Final Project – Laws of Power

This is our final project for this short yet intense 7 weeks class.  The team included David Tracy, Meg Studer and myself. We chose to make a “How to” video series about gaining power. We wanted to use some type of self help sociopath  book and chose “The Laws of Power” by Robet Green. This book is very popular in the Hip Hop community. It includes 48 laws that would help you gain power and we divided these laws into 3 groups.

1. Controlling your own urges – Shown with a breakfast recipe for pancakes

2. Controlling your appearance – Shown with a lunch recipe for a sandwich

3. Controlling others – Shown with a dinner steak recipe

CL:V/S Final – POWER from davidptracy on Vimeo.

response to reading ‘In the Blink of an Eye’

The thing I related to the most in this book, is the part when Murch talks about the editor as the critical and objective eye (‘seeing around the edges of the frame’) People who are involved in shooting the material, can often get too attached to it for emotional reasons. They lose some of their abilities when it comes to judging the final footage. The editor has the ability to be detached from the filming phase. the editor sees the footage and does not necessarily know what went on outside of the frame that day, which makes him a better judge of quality.

I think this is a good point to remind ourselves when editing. We should try to see things as if for the first time and ask ourselves: is it good? No excuses or stories, does it work? does it communicate and is it worth the viewer’s time? These are questions that are hard to answer when you are too emotionally involved in the creation process, yet they are crucial for a successful piece.

in response to Ira Glass’s ‘On Storytelling’

Watching/listening to the video interview with Ira Glass were very compelling and inspiring.
I particularly related to the part where he speaks about the creative process , or the process one goes through as being a creative person.

Being a creative person, for me, includes a large amount of self criticism, pain, doubt and panic. I often find that artists who seem very effortless and pleased go through the same thing. Knowing that you need to continue, working further and harder even though you are not there yet, that is the key.

I agree with his opinion about killing ideas. I think we tend to fall in love with our ideas and be blinded by our love for our little burst of geniusity and not realise that something is not working.  Scraping an idea and starting fresh often takes less time than we think and second round are much faster.

This type of thoughts helped me through final project of my Visual Communications degree. We were under a lot of pressure to supply “The best work we will ever make”, an idea I found very sad. After a serious crisis that almost made me quit school a minute before the end, I decided to be professional about it and finish the project no matter what and just keep moving and working. Looking back, it was one of the smartest yet hardest decisions I ever made. It allowed me to move on to other projects, where I learned from my mistakes and grew stronger.

in response to “the Machine Stops” by E.M Forster

Reading the story “the Machine Stops” was not an easy task. In the year 2013, I feel that we are kind of immune to dark futuristic visions, although it’s always interesting to see how science fiction novelists predicted the times we live in and how similar or different from reality were the visions. In 1909, E.M Forster predicted a very grim picture in which the human population loses the ability to live on the surface of the earth. Physical contact is scarce and most communication between humans is conducted mainly through a machine, “the speaking apparatus”. People have become dependant on the machine to the point that they know nothing else and that seems to be mainly what the author comes to warn us from .

It is pretty amazing to think of when this story was written and how it does resemble our lives today in many ways. I think this type of warning is relevant today, ever since smartphones came into the picture, we have become so very dependant on them. They show us the way to walk, they are a main channel of communication between humans and it is very hard to get by without one, or when your device is lost or taken from you. This also reminded me of the way me and my mother communicate through Skype but I feel that the son/mother roles are different than what you would expect.

I tend to be cynical when it comes to these types of messages and the way it is conveyed in this story felt very didactic and simple but I do think it’s worth paying attention too. Also, who the hell am I to criticise  a famous English novelist whose been dead for many years.

 

Adding to the remix

After watching “Allergy to Originality” and “Embrace the Remix” , I would like to add some references to the mix.re

  • Jim Jarmusch, one of my favourite film makers said once:

    Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.

  • and a Thomas Edison said once:

    Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety nine percent perspiration.

  • I used to think ideas are the most important thing in a project and was very protective of ideas that I had and wether people copied my thoughts or not. I realise now that greatness is sometimes about how and not what. An idea can be brought to life in many ways – hideous or fantastic. Ive grown to learn that the greatest things can come out of the most simple and basic thoughts, it’s all about how you do it.