Re: [Frameworks] Car Crashes in Experimental Film

From: Amanda Christie (email suppressed)
Date: Fri Dec 31 2010 - 10:39:33 PST

I just wanted to write a quick note to say thanks so much to everyone
who recommended car crash films and videos to see! Super helpful!

And thanks too to Kristie for your kind concern not wanting me to be
influenced by others. I appreciate the sentiment. But not to worry
though, I'm far enough along in my project that it's too late to make
major changes... it's well underway... I've got the local fire
department involved, two cars to wreck, I'm putting my own body in the
piece (it's a performative work), and I have a paramedic involved and
lots of safety precautions, wild animals, the local zoo/game farm is
involved.... it's a pretty complex undertaking and with all of these
logistics, I'm not going to be changing the film itself based on other
films... not at all... too many logistics already in place... but
because I am performing... since I am the broken body in the car... I
want to see as many portrayals of this as possible.... i want to
really feel the whole weight and severity of what I am dealing
with.... I don't want to be flippant with the project, but I also
don't want to be melodramatic... so I've been watching everything from
youtube videos of actual car crashes shot on people's cell phones, to
quirky silly music videos about crashes, to anti-drinking driving
commercials, to narrative films. The storyboard and the script and
the logistics of my film are set... but before I hang my body upside
down in that wrecked car, I want to prepare myself psychologically and
emotionally for what I am engaging with. I want to go into that with
my eyes open, rather than naive. Is that the right approach or the
wrong one? Who knows. I don't think there is a right or a wrong
approach... this is what feels natural and right for me right now, so
I'm going with it... as I work out the logistics for my own film, all
I am thinking about is accidents and crash scenes... so when I take a
break from my film, I just want to see other examples of other
people's films... I find it fascinating and exciting right now.... is
that a bad thing? perhaps so, perhaps not. either way... something
will happen.

Anyhow, once again, thanks so much everyone for the helpful suggestions!

And happy new calendar to you all!

Amanda Dawn Christie
Master of Fine Arts
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On 23-Dec-10, at 6:43 PM, k. a.r. wrote:

> Amanda, you should just make your film without seeing those other
> films. It will influence the purity of your art.
> Just make it, who cares what the other have done????
> Kristie Reinders, B.F.A.
> Director of Cinematography, Electric Visions
> Curator and Head Projectionist, Electric Mural Project
> The Mission, San Francisco, CA
> 'A first class technician should work best under pressure.'
> - - - Issac Asimov
> Date: Thu, 23 Dec 2010 16:08:11 -0500
> From: email suppressed
> To: email suppressed
> Subject: Re: [Frameworks] Car Crashes in Experimental Film
> Don't forget Ant Farm's "Media Burn": crashing a Cadillac into a
> wall of flaming television sets.
> If motorcycle crashes count, there's one as the climax of Kenneth
> Anger's "Scorpio Rising."
> Andy Ditzler
> On Thu, Dec 23, 2010 at 9:48 AM, Amanda Christie <email suppressed
> > wrote:
> Hello all,
> I'm looking for examples of experimental films that involve car
> crashes.
> I'm shooting a new film next month... 35mm with a car crash... and
> while my storyboards and conceptual theories (as well as crazy
> technical logistics) are mostly all worked out by now, I'd still like
> to make sure that I have a strong understanding of the historical
> trajectory of these sorts of films... the greater context and all
> that.
> I'm curious about other experimental films that have involved car
> crashes. I can't think of any off the top of my head, but I'm sure
> there must be plenty out there... During my research, I've found lots
> and lots of crashes in mainstream movies, music videos, and actual
> crashes caught on video phones on youtube... but nothing yet in the
> experimental context. I'm curious to see what else is out there
> before I go to camera.
> Thanks so much in advance, and i hope everyone had a happy solstmas,
> and is enjoying the winter!
> amanda
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