What I want to remember from the David Lynch’s reading:
1) The light, sound, place are as important as the story/words/acting.
2) Choosing the right light/sound/place comes from intuition. When its perfect, you just know it.
3) I can’t agree more with his thoughts on the interpretation of films. “It’s absurd if a filmmaker needs to say what a film means in words”. A film should be complete in itself and not require words or anything else in order to convey its message. If I ever make films, i’ll try to keep that in mind.
Here are the two short films that I enjoyed:
The first video is a heart warming tale about an astronaut who sacrifices himself to bring two moon pimples together. For me, the best part about the film was the soundtrack. The filmmaker chose not to put any dialogue or sound effects, which suggests to me that he created the film around the music (I could be completely wrong here). And its beautiful. There is just something about this song that just gets me emotionally charged. The music just followed the story line so perfectly, it was just meant to be. I took a look at the original music video for the song (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j01hJUFcoKg) and really began to appreciate what a difficult song this is to build a story into.
The next video is a funny commercial whose story really can’t be explained in words. Anyway, it starts of with this sad, exotic music that perfectly compliments the struggles of the kid trying to learn martial arts yin China. I really like the shots that they chose for the first 20 seconds. It had so much variety and covered so much in such a short time. The sound effects of the rest of the video were also brilliant, especially the parts where they emphasize the opening of the soda cans and main character drinking the soda. I also like how everything goes almost silent for the punchline of the joke, with the theme music returning for the celebration. I feel like its the most perfect 1 minute commercial I have seen.
The two videos used lighting, sound, music and images very differently to create two very different “worlds”. The first video used a unique animation style and used an entire song and nothing else for the soundtrack. The second video used exotic music and a lot of sound effects to go with the monastery setting. The first video uses the song to perfectly convey the emotion that this story generates. It tells a very heart warming tale without any dialogue or sounds, in a way that is only possible with animation. The second video uses really smart editing to make the video as short as possible but still provides enough suspense in the buildup for the hilarious “hahaha, that was brilliant” moment at the end of the video. In conclusion, I think both the videos portrayed their “worlds” brilliantly and watching them gave me much happiness.