Monday, 23 May 2011

TV Sketches

TV sketching is really great because you never know how long anything will stay onscreen for so you've got to get it down on paper as quick as possible (if you're lucky they might cut back to something that you only partly got done so you get a second chance to finish it off).

These are from the first episode of a new series called All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace by the documentary filmmaker, Adam Curtis. I'm a big admirer of his work and I recommend all of his former films, The Trap, The Century of the Self and The Power of Nightmares to name a few for an interesting perspective on how the modern world has been shaped and how in turn these forces effect us all. His new series explores the idea that Humans have been colonised by the machines that they have built. Cut entirely from interviews and found-footage, using all different types of music (film soundtracks, old pop songs) the films have a really interesting narrative structure that somehow holds together in spite of the sometimes abstract leaps from one subject to the next.

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