Completed Summer Reading: Leopold Von Sacher Masoch’s Venus In Furs
Completed Summer Reading: Edith Wharton’s The Custom Of The Country
Completed Summer Reading: Francis Hogson Burnett’s The Secret Garden
John Cage performing Water Walk in 1960 on a CBS game show
Notebook On Cities and Clothes
Wim Wenders makes a documentary about Yohji Yamamoto, 1989
James Dean / Liz Taylor in GIANT (shot in Marfa, TX)
Nabokov’s map of James Joyce’s Ulysses
My favorite photo of all time: Andrew Droz Palermo & Marty (Taken with Instagram)
Edith Wharton & The Problem Of Sympathy by Jonathan Franzen // Required Reading
(image of Edith Wharton in Paris with her dog)
All I want to do is drive around and listen to this Here We Go Magic song in my car.
MTV wanted to play Heavy Metal, but after viewing it they requested that the scenes in which the characters take drugs / medicine / suicide pills (depends on your perspective) be pulled from the video. I found this very suprising coming from MTV - haven’t videos throughout history done this and much worse? Don’t their reality subjects binge drink? Don’t they show domestic abuse? Drug use? Gang violence?
My first impulse was to not play into this. But after thinking on it for a bit, I decided I just didn’t really care. If my video was more hardcore, punk and in your face, it’d feel right for me to take a stand, but with our odd little and seemingly innocuous domestic story I just didn’t feel comfortable shouting on the internet about how MTV lost its guts. And besides, everyone already knows that anyway.
Ultimately, we decided to place nice, but this edit was problematic narratively seeing as the last fourth of the video (playing in the field) hinges on that turn in the plot. So we offered two solutions: once a character’s hand starts to go to their mouth with a pill, we’d cut to a card which reads “SCENE REMOVED”, the other was to cut to moments of VHS static, allowing us to at least sort of stay in the video. Although it was still very jarring. I liked the “SCENE REMOVED” option thinking that someone might use the internet, find the original video, and see how lame it was that we couldn’t run these scenes.
Temporary had lots of issues with strobing and to get it to play on television in the UK it needed to pass a test called the Harding Flash and Pattern Analyser. Basically this program runs the video through and counts the rate, and intensity of changes from light to dark. It kicks out a pdf and tells you which frames are trouble frames, along with thumbnails. Needless to say, the video failed a number of times, but finally I was able to find a cut that worked. I used to think this was total bullshit and that a card in front of the video stating “This video has stobes” covered you, but someone pointed out to me, “What if you walk into the room when it’s already on?”. This had never occurred to me, and I can now sympathize with the rigidity of the test, as annoying as it may be.
if you don’t watch game of thrones then you are a fool (or as my dad calls it ‘the game of the thrones’)