“Brian O’Blivion: The battle for the mind of North America will be fought in the video arena: the Videodrome. The television screen is the retina of the mind’s eye. Therefore, the television screen is part of the physical structure of the brain. Therefore, whatever appears on the television screen emerges as raw experience for those who watch it. Therefore, television is reality, and reality is less than television.”
Quote: 1980’s Videodrome
These were the famous words that the Professor states in David Cronenberg’s Cult classic, Videodrome. Back then it would seem that Cronenberg was almost lifting the veil. The film is prophetic its predictions of what is to be.
The term: “Smoke and Mirrors” is what we use for illusion.
Fictional worlds and universes are no exception to this rule in film, television and fiction. For me personally, a good storyteller forces the mind to use its own perceptions and experiences. That’s where intellect plays a big part in fiction.
My first experience and exercise in storytelling was at the age of six or seven. Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman was the mental exercise, and I still use this today. I vividly remember collecting all the Batman cards and bubble-gum wrappings – accompanied by poster images that I cut from a magazine in order to imagine experiencing the film. I was too young to watch the film in the cinema at that time, and perhaps too young for the home video.
After all the memorabilia I could gather on the Batman movie, it didn’t add up to much apart from an image of Keaton as Batman, and the guttered alleyways which were stoked in steam from the sewers. It wasn’t enough. So for the next few months I visualized all the images I could conjure in my mind’s eye, and night after night I would visualize it.
The endless nights in deep mental thought taught me a major tool in storytelling. I was conceiving my own story. In fact, the mystique that I concocted a year or so later, far exceeded Tim Burton’s Batman. In keeping with the new technique, I’d gather as much information as I could whenever watching a movie and those amazing eighties Big Box Grindhouse covers would be used in creating my own plot and structure.
Hollywood has mastered this. The trailer usually far outweighs the preconceived notion of the final product. Most of my collection consists of trailers from all genres, and although I make it an obsession to hunt these films, I mostly prefer the trailers over the original film itself. Creating my own movie theatre inside my mind was the greatest gift I was given as it taught me to create my own unique brand of style.
Something to ponder on:
When a group of people… your friends or family perhaps… overhype a film or a book. This for me personally, is the equivalent of overcooked food.
LINKS RELATING TO THE BLOG ABOVE:
Actor: Brian O’Blivion
Director & Producer: Tim Burton
Actor: Michael Keaton
Writer / Director / Producer: David Cronenberg
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