So, given that context, take a moment and reflect on the process to date. How has this process of simple videos going? What kind of connections and misconnections do you see between “the writing process” as we’ve studied it and as you’ve experienced it, and the “video making process?” Do you see the point of Anderson’s advocacy for the use of “low bridge” technologies like the ones we are using for this project? Or is this comparison between writing and multimedia/video making hogwash, comparing apples and oranges, etc., etc.?
apologies for taking so long to get this post done. my life has gone from a 45mph pace to about 110mph in only a few short days and I’m finding myself in the weeds, fighting through to the finish… that was almost poetic.
as far as the movie project goes, I have to start out by saying that our group is not really working out as well as it could. there is some tension between all of us because our schedules simply do not match up at all, so we really don’t know how we’re going to get things filmed. on top of that, I was the one who volunteered to write the script and because I’ve been so slammed, I haven’t gotten to it yet, which I feel bad about. but it’s really difficult to coordinate so many people, even with the use of technology. it almost seems harder. you’d think “oh, well if we can’t meet in person, we can just all skype, since we’re taking an online class anyways.” right? wrong. even though the class isn’t a go at your own pace type deal, it still provides freedom as to when you’re posting. and it turns out the time we have all been able to set aside for this class has been at different times for each other.
but I guess none of that really reflects on the process and the connection between movie making and writing, so here’s what I have to say about that. I think they are a little bit like peanut butter and jelly, that is, they go hand in hand but can also stand alone. or maybe a better comparison is a square and a rectangle. a rectangle can also be called a square (be definition), but a square is not a rectangle. in this way, a movie can be called a form of writing, or more specifically involve traditional writing in some way, but writing is not a movie by itself. I wouldn’t go so far as to say “apples and oranges” because writing and movie making are most certainly related and when used collaboratively can create great success. but they definitely have integral parts to each of them that are their own. for instance, an essay doesn’t have special effects. well, okay, it has ornaments and whatnot, but it’s not going to burst into flames to make a point. and movies don’t have works cited pages at the end… well okay, maybe they have credits that explain who did what and what songs came from where.
so wait. I think I just talked myself to a different point. movies and writing ARE similar. but they are two different types of the same thing. not apples and oranges, or a rectangle and a square, or even peanut butter and jelly. I’m gonna go with pinot grigio and roscato. both wines, both delicious, but both made from different grapes.