How an editor destroyed the meaning of Kubrick’s movies by turning them into summer blockbusters.
My first foray into filmmaking. Shot with a Canon PowerShot G9 and edited with Adobe Premier Pro, the short film follows the trials and tribulations of my young son, Aidan, as he tries to master the art of making noise. I decided to shoot in B&W to give the proceedings a documentary feel, reminiscent of the “Cinéma vérité” style of filmmaking. A bit ropey around the edges – especially the sound quality – but hopefully it’s still worth a viewing.
While most of us have been nursing aching heads and broken bodies, post New Year’s Eve revelry, Joanne Carter at theappwhisperer.com has been busy compiling a list of wishes, aspirations and resolutions from a very talented worldwide community of mobile photographers and artists. I was very pleased to be asked to contribute. Below is a copy/paste of my contribution to the article, but I encourage you to visit the site http://theappwhisperer.com/2014/01/01/mobile-photography-new-year-resolutions-from-around-the-world-part-1/ and discover the breadth and depth of the talent that exists among this exciting and vibrant artistic community.
‘My 2014 New Year’s resolution is 8 megapixels. I even surprise myself that I have continued to use my rapidly ageing iPhone 3GS to take photographs; squeezing every last pixel from its puny 3MP sensor. It has, at least, proven loyal, consistent and bug free. This is more than can be said for some of iPhone’s subsequent upgrades – if fellow iphoneographer’s reviews are to be believed. But it’s time to move up, as it has become blatantly obvious that Apple and the nifty photo apps that make mobile photography so much fun, will no longer support or develop for such an archaic model as the 3GS in the future. IOS 7 here I come – or maybe not? The new generation of android camera phones look very enticing; rivalling and even surpassing some of the classic point-and-shoot cameras in terms of megapixels and sensor sensitivity. I’m particularly intrigued with the Samsung’s attempt, with the Galaxy S4 Zoom, to meld a smartphone with the zoom functionality of its ordinary cameras. It’s the future; and we iphoneographers know it – the DSLR and smartphone become one. Yet, at the same time, I am reminded that the range, quality and sophistication of android photo apps lags way behind IOS offerings, and will do so for the foreseeable future.
On a more personal note: In 2014, I intend to continue and strengthen my resolution and resolve made in 2013 – namely, less is more. Shoot less, process less, post less, think more. After my initial exuberance of photographing everything and anything and hoping to ‘fix’ it with an app, I’ve attempted to be more contemplative of what I’m shooting and why. Consideration is a powerful stage in the photographic process which can all too easily be forgotten in the ‘shoot-process-post’ instantaneity of the online world. Being a good visual artist is not only about producing quality work, it is also about the courage and capacity to edit your work – sometimes mercilessly. I hope to continue developing as a photographer in 2014 by simplifying everything I do – less reliance on technique, more searching for soul. The photographs that work best convey human emotions or stories that are universal – technique should always be subservient to the idea or feeling conveyed by the photography. At this point, I would like to send my sincerest best wishes for a Happy New Year to Joanne and her team at TheAppWhisperer and to all my fellow iPhoneographers from around the world. The quality of your work never ceases to delight and inspire me. Happy shooting in 2014 everyone.’
We all know and love Kubrick for his masterful use of photography, and for his innate knowledge of the medium which lead him to becoming one of the 20th century’s greatest film auteurs – but what is less well known; is that he also understood the power of spontaneity in the creative process. One of the many misconceptions about creative people is that they ‘create’ things out of nowhere – more often than not, it is a gift for combining things that seem unrelated and have the bravery to explore and edit results. As with all gifted creative people, Kubrick allowed for, and understood the power of serendipity. One such ‘happy accident’ turned into one of the greatest marriages of celluloid and music in move-making history. While editing the space docking sequence for his seminal film 2001: A Space Odyssey, Kubrick was using the now famous music track – R.Strauss’s ‘The Blue Danube’ – only as a ‘guide’ for editing purposes. It was only meant to be temporary; planning to have an original score written at a later date. Something seemingly temporary became an indelible moment in cinema history. For more from the master move-maker, please click on the link below for a rare interview with Stanley Kubrick recorded in 1966. https://soundcloud.com/brainpicker/a-rare-interview-with-stanley