attitudes about point-and-shoot?
Posted 15 September 2005 - 07:25 AM
But just the other day I re-read "Rebel Without a Crew" and I was wondering what the meticulous professionals thought (or think) about Rodriguez' handheld, point-and-shoot, one photoflood, set-the-f-stop-and-go method of filming El Mariachi.
This seems like the antithesis of everything I normally read about cinematography.
Do you like the look of the results? Is it an approach you'd recommend?
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Posted 15 September 2005 - 10:13 AM
Generally speaking, I prefer a fairly naturalistic look that doesn't call extra attention to itself, but often that still means a lot of work to get the camera to see it that way for technical reasons and limitations. Just because it was shot "verite" doesn't mean it's going to look like reality, either.
I'd be curious to see a film that had epic, sweeping subject matter, but done in a down and dirty visual way. "Private Ryan" ws kind of like that, I guess.
Rodriguez used that method out of necessity, but it got him noticed, and gave him leverage to make more of what he wanted later. Interesting to see that he's still seemingly flying by the seat of his pants much of time these days, but the stuff looks awesome (to me). So the sensibility is much the same, but the tools and his knowledge of them are better now. But of course, he has a greater responsibility to the audience these days also. It's pretty clear when you watch "Desperado" versus "El Mariachi" that the filmmaking itself still translates well at higher levels. Same thing with "Narc" versus "Blood, Guts, Bullets, and Octane" from Joe Carnahan.
Posted 15 September 2005 - 10:21 AM
Posted 15 September 2005 - 12:14 PM
He's been great at self promotion, perpetuating a mythology about himself, an incorrect persona that he's somehow reinvented filmmaking, and it's all easy for him, and he's doing it all himself, which is about 99% BS.
Kinda like Beethoven answering someone's asking him how he composed, with "just write down all the notes that should be there, and don't write down the ones that shouldn't be there".
Yeah, it's easy, no thought involved at all.
Posted 15 September 2005 - 12:50 PM
Photography is a perfect medium for one whose mind is teeming with ideas,imagery,
for a prolific worker who would be slowed down by painting or sculpting,for one who
who sees quickly and acts decisively.
Look for what you don't see
"Un croquis vaut mieux qu'un long discours"
A picture is worth a thousand words.
1.Mark Twain,2.Edward Weston,3.Rashid Elisha,4.Napoleon
Posted 15 September 2005 - 01:08 PM
The bigger his projects get, the more hands are obviously involved, and of course he needs lots of crew help, but when he says he wrote, shot, edited, and did some music, I believe him.
Your Beethoven comment isn't really that big of an exaggertion if you're naturally gifted musician. You think when Mozart was nine he could articulate why his compositions worked on a technical level? I could come up with a piece of music in about 30 seconds that someone would have a reaction to, even if it was only an exercise to me (or vice-versa). Yet there are also brilliant craftspeople who will know what something is going to sound like even on paper before note one is played, and it might be crap.