Yo. Work on the films going pretty good. I've got almost 2 minutes of animation done and am quite proud of myself getting through that much in less than a month. It's not perfect, its not all lovely and smooth, but it's getting there and it's good enough for what I want, which I guess is the reality of making anything. I haven't done any of the backgrounds, am gunna do them all in one swoop when i'm home.
Am very thankful to have recruited a few helpful hands from the course. You know who you are. It feels good to be able to use those around you as aids when needed.
Got into David Lynch films recently after happening upon Blue Velvet. Just watched Mullholland Drive, and have got a stack more to go. I really like the way he juxtaposes the 'All American' normal people with the crazy situations that are only fitting in a dream: The young couple is Blue Velvet who get lost in a whirlwind of bad-crazyness. Mullholland Drive does a simillar thing. It kinda feels like one of them films you'd happen upon on a bored wednesday afternoon, skipping school on the settee. Its got all the makings - the sappy music, the plastic dialogue - but then its like its been dipped and coated in this crazy world of David Lynch. I really love it. It goes from being this B-movie, to suddenly being blown away. Its a clever juxtaposition that exemplifies him as a director. For example, the back to back scenes of the two girls rehearsing the scene for her casting audition, then Naomi Watt's actually performing the same scene in the casting audition (warning - spoiler vid) =
I've got a week left in America now. Arrive back on the 20th, couple of days in London and then back to good ole' Fal.
Am gettin' really into the way the internet is being used to push things forward. It allows freedom. Check out this post from Ricky Gervais:
It seems certain people have the right idea.. Mike Skinner (of the Streets) making music and putting it straight on the web. The South Park guys not caring that the show's been ripped illegally and put on the web - they like it, it means exposure, more people get to see the show, great. & Ricky Gervais there.
There's a whole world of it out there, but what's noticeable with this bunch, is that they're established television people who are pleased to utilize the web. And not just for gimmicky 'tentpole' blogs and webisodes, but actually for pushing it for what it and discovering everything it can be used for.
It seems to me the web & post-modernity go hand in hand. Our generations got a real chance to push things forward. The wealth of knowledge literally at your fingertips. Learn about art movements, learn about forgotten history. It's all out there. The work of this generation is going to be so layered and saturated with meaning and we're all gunna be able to get it.
The net's really gunna push things forward for our generation, and it's gunna be so interesting to watch. When people ask the old fabled question, 'If you could be born in any time period, when would it be?' The futures answer may just be the noughties. Naughty noughties.