Editing as pathfinding: How to Edit a Film

(In response to Walter Mulch’s In the Blink of an Eye: A Perspective on Film Editing.) So you make yourself comfortable in the well-equiped editing room, whether in the physical sense or whatever computing setup you use as your virtual editing room. Besides you lies a hundred feet or…

Why People Don’t Trust The Dog, an audio documentary

Why Dead People are Buried, a Nigerian folktale In the beginning of the world when the Creator had made men and women and the animals, they all lived together in the creation land. The Creator was a big chief, past all men, and being very kind-hearted, was very sorry…

“Man is the measure”

E.M. Forester, in his short story, The Machine Stops, predicts—among many things, the prevalent paradigm of technology consumption: as a substitute for experience (or, “first-hand ideas”). Technology, he argues, can stand between man and his life—his “naked” humanity, through its persistent administration of convenient comfort. In one memorable passage, Kuno,…

“Most artists are converted to art by art itself”

1. It is known that if one sets out to create a new work, one will have to look in one of two directions: within or without. Such a view operates under the assumption that there is a well-defined boundary between what we carry in our psyches and what…