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Monday, March 26, 2007

What's new in film?

I was at a networking event the other day. I was talking to all round creative eccentric Isaac (see photo) when someone came up to ask us "what's new in film?" Isaac talked about the graphic novel / comic adaptation trend. Not a bad answer really. I thought about it for a while and then said 'nothing'.

Don't you sometimes feel that nothing really new has happened in a decade or so. Dogme95 was 12 years ago. Since then we've had a culture of back to back remakes and repurposing. The Ring uses techniques for computer games for example. But computer games whose main influence was films. It just goes round and round.

Quite depressing really.

Or so I thought until Isaac stepped back in with this thought. A creative wasteland is his friend. There is more chance to take action, take the initiative, make something wonderful, something fresh, something remarkable. The time is now. No competition, cheap equipment, an available workforce and self distribution a very real and happening reality.

If you can't make interesting films right now then you never will.

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