• Chris Davy

S is for... Soviet Montage

I totally get that you are emotional.

I totally get that you are influenced by what you see, by what you hear.

I totally get that things frustrate you.

I totally get that you are sometimes overwhelmed by what you see.

I totally get that you sometimes get 'over excited'.

I do too.

BUT, Soviet Montage, at least in my mind helps to explain some of all of this. With everything that is going on in the world, all of the time, and everything that is going on in our day to day lives; it's easy to get wrapped up in it all. It's easy to read too much into things, and it'a easy to make assumptions. BUT then again, we need to do those things to go about our lives, and we are going to do those things if we want to go about our everyday lives. Every time I cross the road, I don't know if I'm going to make it to the other side. But I'm a gambler so, I'll take my chances.

Yeah I studied film, but the topic is so broad and deep that it's probably better than I direct you to other people who have put together good ways of explaining things. Check out this video from Crash Course. This is really good. (Or is it? Am I just trying to influence you? Who knows? Mwwwwahahahahahaha!)

I believe in magic, and cinema and film helps create it's own kind of magic. It can take us on an emotional roller coaster. But what about sport tv, or the news, what about chat shows, what about documentaries? They are all film too right? So, the same rules apply right? People can read too much into shit? Or perhaps sometimes too little?

I mean, those that know me, know I don't really 'read' per say. I don't read books regularly. But I do read. I just don't read books. I read people, I read situations, I read emails, I read body language, I read text messages, oh I read mate. Trouble is, I just can't fucking switch it off. So I've got two choices, get angry about it, or get better at it.

Soviet Montage is something I came across possibly at college when making music videos, but definitely at University because I studied it. The whole premise of music videos can be linked to the techniques of Soviet Montage cinema. The editing and cutting.

This is why I get annoyed at the news. Not just because of the content of it sometimes. But because of the way they stick it together. Oh a bomb has gone off and killed 50 people at a school, and now the weather. That is literally what happens at times. That cutting, that editing of the news, as far as I'm concerned makes people lackadaisical. It kind of dilutes the serious nature of some topics and issues.

Before we get into it, yes I obviously have a better idea. Don't watch the news.

Ok, I guess if I'm going to go full nerd on it. The news shouldn't be presented by a person. It just shouldn't. It should be presented by a robot. A monotone boring, dull as fuck robot. Jus give me cold hard facts and information. People are way too emotional, we are shit at controlling our emotions. So when it comes to presenting there's every chance something won't come out in the way we intended it to. As an audience there's every chance we will misinterpret what is being presented to us. And the news - well the news in broadcast in a way that it often doesn't get edited. So it's not like they can go back and edit it and then broadcast it is it? And it's not like the presenters are always going to go back over their mistakes etc.

Now, are the people that present and create the news aware of this predicament? Are they using it as a tool? Or are they just that fucking stupid? You know me, stupid v smart. They are opposites. It's about balance and perspective. It's the same thing, just looked at from a different point of view.

But basically, that's why we all get wound up and frustrated. Some of it is because of the actual content of the shit we see pumped out into the media on a day to day basis. But some of it is because of the irresponsible use of media and how it is presented. It's out dated and needs an overhaul. It needs a kick up the arse.

Who doesn't love a good quote?

"The profession of film direct can and should be such a high and precious one; that no man aspiring to it can disregard any knowledge that will make him a better film director or human being" - Sergei Eisenstein

Songs to listen to now:

From Russia with Love - Matt Monro, John Barry & Orchestra

New Of The World - The Jam

Montage - Team America

Back In The U.S.S.R. - The Beatles

Ronnie Talk To Russia - Prince

Rasputin - Boney M

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