Thursday, February 4, 2016

How Birds are the Embodiment of Film

Watch this bird:


This is film in a nutshell. And I will explain why.

If you were to describe a bird in three adjectives, which would you use? Precise? Elegant? Free? Birds are beings of freedom and grace. The miracle of flight is something spectacular to observe. The first time in your life that you truly analyze flight, you are in awe. The miracle of flight mirrors the miracle of film.

Film is in every sense of the word, a miracle. To capture the motion, the emotion, and the reality of life on film is incredible. The first time you look at film in an analytical way, you realize how truly unbelievable it is.

Like a bird in flight, the filmmaker explores new avenues, using creativity to venture through space and time to achieve his/her goal.

In the video, at 11 seconds, another bird flies in front of the main bird. Every bird is influenced other birds. You can observe this in "bird V's". Each bird follows the birds before themselves, but take slightly different paths.

Just like these birds, filmmakers are influenced by the filmmakers before them. They draw influence and create their own paths based on the filmmakers of old.

An observer of birds is an observer of film, and I strive to be both.

2 comments:

Tom Goulet said...

I love this. The video of the bird made me think of my own ideas!

Joseph Rollins said...

I doubted you at first, but I made the mistake of reading your post before I watched the video. I definitely agree with you, birds themselves are the embodiment of film. But I don't think you should overlook their ability to be scary, you should read my post when you get a chance.