Film, more than any other art forms, comes closest to the pure nature of THOUGHT because the mind by default thinks in the montage of moving images and sounds rather than in words. Film is the medium of the mind, and when we watch a film, it is like one mind meeting another. This is also why film serves as the vehicle for propaganda. Nothing washes over your brain and captives your mind and emotions and changes the way you think more than films do. In fact, the image making process as a whole is analogous to the cognitive process of thinking. The film projector is your brain, the light that emits from the machine is your consciousness, and the pictures that the light reflected on is your mind.
I don't always "get" Frank Yang's particular iteration of YouTube performance art, but I'm always entertained by it.
A lot of writers are upset about the apparent decline in reading among adults (although I think if you correct for eBooks there isn't really a decline), but if this does represent a real trend, it's understandable. Film is just a much more accessible medium for the average person, and not just because it requires less cognitive effort to experience.
Think about your most precious memories, and you'll think in images - in pictures, in a moving montage that, in many ways, parallels film. You're not thinking in words, in lines of scrolling text.
There's a reason film has the mass appeal and the power that it does. Now, with VR technology about to hit the mass market, the way we tell stories is going to change once again. As a writer I can't help but be a little saddened by this (probably just an ego thing), but evolution is what it is. If anything, I should be excited about the stories that we can tell with VR that we couldn't tell with film alone. Maybe we'll even be able to capture moments with three dimensional cameras and visit these memories decades later, like travelling into the past.
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Bret Easton Ellis