Video and the occupy movement or comment filmer une révolution

The last post was about an article analysing the formal choices made by current oppositional video. This link here is to something very, very different. It is essentially a ‘how to’ manual for oppositional film-making. Multi-camera film-making, camera angles and distances come out of the classroom and onto the street. I have gone here with the French sub-titled version from the Occupy France website. The original is part of a broader project called ‘Occupy the movie’ whose idea seems to be to develop a feature length film by putting together a series of chapters each of which records a prominent moment or set of moments from the Occupy movement’s brief history. The about page of ‘Occupy the movie’ seems to be very centred on the film’s director and producer and is very glossy and individualistic in a way out of keeping with the spirit of the movement. It’s hard to tell exacty how the film’s chapters were made, although an initial glance suggests a high degree of professionalism in contrast to the very raw footage found elsewhere. Very interesting nonetheless. There is at least one other occupy film project out there (see here). This one seems to be more collective in its organization. The short film (seeking support for the longer one) on the site is also very professionally made, very slick.  The two projects together raise a whole series of questions about who can speak (film) for the movement and how the passage can be negotiated from raw, amateur but highly impactful footage to something more professional. The professionalisation of the filming and editing can have clear cost implications as both films’ requests for money show. There are also clear questions about how the completed films will circulate (in what conditions of distribution and reception), assuming they cannot follow the viral, internet and you-tube routes of the amateur footage.

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