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August 28, 2007

Digital Dancer

I've been working up the layers for the new dance film:


I keep being amazed at the wonders of digital editing. Though I have to keep a check on the tricks, I don’t want to over-egg the pudding, as they say.

When Moog came up with his synthesiser it wasn't long before it was relatively easy for an unskilled musician to pump out a mediocre beat. My feelings have always been that, while anyone could get a result, if you could play the violin well, you could do amazing things with a synthesiser.

The same goes for digital video. If you understand film then digital can take you places you’ve only ever dreamt about. Though, as YouTube demonstrates all too often, it’s easy to cobble together hours of tedium.

And now David Lynch has gone digital. “Digital is so friendly for me and so important for the scenes, a way of working without so much downtime. It's impossible to go back. Film is a beautiful medium, but the world has moved on. The amount of manipulation we can do, anybody can do, is so much the future. Film is so big and heavy and slow, you just die. It's just ridiculous.” [thanks boing boing].

Imagine what David Lynch dreams about.

Posted by john at August 28, 2007 11:31 AM