photo manipulation & text by nacrowe
with ever more ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY the line between what is IMAGINED and what is POSSIBLE has long been blurred and is starting to become entirely INDISTINGUISHABLE. as is the demarcation between GAMES and FILM and virtually any and all VISUAL CONTENT. it really is an exciting time in terms of technical development, but in essence what comes into focus is the need for a vision since these new TECHNOLOGIES are a TOOL after all.
i remember when DEER GOD started shooting promotional films for local recording artists and how the pressure seemed more about the QUALITY of the RESOLUTION rather than the QUALITY of the CONCEPT. this was FRUSTRATING to no end since it felt like the cart leading the horse with priorities being completely ASS BACKWARDS.
and that is a little bit of my frustration when watching the CORRIDOR DIGITAL youtube channel, which is a small INDEPENDENT, SELF-CONTAINED, IN-HOUSE production collective that produces SHORT-FORM content utilizing modern SOPHISTICATED GAMING ENGINES, ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, COMPUTER LEARNING and MODELING SOFTWARE. in terms of the quality of the effects, the company punches well above their weight. and i must say that they are providing a RELEVANT service by providing a behind-the-scenes look at the SOFTWARE itself, no doubt engaging new filmmakers to get involved. all this is POSITIVE and should be COMMENDED, if not CELEBRATED.
the CONTENT itself is what i take issue with. most of the time i am BEFUDDLED by the concepts themselves and am constantly asking myself "why are they spending all this time and energy producing that?" it often feels like EFFECTS are made for the sake of integrating EFFECTS. what i always found COOL about SPECIAL EFFECTS, was when it is difficult to gauge when something actually is a DIGITAL or PRACTICAL EFFECT (or perhaps not a visual trick at all). that is the MAGIC of filmmaking and projecting one's dream on a film screen.
there is also their apparent OBSESSION with GUNS and VIOLENCE in film. maybe it is because the two founders SAM GORSKI and NIKO PUERINGER are from the midwest and raised on STEVEN SEAGAL and JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME films, but the theme of MINDLESS cinematic VIOLENCE with no real weight or emotion is NUMBING and seemingly RECKLESS given the demographics of their channel. i am not saying that there shouldnt be PHYSICAL ALTERCATIONS in film, but at least it could be done with some intelligence or at least recognition of the human toll involved. i understand that much of this content on their channel is usually a send-up, parody or extension of the intellectual properties found in gaming culture, but seemingly it is an unquestionable fact that AMERICAN GUN CULTURE is completely out of whack and some of this content seemingly further normalizes the instinct to solve issues with FIREARMS. or at least CELEBRATES a warped sense of MASCULINITY that wraps itself in it.
again, the TECHNICAL WIZARDRY of these guys is beyond COMMENDABLE. i just ask myself "why" all the time regarding their choice of plots and tired cinematic cliches that our culture is attempting to move past towards a more EMPATHETIC, INCLUSIVE reality and not one bogged down in TOXIC MASCULINITY.
because in essence this channel is all about dudes and their GUNS. how phallic indeed.