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Last October I wrote on the problem of how to represent digital life in film. In this video essay, Tony Zhou takes a survey of some of the solutions that have been offered up thus far.
Representing texting is relatively easy, and Zhou has his own preferences for the approaches he likes best. Representing the internet, he agrees, is trickier, but Zhou takes a more optimistic view than I did in my essay - the fact that it’s yet to be done well means that it’s a tough problem, sure, but it also means that the field is wide open for filmmakers to experiment.
[Medium-sized movies] are too risky. If you look at movies like… I guess, All the President’s Men was important enough and based on a big enough transgression. But take a movie like Klute – I don’t think that movie would be made today. I mean, The Godfather would have a hard time being made today. Even if you could put up the $75 million it would take to make that movie today, and you could guarantee that it would be one of the greatest movies of all time, people would still go, “$75 million? I dunno man, that’s a lot of bread…” There are realities to our business. The bottom has fallen out. Dramas that cost more than $20 million, you’re taking a big risk. I think Soderbergh was right. And it’s sad. I think the thing is to make movies cheaper. People are migrating to television to find characters that aren’t spandex-clad superheroes.
"I think that movies are different things to different people. To me, they’re a really important part of cultural identity. They’re a great touchstone to who we were and what were on about at any given time. You look back to the cinema of the ’70s and ’80s and you see all different types of actors and palettes. It wasn’t so much about physical perfection. You had very odd leading men. It’s interesting how movies and culture reflect who we are. You’ll find that the movie business is paid for by those mega movies. The movie business is paid for by Big Macs. By movies as product. Movie studios use that term “product” all the time. Product? You mean you have a lot of stories? No, we have a lot of product. You have stories." – DAVID FINCHER
I’d like to retract any comments I may have made on the pseudo-commentary of Battle Royale, and apologize for the insensitive nature of that comment regarding it’s place in the Japanese cultural timeline.