"Life on the Run," my latest film is underway.
On June 26th we did a full scale test of technology, and technique. I was pleased with the outcome. Everyone had a good time and the energy was high.
Would improvisation work as a technique for me? It did and it was wonderful. One big technique test question had been answered.
I see improvisation as a form of co-evolution. It was certainly the case that day. I saw it emerge in many forms; the way I adjusted my camera coverage in response to an actor's actions. I saw co-evolution in the ways that character's were built by the interactions between actor and actor and auteur.
What does that mean? What does that have to do with filmmaking?
I sometimes wonder about that myself. For decades I've been exploring the meaning and implications of the paradigmatic revolution that our world is experiencing. Co-evolution is a big part of it. When two species, like actor and filmmaker, evolve in such a way that their actions cause change in the other, that's co-evolution. What I'm seeing is emergent meaning arising from cinematic interaction.
More to come on this.
For more, take a look at the Wikipedia definition... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Co-evolution
- there are some interesting links there.
Then there was the tek...
How is this film going to get recorded?
I learned a lot from the technology tests. Its my intention to make digital cinema. In production I view cameras as colored paint dabs on a palette, each having a unique color particular to it. Accordingly I will be recording with many cameras in many digital formats ranging from Quicktime at 320 x 240 and 640 x 480, through DV at 720 x 480. Sometimes I'll be working at 800 x 600. All of these formats and imaging systems will render unique visualizations of particular parts of the film.
"Life on the Run" will have a big palette.