Meshes of the Afternoon

Meshes of the Afternoon ★★★★★

Whadda picture! Really appreciated just how lo-fi this is this time around, proudly made for under 300$ in Hollywood - the opening title card feels less like a simple announcement of production location and more like shots fired at an industry these self-proclaimed amateurs* were quickly outpacing.

* “But above all, the amateur filmmaker, with his small, light-weight equipment, has an inconspicuousness (for candid shooting) and a physical mobility which is well the envy of most professionals, burdened as they are by their many-ton monsters, cables and crews. Don’t forget that no tripod has yet been built which is as miraculously versatile in movement as the complex system of supports, joints, muscles and nerves which is the human body, which, with a bit of practice, makes possible the enormous variety of camera angles and visual action. You have all this, and a brain too, in one neat, compact, mobile package.

Cameras do not make films; filmmakers make films. Improve your films not by adding more equipment and personnel but by using what you have to its fullest ability. The most instant part of your equipment is yourself: your mobile body, your imaginative mind, and your freedom to use both. Make sure you do use them.” -Maya Deren, “Amateur Versus Professional

The knife, the flower.
A symbolist fever dream
On a summer day.

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