Monday, December 10, 2012
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The first thing I notice as soon as I walk out of my apartment is actually how silent my neighborhood is at what usually is such a busy time. The rain falls gently into the large sized puddles of water that’s been gathering all day long. People walk by quickly seemingly annoyed by the rain, their feet squeaking from their wet shoes, each step they take splashing in the puddles of water. I walk further down 2nd avenue and start to hear the familiar sounds of cars swooshing by one by one. The brakes screech and the tires slide on the wet street. I get a little further and find a handful of construction workers, one barks out orders at the rest of them. They grunt and curse back at him as they stomp one by one towards the subway they’re working at. I begin to hear loud tools crushing rocks then suddenly explosions coming from far beneath the ground. The ground shakes and a little girl shouts out to her mother as her brother lets out an innocent laugh.
I keep trekking down the road and begin to hear the faint sound of rock music. I decide to head towards it and as the music gets louder I begin to hear the sounds of people cheering along with it. I finally reach the point of origin and find it’s coming from a bar. A love band is playing loudly and the people inside are seemingly drunk. They scream at the top of their lungs over the music. The sound of glasses hitting others can be heard as they drink their beers and wines. A couple stumbles out and with the flick of a match they light up a cigarette. I can hear every inhale they take as they keep puffing on. The two begin to bicker then suddenly they start fighting over something the boyfriend has done earlier in the day. I decide to walk on and the further I get the softer the sounds of the girlfriend’s screams become. As I head back towards my place the rain begins to come down even harder than before. I pick up my pace with the rest of the crowd. Everyone is silent as they quickly walk towards their destinations. The rain is the only thing that can be heard growing even louder than before as it adds to the now giant puddles of water. Finally I get back to my place and happily get out of the rain.
In this shot from one of my favorite films Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, the film's main character Joel Barish played by Jim Carrey waits for a train to get him to work. To me this one shot perfectly sets up who Joel is as a character at this point in the film. You can barely even see him in the shot. I believe this is done to show that the character feels unimportant and just part of the crowd. It sets up the feeling of being lost among the world he no longer feels part of.
Monday, October 15, 2012
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
My whole life I have always wanted to make movies. Ever since a kid I have been fascinated with the idea of films being able to create whole new worlds out of nothing. I believe this is due to the fact that I have always been an adventurous person. I always crave excitement and never seem to be able to keep the status quo. With the few movies I have made these traits have always been part of their stories and pacing. I create movies where the characters are constantly tested with a new threat or challenge to keep things fresh and exciting. Most of the movies I love seem to embody this idea as well. Filmmakers such as David Fincher, Martin Scorsese, Marc Foster, and even JJ Abrams seem to create many films just like the ones I want to make. They always seem to be able to create something new and original or simply take an old idea and twist it up enough it becomes something so unique. I would love to make films like those or even take different genres and mash them up together to create new genres altogether.