Re: 365 vs. videohaiku

From: alvamel (email suppressed)
Date: Tue Jan 23 2007 - 21:33:06 PST

Hi Kevin,

I tried Safari, and Netscape & came up with an error as well. Any hints aout getting to your site?


-----Original Message-----
>From: Kevin Obsatz <email suppressed>
>Sent: Jan 23, 2007 10:55 PM
>To: email suppressed
>Subject: 365 vs. videohaiku
>Let me use that as a segue into a topic that I tried to bring up before.
>Jonas Mekas is now about a month into his 365 film project on his
>I really love the spirit of this project. I've downloaded most of
>the days
>but have only watched a few of them so far. A lot of it is profoundly
>uninteresting, and I can't decide if that's a good thing or a bad thing.
>I'd much rather watch all of Walden straight through than watch some of
>these 5 minute videos. I don't think it is a film vs. video issue in
>of image quality or technical concerns, it just has to do with the
>fact that
>sometimes it's a bit too easy to let the video camera roll. Of
>course, a
>formal analysis of the 365 film project would in many ways miss the
>but that doesn't make it any easier to watch. I find the project far
>fascinating than the films themselves.
>I was unaware of Mr. Mekas's "365" project until you mentioned it - I
>searched around his site, and found the project but not an
>explanation or statement of purpose or anything like that - maybe
>that's not his style. But I'm assuming it's a short segment-per-day
>kind of thing.
>Partly inspired by Walden, I've been engaged in a similar project for
>about 10 months now on my blog - it's called Video Haiku
>There's no way I could maintain a rate of 5 minutes per day, every
>day. but on my site I post 2-3 videos per week, each 2 minutes or
>less. So far I've posted about 120 videos, and I think I'll hit at
>least 140 by the time the year is out.
>I shoot most of them on my digital still camera, in movie mode - the
>memory card in the camera can hold exactly 3 minutes of footage, I
>was happy to discover - very similar to a cartridge of super-8 at 18fps.
>I carry it in my pocket whenever I leave the house, and I think I've
>captured some very beautiful images over the last year. And the fact
>that I only have 3 minutes to work with (before I have to go home and
>discharge the camera) helps me to be very judicious when choosing
>what to shoot - fortunately I don't have the option to let the camera
>run for an hour. Then I edit the three down to less than two, with a
>self-imposed rule of five cuts or fewer in the piece - which gives me
>a little bit of flexibility, but not too much.
>This project has been really important to me, and even though it's
>video and not super-8, I feel that it's true to the spirit of the
>diary format. Being able to post the compositions online within days
>(or hours) makes it an effective way to share my life with my family
>and friends around the world. Internet Video meets Film Journal. I'm
>also planning on creating a longer project, an amalgamation of haikus
>(Epic Video Poem, if you like) after I've completed a year.
>Definitely planning on crediting Walden as a major influence for
>that, it goes without saying...
>Anyway, I'm not big on self-promotion, but since somebody else
>brought it up I thought I'd mention it here.
>Please visit if you're interested, comment on the blog, and/or let me
>know what you think - constructive criticism is welcome - offthread
>if you like. my email address is below.
>Thanks for your time, everybody.
>Kevin O
>email suppressed
>Video Haiku
>(scene as seen)
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