Archive for June, 2008
When we started making movies we choose to work with equipment that gave us strict limits. The idea was to reduce the number of decisions we didn’t know anything about. So we shot black and white with a non-sync 16mm K3 (handheld) that could only shoot 25 secs per shot. One take per shot, one shot per scene. Then we pretty much just laid the scenes end-to-end and called it a movie.
Now we’re moving in some non-fictional directions and again we don’t know what we’re doing. Shit just got real. Hence the back-to-basics InstaMovie project that accidentally began last year and now begins in earnest.
This time our limiting equipment is the video function a Kodak point-and-shoot still camera. In weird ways it behaves like the K3 - shots can only last a certain amount of time (I think its like 1:30) and you have to keep the shutter depressed for that duration. We’re editing in a similarly minimal way, basically just yes/no-ing shots and putting them in order.
The results are something like our old films: episodic, messy, with a “natural” structure (it’s offensive how many of our movies start in the day and end at night, or the other way around), and maybe some mystery 1.
Ok. We hope you enjoy this distillation of a nostalgic and violent then starkly sincere show. Those heartbeat/Beat Happening drums kill me. And I like that it’s pitch black for the Landslide sing-along - your eyes are supposed be closed for that.
Instamovie02: Puttin on the Ritz and Fleetwood mAacfee
Sunday June 08, 2008.
98°F. Partly cloudy chance of thunderstorms.
At 502, Brooklyn NY
BTW, I’m not gonna eulogize 502 yet (I’m sure I will though. Tentative blog-post title “Season. Finale. Lost.”) cuz I hear it’s still got a couple parties left in it. But I will say that…y’know…Im gonna miss that place! :’-)
1) Sorry our old films aren’t online btw. They’re awesome.