Creativities: Location scouting and brainstorming for Jurassic Park

Posted by SpaghettiOh on Thursday, October 25th, 2012 in Creativity

In this video, the Jurassic Park crew is doing some location scouting, and Spielberg is getting ideas and spouting reasons for his decisions on the fly. It’s this kind of pure and unadulterated inspiration that makes this video so awesome and to have a home in this series of posts.

When he’s talking about the brachiosaur pulling the leaves off the tree, and the branches are bending, and the leaves are being shaken off and falling to the ground; that’s what I’m talking about. Here’s the scene from the movie…

What was the last Spielberg movie you saw that you thought had all of what Spielberg meant to the movie industry? E.T.? The classic Indiana Jones films? I suppose the question is somewhat subjective. I’m talking about feeling like you know what’s going on, and then being taken by surprise when your senses have been fooled and something else plays out. I suppose that’s really not even all of his movies, but that’s the type I’ve grown to appreciate Spielberg for.

For me, it’s Jurassic Park. Think about the opening scene. It’s dark. Some trees are shuffling to low growling sounds. You know the movie is about dinosaurs, so it would make sense to assume it’s a T-rex or something about to pop out from the jungle. The suspense fills. Which dinosaur would it be? Is it being chased by something? The trees are shaking more violently now! I think I can see some light! What is it??!

A forklift.

The same sort of thing happens with Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The movie sets the audience off with a pretty dark tone, full of mystery and suspense, and sometimes even venturing into a thriller. But in the end, the film is about some friendly aliens with beautiful ships and ultimately no harm is ever inflicted upon anyone.

I think Spielberg has lost some of his magic over the last 15 years or so. You’ll see it come back every now and then in great movies like Minority Report, but for the most part the movies have seemed like he’s just directing, and not imagining. Maybe there’s a lot of pressure on him to make the next big thing, and I think we can all relate to how much you want to do something when someone is pressuring you to do it…

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Creativities: The Social Network soundtrack

Posted by SpaghettiOh on Monday, October 08th, 2012 in Creativity /Rants

I’m starting a new series of I-don’t-know-how-many posts talking about creativity from the minds of the mainstream. I’ll be talking about videos or articles about popular artists, musicians, directors, and the like and how they talk about some of their best work. I’m sharing the things that I find inspiration in, and maybe they’ll inspire you, too. Who gives a shit?

The first article in this series is about Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails talking about an instrument he used in the soundtrack for The Social Network — a whiptastic movie that if you haven’t seen I’d come through your monitor and smack you right now and tell you to go _____ it. (pick your viewing poison)

In the video, Reznor talks specifically about an instrument called the Swarmatron — a collection of wires and electrical mess hand-built by a couple of doods from Brooklyn. The way that Reznor describes the sound created by this machine is almost poetic. This instrument is so prevalent throughout the movie (and I’ve heard the soundtrack so many times) I can almost hear every note and abstract sound played in the movie’s score coming from the small sample of notes he produced for the video, and to see the guy play with the machine with patience and little-no-remorse in how it sounded or felt is ridiculously inspiring.