Thursday, April 23, 2009


if i ruled the 6x1 universe

If I were to rule the 6x1 galaxy it would be way too much power and I would destroy the entire place. But if I happened to flourish in my new role then I wouldn't do a lot different to the current class. Maybe I would make the class a year long and flush out the kids that don't really care. But when you have diversity in a class that makes things more interesting. I was a little bummed that we kept our same partners over and over again. I like to switch it up in order to meet new people. In the end I'm glad we kept our same partners. Emily and I became very close through this semester, and she and I are now half of a production team that we just recently started. If she and I hadn't been partners for this class, we would have never gotten to know each other's strengths so well. I really really enjoyed the stop motion portion of the class. Super8 film and camera make my heart beat a little bit faster. I had no idea that our project was going to turn out so well. I feel that if the groups had all planned out the jist of their project ahead of time, they would have been a little better. That's probably a little rude to say, but that is how I feel. Luckily, we had all the right random props to make our film speak about the creation of the universe and that is not always easy. I think the 48 - video race was awesome too! Unfortunely, I was super overloaded, but I am still glad that I got to participate. If I had had less on me, I would made a better film. But you win some and you lose some.

Next year I hope that it doesn't rain on your ONETAKE students. It puts a little bit of a damper on that project. It's a great project. THANK YOU ANDRE FOR LETTING US FILM STUDENTS USE FILM. How appropriate!

It's hard to write this blog because I am sad that the class is over.

It's actually really hard for me. It's not often that I feel completely comfortable to express my quirky brain in an academic setting. Usually I feel like they are trying to change who I am and I feel like you don't do that. Thank you.

6 6x1 rankings about 6x1 projects that we did in 6x1 with Andre Silva

I keep changing my minds. 
which was my favorite, 2nd, last!? I have no idea because really i've liked all these projects more than any other project i have ever done while in film school. 
Animation is extremely awesome though. Never give that one up!
Shooting on film! What a crazy idea for a film studies program. Andre you are intergalactic. SHIZAM! THIS IS THE LARGEST FONT BLOGGER HAS. hmm. i'll have to write them about this. 
1.Stop Motion Animation. Because it was totally tubular
2. Found Footage. Because it was really rad
3.48 hour video race. CHEESE SANDWICHSSS stressfully satisfying
4. cameraless filmmaking. blissfully brakhage
5. One Take. rainy yet rewarding
6. Rhythmic Editing. Somewhat Seizure Inducing. 
also, if anyone wants to submit their films to our public access show this summer. THEY SHOULD! we will try to feature a few different filmmakers per week. 

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Blog 48 Hour RaCE

I have to admit that the night of the 48 Hour race was the best in my entire life and if all the films were composed of still shots of a cheese sandwich for 100 minutes I probably still would have liked it. I'm not really the best to ask for an opinion on that night. The Cheese Sandwich Film Festival was random, quirky, and eccentric. The only way it could have been better is if Robert Delford Brown was there. He was a friend of mine and Jengo's and he passed away a few days before. He was the definition of eccentricity and loveliness. The essence of the 48 hour race is stirring. Jarring KABLAAM. I was dealing with extreme stress the week of the festival. I would classify it as good stress for the most part, but still it was stress and I wasn't sleeping very well. I almost called you Andre to ask you if I could have an extension on the assignment. I'm so glad that I didn't. I had fun using the stills from my camera to make the final project. Gladly, when I went to the editing room a group of film students were in there. With the help of those students in the editing lab, especially Brandon Smith, I got the whole timeline together. If I hadn't gone to the editing lab to work on my 48 hour project, I wouldn't have been able to receive the help I needed for the festival. It's funny how things work out better than you could have expected. I was a bit dissapointed with how my project played though. I should have inserted slugs or something where I wanted my project to be black. Somehow all the parts I wanted to be black were compressed together. It was supposed to be more rhythmic than it was. But what the freak ever, I threw together a ba film festival with ba films. All my friends and family (that had tickets) were there. I'm glad we got to get rid of a ton of beer, soda, and excess bribes on the table, at the 48 hour race. I was also really impressed by the films that my fellow students had. I thought it was amazing that so many people stayed after to watch the films after the festival. That said a lot about the environtment.
seriously fucking ever.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

you mum.


I had to read and reread this article. It touched on so many facets concerning plagiarism, it was difficult for me with my ADD to stay on track. Furthermore, Letham uses countless authors of various sorts that I am incredibly fans of, as examples for his paper. I had absolutely no idea that William Burroughs and Bob Dylan sampled so much of their work from other authors/musicians. I hate hate hate plagiarism, but like Lethem says, "if this is plagiarism, give us more." Really, I feel like societies that don't protect intellectual property guidelines are just asking for mediocrity. I hate to say it, but almost noone wants to work hard for something if they will get no credit for it. That is just the way it is. If I wanted to compose a song, but as soon as I published it, someone could steal it and claim it as their own, I don't know if I would want to work as diligently on my music. There is nothing more heartbreaking than feeling cheated when it comes to your creativity. I've had people steal ideas of mine and claim them as their own. It freaking sucks. BUT, after reading this article, I could see a lot of Lethem's points. In a perfect/Utopian society we wouldn't need these rules. When we share information and technology, it helps our society grow. I found that quotation by Donne at the beginning of the article to be pretty profound. If we functioned harmoniously together where we shared information and didn't try to forbid the using of ideas and technology, then we would all be adding to this wonderful epic that is mankind and its output.
I wanted to add that I never knew the fundamental ideas of Surrealists until I read this article. That's pretty silly since Bunuel and Dali are two of my favorite artists. This article provides a lot of food for thought when it comes to the realm of sharing/plagiarizing/sampling. Whatever it really is.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

On The Rights of the Molotov Man

I was impressed by the layout of this article. When I began to read Joy Garnett's perspective on her painting of the Molotov Man, I thought to myself "Man is this article one-sided or what." When I realized that Susan Meiselas would have an opportunity to rebut the Joy, I was pleasantly surprised. I think its interesting that this article is based off a discussion at NYU, between the two ladies. Its pretty funny that these women disagree so broadly, but their discussion was so even tempered. I think they would have been more livid with each other if they had been arguing the same issue. But they are debating two vastly different issues. Joy's argument is centered around her personal work with an image that she has no emotional ties to. Joy perceives the image of the Molotov Man as her own. She feels ownership with regards to the image because she stumbled upon it and emotionally detached from the picture by ignoring it for a small stretch of time. However, I feel like it would be hard to detach oneself from an image as powerful as the Molotov Man. Emotion is etched across his face. The utter power that is built up in his arm that will momentarily erupt is extremely captivating. There is no way that staring at this image for days upon days wouldn't make one feel attached to the picture. I feel closely connected to images that I am editing on Photoshop or images that I am painting. If I ever get success in the artworld for a particular piece that used found images, I think it is only fair to acknowledge the original artist. I know that the Molotov Man's struggle and the right to his image is his own, but let's be fair here. Sue Meiselas put in a lot of hard work to get that masterful shot. She had to be in Nicaragua during very volatile period and connect with the turbulence of the period in order to compose such a powerful photograph. It speaks very loudly. Joy Garnett should have credited the original photographer. At least she should have looked for the original photographer to give credit. Perhaps she was afraid that if she had the knowledge of who created the photo, she would lose her newfound "ownership" of the image. She seemed like she wanted the photo to have been unattached and floating in cyberspace. That would be nice, but with how connected the internet is, the truth will always come out. When I read Sue Garnett's rebuttle, I understood her connection to the image, but the debate should have been more focused on the ownership of art. She was making an emotional plea rather than an elegant argument regarding art.