Kirby Ferguson continues his Everything is a Remix series by showing us how many of our most cherished and familiar films combine elements taken from or inspired by other films to create their seemingly unique experiences. Sometimes, shots are reproduced almost exactly. Yet, the movie industry is extremely aggressive in prosecuting or suing anyone who tries to use their material.
Sit down, turn off your cell phone, close the door. You are about to see something magnificent. Several days ago, I posted a film, Yellow Plastic Raygun, on Vimeo. And today I catch this big fish of a filmmaker from Italy who made a comment about the film and who has made a gorgeous and moving statement about war and destruction. It grabs you and just won’t let you go until it finishes. The use of old images, combined, layered and cut into pieces to form new images and artworks fascinates me when applied to video. This is an example of the art form at its finest.
Fabio Scacchioli made this. He’s made others, but this is the first one I’ve viewed and I’m convinced already. Italy appears to be very healthy in its cinema heart.
The filmmaker has a web site.
Some of the most interesting writing about copyright and remix culture comes from attorney Lawrence Lessig. His latest book, Remix, is available as a Creative Commons licensed download. In a world where kids can download everything for free, how do you make commerce thrive and how do you avoid criminalizing an entire generation? These are the primary questions Lessig asks in this book. If you make a baby video that happens to have Prince playing on the radio in the background and you upload it to YouTube, have you broken a copyright law? Prince thinks you have. But Prince is an idiot with a guitar. I seriously doubt that the guy can even read. Lessig is much smarter than Prince. Read his book with Prince playing on the stereo in your room. Film yourself. Then upload to YouTube. That will make Prince go insane.
I found this book via BoingBoing.
And by the way, you have our permission to film yourself with our audio playing on your stereo in the background. We’re much smarter than Prince too!