May 21, 2003
The Future of Film

William Gibson gave a talk on 5/17 to the Director's Guild of America for Digital Day. It's an interesting and beautiful essay, weaving the instantaneous film education he got watching one Disney piece, to that needed for reading novels, to a comparison of digital music to that of film, where he thinks the state of filmmaking now is much like that of old dial phones and, like what we use now in the form of digital cellular, we will experience something unimaginably comparible in the development of digital film in the future. He discusses the technical monopolies in the music and film production worlds, and the distinct and separate devices and computational systems we function with now, compared to the future systems that will envelope us like the spread of "warm Vaseline." It may be that to interact with DVD's in the future, the viewer will need the more complex education comparable to that now needed to understand a novel. He also mentions a new digital way of perceiving the "inbuilt peripherals" of media, the recombining of our digital artifacts:

Because I see Johnny falling asleep now in his darkened bedroom, and atop the heirloom Ikea bureau, the one that belonged to his grandmother, which his mother has recently had restored, there is a freshly-extruded resin action-figure, another instantaneous product of Johnny's entertainment system.

It is a woman, posed balletically, as if in flight on John Wu wires.

It is Meryl Streep, as she appears in The Hours.

She has the head of a chihuahua.

The essay is very hopeful and open to an unknown future, and I encourage you to check it out. Also, Frank Field has an interesting view on this essay.

Posted by Mary Hodder at May 21, 2003 12:27 PM | TrackBack
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