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Slice of Light

Literally anyone can pick up a camera and take a snapshot. Most can even take a pretty good snapshot. But to take a photograph requires a bit more. A photograph does not document, or if it does, it does so only accidentally. The photographer must not seek to capture a scene, a moment, an object, a person. The photographer, as against the snapshootist, extracts a narrow, carefully delimited slice of light. The skill with which he carves makes him a technician. The slice he selects makes him an artist.

Draw Something III

Draw Something II

Draw Something I

Compare & Contrast

Our first production assignment in film school was to film and edit together a silent short, then give it a soundtrack that completely altered the emotional response of the viewer. It was a demonstration of the equally-matched emotional power of picture and sound. It was a challenging exercise. Today, I present you with two videos, both of which use nearly the same soundtrack, but with different pictures. This inverts the exercise. Watch them both, then tell me how each made you feel. Don’t think too much, and don’t try to limit yourself by thinking which is better. Just watch and [ . . . ]

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Incompetent Industrials II

Here’s a particularly bad one from a company by which I once was employed.

Incompetent Industrials I

Remember when you worked at that company? And they made you watch those cheesy industrial videos about sexual harassment in the workplace? You know, the one you slept through because it was so awful? Did you ever wonder why they’re so awful? Because the producers realize their target audience is an uninterested but captive one, so they try to overcompensate for the general lack of enthusiasm for these things. They are uniformly heinous, but some are more heinous than others. Here’s one touting Microsoft’s SP1 for Vista: If you have any awful industrial videos, send them to or post them [ . . . ]

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