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Sunday, August 3, 2008

Hello.

Decided to create this blog to start discussions around body image and media.

I'm in the process of producing a series of short documentary films -- that will work together as a feature. The over-all goal is to take a look at various cultural definitions of beauty, and to raise questions about striving for physical perfection.

The first short is called WET DREAMS AND FALSE IMAGES and uses humor to raise serious questions about the marketplace of commercial illusion. The second, THE GUARANTEE, asks what it means for a person to change their physical appearance through plastic surgery -- does changing our bodies change our cultural identity? And, the third segment, currently in the YouTube Screening Room, is called 34x25x36 and is about mannequins, perfection, and religion.

Instead of just bashing the beauty industry or something, I'm much more interested in why we do the things we do. What purpose does striving for perfection serve -- if any?

Thanks for chiming in on YouTube -- maybe we can start more of a discussion here.

Regards,
Jesse

1 comment:

  1. Well the subject matter is good, the clip would work well even without music.

    The T Griffin version is actually really good because it works in multiple ways. First, its industrial sound fits the visual image of the factory. Second, it sounds vaguely like what you might hear at a club, which sort of reinforces the whole beauty / sexiness ideal. And third, the main loop at the beginning sounds manipulated and cold, reinforcing the movie's theme of how artificial the beauty business can be.

    So you got something that really reinforced your film on multiple levels.

    The Loscil track is very sophisticated, but also very subtle and its nuances don't break through all the sound and dialogue. The listener mostly hears the droning pads, which don't change much and over 7 minutes aren't as interesting as original soundtrack.

    btw, here is another example of versions by different film composers - the movie 2001 had an alternative soundtrack as well, which got cut from the film:
    http://tinyurl.com/6p45ge

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