As I said : we'll try hard
Thanks for the discussion.
Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 on Let's Play
Getting something as Birdman is the result of month of prep. The set has to be built to include all the lights. And of course, days and days of rehearsal. The steadicamer (or Movi operator) is not the director and focus only on the camera work. And by the way, Michael Keaton is an academy award winner actor. But, let's say, we'll try hard. :)
Monday, March 20th, 2017 on Tracy Lindsay stars in director J Zakari’s exciting Viv Thomas debut!
Thank you for all your positive and/or constructive critics. Congrats to the models. They are amazing.
Monday, March 20th, 2017 on Let's Play
Thanks for this long comment .. even if it asks for a long answer :)
Two things first :
1. You don’t cross any lines. You can choose your words. I know you critics my work and not my person.
2. My answer is not to say : I’m right, you’re wrong. I will only tell you why I do like that or not
Things I agree with you :
The sound. You’re perfectly right. It’s not as good as I wanted. You have to know that for the moment,I’m a single man operation and in my job, I’m used working with crew of 20 and more people. Big change. I hope to not make the same mistakes again. But Im’ not sure of knocking the microphone. Floor was noisy. Anyway …
Also, you have to know I talk to the models, sometimes just to say : “what you do is great”. I think it’s important to let them know they head in the good direction. Of course, I have to edit the sound again to cover my voice. Hmmmm
The coat moment. Of course, I saw it while shooting BUT we made a few takes before this one and I felt that now, Tracy was on the good way. And I was right. You can see she knows the coat didn’t fall correctly as she push it away in the corner of the room. Clever from her and I didn’t want to stop her again in what I was thinking will be the best shot. It generated a lot of frustration on my side (while shooting and editing phase) - but I’m still sure I made a right decision. Sorry for you guys !
About the technical aspects …
Foreground objects :
I don’t use them for the “artistic way of doing”. I decide to shoot this video with a 90 mm lens - in comparaison, Jewels on TLE was shot with a 35 mm lens. So, I decided from the beginning to put the viewer in a distance : maybe in the voyeur position. When you look from a distance, you have mostly objects between you and what you watch. That’s a bit the feeling I wanted to give. I also think that blurred foreground is guiding the eye of the viewer with some kind of excitation. First, you don’t really see what happens (exactly because of the foreground) and if you keep watching, you will see. Imagine you spot a beautiful girl in the crowd and you’re not really sure if she’s that beautiful because you view is not 100% free and then, all the people in the foreground blocking your view vanish and you see how beautiful she is. I think it’s happening every day in my life. That’s it.
For the editing, I’m not really sure I understand what you mean ?? My intention was to alternate wide shot (the voyeur point of view) with extreme close-up (inside the models head) - I think the nicest shots are the extrême close-up on Tracy when she starts to play. The movements of her nose is amazing …
About the “shared experience”. I have to say, I share Rose’s point of view. If we want to see the “behind the scene”, then it has to be in a different chapter. I think it’s a nice feature (at least, so I saw it) to not know what happens here. Why is Tess at this position ? Is it a game for her, a punition, … ? The only hint is the look she points to Tracy after getting her panties at the end. I think this short look gives a lot of what her situation was.
Regarding the educational aspect, you’re totally right.
For me, “Love For Sale” is the best Alis made (and Tracy was perfect in it )
I’m still on the learning curve and doing a lesbian scene is a more complex enterprise as filming a solo.
I’m glad I did it.
Thanks for taking the time to comment on this. It’s feeding me.
Haha :) I always set my expectations high, (too high in fact) - but take it as a compliment. I wouldn't set them there unless you'd shown me you were capable of achieving to that level.
J. To no end do I appreciate the insight into your thoughts and work. Thank you immensely for this detailed response!
Regarding your feedback and explanations:
A great point - I especially appreciated the example given re; the girl in the crowd. I think your philosophy and pursuit of authenticity are laudable. I'm able to better understand your rationale and perspective now. I still think your use of these shots, in this film at least, was imperfect however. I understood that voyeurism reflected through the camera/viewer was what you were going for, but the primary use of tripod and dolly shots didn't adequately convince me of that, so I wrote it off as a flawed/failed attempt. An unbroken shot from a handheld or steadicam would have unequivocally reflected that theme however. Which brings me to my next point.
I can only repeat what I've said above and further explain what I mean. I'm certain that as someone passionate about good film you would have watched Birdman and/or The Revenant. The shooting and editing style used by Iñárritu and Lubezki to me, best reflects the reality of life, the eye of the viewer and thus, with regard to this film, would have afforded you the best means by which to convey voyeurism - i.e. it would have BEST suited this film.
I can respect that, particularly the subtle approach. Again however, a little change would have better conveyed her desires/situation. The wide shot used failed to illuminate the importance of the shot, and her expression didn't communicate consent or delight in the activity, not to my satisfaction anyway. A zooming lens that tracked toward a close-up of her face as she reacts however... that would have stipulated drama and purpose, as well as adding layer to everything that preceded it.
Thanks again :)
P.S. My personal fav is Memento. I do however like to view the films as sisters. Love For Sale is sexual fulfilment, Memento is emotional.
JK, I am not a serious critic like Sydney but I do like to understand the process. I know how difficult it is to make films single handed. I tried it as a student of photography a few years ago. I still maintain my interest and I found your explanations very interesting.
Film making is a fascinating art. Thank you for sharing it with us.
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