How to stay inside and not go outdoors ?!!!
Sometimes it feels like hard drives capacity will never be enough…so it forces us to make a clean up of all the useless pictures. But what is truly a useless picture ? I am attached to all of them , and the noisier ones are usually my favourites. So there I am in one of those others backups / savings / deleting day.
A couple of years ago, my lovely niece draw some pieces of clothing for…my cat ! The nicest attentions ever ! She was afraid the size wouldn’t fit…
I told her to not worry…the cat has a perfect top model shape !
From time to time a little bit of self-advertisement is good
So if you never seen part of my movie work or want to see some more :
Enjoy it !
Quick, short and efficient one today : in the freelance movie making world, very often all happens at the same time or nothing at all for a long time. Well this time the abundance of projects is a blessing, and specially one that wasn’t really on my radar.
Swiss International Airlines opened a position for what is being called “The Swiss Explorer”, or quoting the company : ” a modern Marco Polo that will test Swiss Airlines services, all their destinations tips and explore new ones”…how to not give a try to work 6 months as a Swiss employee, travelling around the globe as an internal consultant ?
I took me a couple of days to think it over and much less to prepare my application file. On top of the usual documents, a video was required : 10 candidates are selected for the 1st round, 3 are granted a wildcard …based on the rating of their videos. And the rating = the greatest number of votes !
So let’s go on this journey all together and reach that top 3 !!
Vote and share !
The Festival is over and the winners have been celebrated
Like in every Festival I am going to, I rarely watched the winners. Most of the time only one or two movies out of my own selection are getting a prize, and very often there are ones that I didn’t like as much as the jury. Nothing wrong about it, but it seems like I shouldn’t be a fan of any team as I might jinx them.
So here we are, after a week of movie watching. What have I learned ?
To begin with, the fact that movie making and documentaries is pretty vivid and I believe slowly changes its style. Well in my opinion the change has truly happened, the issue is we don’t see enough of those new and refreshing movies, because of selection and distribution principles. As a comparison I would link it to any business that wants a new communication campaign : internally everyone wants something different and the pitch to the agency is clear – we want something wow ! When agency comes back with the coolest and craziest ideas, we always internally turn down back to the “this is how we do it” safe option as we are afraid of loosing market and consumers. It is identical in the movie industry. And why would it be so different ? It is just another industry, no matter what internally people think they do….or are…
Another interesting learning for me this week has been the age of the audience. Closer to the 45+ (to be nice) , this determines as well the choices of movies and interests pursued by the people who come to such festival. Some days it was even a 55+ , and 2/3 of them wearing a nice badge. Again why the dynamic would be different in that environment than in another. It is just one part of the world and as per se has the same mechanism. This has a great impact culturally, as a person born in the 60s has been influenced by a post-war dynamic and still looks for a reassuring known dynamic and topics. Style and content are influenced. Obvious not ?
All in all not the best year to me in terms of movies and even more in terms of audience : a lot of them being highly judgmental (first time I see such), not interested (well that happens), and totally disillusioned ( I think this one comes from the fact they all wear the same uniform and look so much alike). I think it is just what we see in any other field : chosen ones that spent a lifetime sitting in the passive seat of history (nothing wrong – actually it is even nicer than having lived in a perpetual conflict led world) and therefore not knowing what new can motivates them again. As well if adding the ageing parameter , you have to add the discomfort of changes and that you start calculating what is left rather than what’s around the corner. Just like a love saying it about politics : you like when your grandpa tells you his old-timer stories, but would you let him decide what your future has to be ?
With all this being said, my personal learning is….that it brought me back on track with my movie and its editing. I realized I have a large amount of material – nice one – and a movie will emerge from it. Probably a miles away from what I initially intended, probably not successful in the way you count the audience and what it means as a financial payback or history of cinema, but it ll be my movie. And I realized that what I like about movie making is to be this responsible guide, the one that takes you to a place you are not familiar with. I doesn’t need to be the other side of the planet. No it can be just nearby, a place you don’t look at it anymore because it became so common to you. I want to take people there, with all the uncertainties of making them satisfied or not ; with all the doubts on how we will make it together. But being sure I talk from the heart, to the heart, with respect and duty for the people and places I have filmed, and a major affection for anyone who wants to be part of these journeys.
So see you next year Nyon – editing bench see you right now !
The winners are :