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Ah, seeing Life Cycles, after being in VPN over a year, brought me face to face for the first time with story telling. Not from a writer's point of view, or a cameraman's, but confronting the fact that the camera is the seeing and sensing eye of the movie, both the witness to the story, and the camera as actually the story teller. If the camera takes on the roll of a character, a witness, you gain another level to your story. Its not zoom here, or pan or dolly or cut, its 'tell the story'. Everything is story. We're story producing creatures. We tell ourselves in silence the story of our lives all the time. And sometimes we tell others. Yea Freud and Jung, Shakespeare and Cervantes.
0 · March 17
The more I think about Life Cycles the less I like it, in spite of its spectacular cinematography, biking and sound mix. No true story comes to mind first, along with speeding up the video. I'd rather see what an athlete and bike can actually do on trails like that, not special effects to create a jock film. They needed a good story beyond the analogy of life cycles to propel the film and create editing demand. Also well divided forest and desert (Moab) scenes. Top of trail, middle, end of trail. I'd like to have seen more trail building, what they sacrificed to create their rides, and more practice runs to build up to those jumps, even if its in city. Also wish I had the guts to try that riding. Still, magnificent, superb, almost sacred cinematography and great biking. Less would have been more, far more. I'd see it again only to improve my camera work & imagination, get me to work harder & with more daring. Got to have a true story line.
0 · March 17