If you can’t fulfill or find collaborators who can fulfill the technical requirements which underpin the kind of work you want to make in your film, fucking choose another medium. Don’t make a shit film or video piece and rest easy on the stable base that this is art.
Picasso could paint traditionally competent figurative works, but chose to make an artistic departure. He wasn’t just too lazy to learn how to paint properly and though ah well, fuck it.
Mostly, it strikes me that the sound that matches with whatever clip you’re deciding on should inform and influence your decision on:
- whether to use it
- how long to use it for
- j cuts/l cuts etc