Film is full and comprehensive and interesting and varied. Film is like a consciously perceived dream. You can do anything in a dream. You can be anything. You can say anything.
The ideal filmmaking process is that of total creative control. Every detail is a different canvas. It’s impossible to try to break down all the possibilities. Faces, colors, sounds, light, movement. It’s every other art form condensed.
There are symbols and metaphors, melodies and beats, colors and objects. Film is a complete sensory experience. You can put your viewer through anything and with that there is a responsibility.
I believe films are capable of curing a discordant mind or an unsettled heart. This powerful medium will take an audience away from reality to enter a lucid dream. I have tremendous respect for the filmconsumer.
If you want to be moved you will be moved. You can be changed forever. A little piece of you can be added or taken away. So that maybe you can open yourself to something new, something radical.
Film in the narrative form is at it’s most influential and irresistible. Stories are an elemental part of human civilization, and they are how we form our social constructs. And that is exactly what makes it all so exciting.
A well crafted film can easily emotionally manipulate regardless of its intentions or message.
“If we can tell evil stories to make people sick, we can also tell good myths that make them well.” –Rainer Fassbinder
Nothing could be more significant than re-contextualizing our human experiences. Sharing them with others, transmuting them into something more meaningful. I love how a film can use anything and everything you’ve been conditioned to respond to and alter it, shift it, develop it.
Films can argue for a lighter sense of being, a more mindful consciousness. They are a means to move ourselves further away from old ideas and from stagnant perceptions. We can do it by laughing and crying watching films, by being captivating by flickering lights and moving pictures.
“It is not enough that poems be beautiful; let them be tender and affecting, and bear away the soul of the auditor whithersoever they please.” – Horace