curling up with a good movie 01.24.2005, 8:53 AM
posted by bob stein
i spent the better part of the weekend in a marathon viewing of the first season of 24 -- the thriller TV show which has 24 episodes, one for each hour of a specific day. the first season (season four is on the air now) takes place on "the day of the california presidential primary" and follows the brilliantly interwoven story of politics, espionage and family relations. a non-stop roller-coaster ride with deligtfully unexpected and usually believable plot twists.
i watched 24 on a set of DVDs; most of the time the screen was on my lap (via my apple notebook) or right in front of me on a table. the intimacy of watching in that way, plus the duration created an experience that was much more akin to reading a novel you can't put down than watching a movie or tv show.
it would have been even more interesting and more novel-like if all 24 episodes were available simultaneously with a complete index of scene content and dialog so that i could have gone back to review key scenes the way you can in a book.
not arguing here that there are no differences between novels and films, but that some of what makes a book a book -- random access and intimacy -- can be found in new media and you can see the seeds of new forms of expression. figure that people coming out of film school in the next ten years will find themselves going in one or two ways; either making giant spectacle films intended for 3D imax or making very dense, intimate novel-like "films" that are intended for an audience of one at a time.
Posted by bob stein on January 24, 2005 8:53 AM
tags: The Performing Book
Dan Visel on January 26, 2005 5:24 PM:
Related to this: it might be worth looking at why personal DVD players seem to have taken off in such a big way. It confuses me why someone would buy something that's practically a laptop computer but not a laptop computer, but they do: you see these all the time on trains & planes. Could we make electronic books with DVD-making software?