This is the place where we lay down our thesis, our mission statement, the place where we pompously declare our commitment to an assortment of idealistic and naïve sentiments, peppered with faux radicalism and a healthy dose of revolutionary rhetoric. This is the soapbox from which we expound our declaration of principles and earnestly propose to revolutionise cinema, overthrow the system and change the world… with art.
Yes this is that place. That is what we’re supposed to do here.
But we feel as though that would be disingenuous and a bit silly. The truth is that we’re simply having great fun making the films that we want to make, and we figure that if we like what we’re doing then there ought to be other people out there who like what we’re doing as well. This completes us.
We’re delighted to be living in an age that grants us this freedom. There once was a time when making a film was an arduous and costly affair, and getting it seen by anyone was another headache entirely. Frankly we don’t know why people bothered. In this previous age (which many still cling to) a film needed to be commercially viable because of all the expenses involved, and as a result we have over a century’s worth of tried and tested formulas, standardised production procedures, generic codes and conventions, and other such evils all designed to ensure a return on investment. But now that decent filmmaking equipment is affordable, and the internet is here to take care of distribution, now that making a film doesn’t have to be a business decision – all of those evils can effectively be disregarded, or at the very least treated with the utmost suspicion. The simple combination of sound and image opens up an infinite universe of creative potential that goes far beyond stale Hollywood formulas, and there’s never been a better time to explore it. We don’t propose to do away with cinematic conventions and practices entirely, many of them can be used to great effect, but when we do make use of them we want to ensure that we use them for real reasons and not just because “that’s how films are made”.
So that’s it. We’re just going to amuse ourselves by doing whatever the fuck we want, and you’re going to like it. Sure, a revolution in film is probably possible and certainly desirable, but it’s not going to be initiated by a couple of media studies graduates with a website. And there’s nothing more saddening than the sight of an incendiary manifesto that clearly isn’t going to be followed by anyone other than the solitary creature who wrote it.
Here’s our incendiary manifesto:
IN ORDER TO LIBERATE CINEMA FROM THE FESTERING QUAGMIRE IN WHICH IT LANGUISHES, WE MUST PURGE OURSELVES ONCE AND FOR ALL OF THAT TRAGIC, PITIFUL SPECIES KNOWN AS “THE GENERAL PUBLIC”. IN ORDER TO CREATE A NEW CINEMATIC LANGUAGE FIRST WE MUST DESTROY THE OLD ONE. WE MUST HARNESS ALL THE BILE AND CONTEMPT THAT WE FEEL IN OUR GUT AND MOUNT A SAVAGE ATTACK ON THE HERD AND ALL OF THEIR SOCIALLY ENGINEERED DESIRES AND EXPECTATIONS: WHERE THERE IS ENTERTAINMENT, LET THERE BE MISERY; WHERE THERE IS DRAMA, LET THERE BE BOREDOM; WHERE THERE IS DESIRE, LET THERE BE REPULSION; WHERE THERE IS ENJOYMENT, LET THERE BE ENDURANCE; WHERE THERE IS ESCAPISM, LET THERE BE COLD, HARSH REALITY. NOTHING SHORT OF THE COMPLETE AND UTTER ALIENATION OF THESE FOUL CREATURES IS NECESSARY. WE MUST TAKE BACK WHAT IS RIGHTFULLY OURS, IT IS IN OUR HANDS. OUR DESTITUTION (figuratively speaking) IS OUR GREATEST ALLY: WITH NO POWER COMES NO RESPONSIBILITY, WITH NO MONEY WE’VE NOTHING TO LOSE, WITH NO REPUTATION, VESTED INTERESTS, CONTRACTUAL AGREEMENTS, TARGET DEMOGRAPHICS, COMMERCIAL SENSIBILITIES – COME NO OBLIGATIONS, NO RESTRICTIONS, NO RED TAPE, NO INHIBITIONS, NO LIMITATIONS OF ANY CONCEIVABLE NATURE. WE MAY HAVE NO RESOURCES BUT WE DO HAVE AN ENTIRE PLANET. WE MAY HAVE NO PROPERTY BUT WE DO HAVE THE BOUNDLESS REALMS OF IMAGINATION. THAT WHICH WE CAN PERCEIVE WE CAN EXPRESS. THE ENTIRETY OF EXISTENCE IS AT OUR DISPOSAL.
(From This is why Everyone Hates You)