one of the issues I want to explore is the ethics of the two minute film clip.
You know what I mean. We all do it.
We pick a scene from a film that matches up with the point we are trying to make with our talk. Seems harmless doesn’t it.
But what does that communicate to young people?
Postmodernism has often been described as the pick and mix ideology. We pick what we like from here and there and build our lives around it. Postmodern religion would be picking bits from all different religions and creating a hodge-podge of spirituality.
And most of us would say that’s wrong.
For years, christians have cherry picked verses from the bible that suit their theology and ignored the ones that they disagree with.
And most of us, even though we do it from time to time, would say that’s wrong.
But then we come to film. And somehow it’s okay to cherry pick bits from films that fit our views and ignore the rest.
Well I say that’s wrong!
I believe that we need to move away from cherry picking film clips and instead show the entire film and let the film speak for itself.
Yes, this is harder. Yes, it means that we need to find news ways of doing illustrations, but I believe it is more ethical.
As a filmmaker, I want people to watch my whole film, not just bits that fit their sermons, and wrestle with all the themes that come out of it.Yes they may not agree with everything in them but that is good for discussion.
So that’s what I’ll be exploring and I hope it will be a lively discussion.
If you’re interested in coming along, please let me know.