Is Spike Jonze just my favorite director now?
Spike Jonze’s Her takes place in the not-so-distant future of Los Angeles, and is envisioned in a style of ‘what if cell phone companies designed the world’? Everything from the colors to the faux-authentic wood and technologies screams Apple and HTC.
But Her is not interested in showing you some consumer driven wasteland. The future envisioned is almost a utopia of technology bringing people closer together. The film’s aesthetics are light and beautiful and the future tech only helps to emphasize the themes.
Sometimes I fantasize about being a film teacher at a high school, or a professor for the 101 classes, teaching the basics and helping the students to go from film literacy to analysis. Her is one such film that aids my fantasies. As a whole it is extremely cohesive and meticulously put together. There are no glaring leaps and no confusing additions. Her flows smoothly with its constant and intense close ups, use of colors and evocative music.
Ten Tweet Tuesday is the place where I get you the best tweets that filmmakers can provide from the last week. You want the tweets, and I want to go and drink a beer. Let’s help each other out and just get this over with, eh?
Convo w/ a producer: “We picked that lead actress because her agent was the least annoying.”
— Scott Macaulay (@FilmmakerMag) September 4, 2013
Ok, haha, pretty funny tweet, right? Well, sure it’s humorous, but there’s some sad truth to it too. So much of ‘the industry’ is based on person to person interactions that something as small as being annoying can cause a cascade effect. It’s hard out there, just be nice, ok?