Bent Fiction

[Stream on:] Speaking to a peer, he mentioned that it took him a long time to accept the look of wide angle lenses. All his work at a point demanded telephoto and so he fell to the premise of wide meant hobby or bad. Everyone contextualizes things to their understanding, enhanced by their bias.

Lego tank


Coming from animation at an early age, my view of movement and angles translated into wide views. Not so much Fisheye but distorted nonetheless. Forcing the foreground, tilting the horizon, bowing line alters the view of energy. But I guess it’s all distorted in some way. Like starlight, the light you see twinkling while singing songs by the campfire shone goo gobs of years ago. With that the displacement is time. So no matter what, you’re presenting a warped view of time.

In college, a professor spoke to me about world history and why he liked talking to me (Yes Brünhilde, rare but fact): “As a young American Black man, you have so much energy and hope. As an old European man, I already know there is no hope.” We were comparing notes on etymology and mentalities based on media representation (I think. Long time ago). I didn’t care about being “right”, I cared about the quality of the conversation. People taking the time to communicate with you with their filters down allow for greater opportunity for varied understandings.


Pessimism and optimism don’t exist without a degree of influence from one another That conversation was the year of Tiananmen Square, iIRC. 25 years later, I’m listening to KCRW and they’re interviewing an Asian American theatre crew who perform a play based on those protests. As ubiquitous as the image of dude standing in front of the tank, many of the young actors had never heard of the protests given censorship and other factors. Also notable was how the writers had shifted the characterization of the “villains” from cartoonish to people agonizing over the decisions that they come to have made.

I don’t know. Maybe that’s a lot of typing just to say that their are so many perspectives that to hold yourself to one in a practice in dumbass-ery. Maybe the pessimism is that “it is all false so let the s**t fall where it may” is a bit too defeatist as learning and changing is a self-motivated endeavor. One can see through any lens but one can’t see through another’s eyes. However, with empathy and submission of self, a person can get a much wider view. [Stream: off]

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Photo / Post Pro / Creative Podcasts

Podcasts are my media of choice. I’ve threaten to start one but I haven’t found a niche that isn’t fairly well covered. Below is a list of ones mostly in the creative field that I frequent. If you know any that strike a chord, let me know. (The links are to the feeds).

Creative Grit
This cat has interviewed quite a few quality people. It’s direct to the point minus the film clip bookends. I’m still playing catch up but I dug the Joel Grimes interview.

Digital Production Buzz
Larry Jordan took over this podcast from Phillip Hodgetts (sorry, I’m not going to check the spelling) and the format remains similar as well as the indomitable wingman Michael “Headcutter” Horton. Admittedly, I haven’t listened in about a year. Part of that is that each episode can be too much of a grab bag. Mainly though, I tend to get derailed whenever they do a stretch of live shows documenting NAB or the like. Too much data for the amount of time I have. At some point, I toss the un-listened and start with the fresh.

Film Riot
A bunch of filmmaking tutorials from cats who decided to document their learning process. My viewing has gone spotty given my schedule and that I prefer audio podcasts. However, this one has to be video given its nature. It’s goofy on purpose.

The Full Time Photographer
Dude’s excitable and eager. I’m only a few in but I’m chugging away since I like to listen to new releases without being burdened by unfamiliarity with the archive. There are quite a few cats being interviewed (1 per thus far) and they have been high calibre. I’ve learned about several new creatives and their individual paths.

As I’ve listened from the beginning, it’s been interesting to hear the sophistication of this show develop. It’s an audio Siskel & Ebert without Siskel & Ebert. It’s cool enough but my attention started waning a few years ago. However, it’s the best variety of films reviewed compared to the other podcast that I listen to or of which I’m aware.

History of Photography
Long and detailed recordings of the class at some college. Everything that’s spoken about can ordinarily be found via a simple search so it makes easier to follow if that’s your interest. It’s very long so it’s helpful if you have insomnia or desire background noise.

KCRW: The Business
Popular entertainment business news. Interviews from both sides of the line.

KCRW: The Treatment
Elvis Mitchell’s series where he yaps to a variety of entertainment and entertainment news individuals.

Meet the Filmmaker
Live recorded panels from a variety of Apple Stores. Sometimes it’s actors, directors, editors. They come out in spurts so they can stack up. I wind up deleting quite a few given the quantity.

The Post Podcast
Not double-checking but I think this is attached to the Toolfarm. It’s a solo show with a guest interviewee. It’s a bit dry and biased while simultaneously unbiased. I probably have 3 episodes remaining before I’m caught up.

The Cutting Room

“All about film editing”

American Cinematography

Title says it all though I don’t think all of the cinematographers are “American”.

The Q&A
Focus is towards writers. Some good stories.

That Post Show
I think the main dude used to be on the defunct “This Week in Media”. It’s a hell of a lot of rambling but if you’ve lived a post-production life, it’s validation. It’s also interesting to see how this dudes projects and company morph as well as the guests.

This Week in Photo

I include this one because the format is consistent. It caters to hobbyists, workshoppers and event cats but the participants in the discussions are affable.

Agency Access “The Lab”, Burns Auto Parts, Spotcast are defunct but the information remains relevant.

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