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How to miss the obvious without trying
Too many people in this industry end up delivering a product that is skewed, if not blinded, by the technology, the style, the trends, the money, and last but not least their own ideology.

If you're lucky enough to do what you love to do for a living, then your life, and everything else you "produce," has a purpose. A point. A goal.

If you happen to make videos, it's up to you to convey that point to your audience. Reaching that goal is, in essence,  the ultimate purpose of making a film, or a simple video. Still, too many people and companies end up delivering a product that is skewed, if not blinded, by the technology that allows it, the style that drives it, the trends that it follows, the money that feeds it, and last but not least: their own ideology.

Take the just-released Stars and Strife movie, for example. It's a straight-to-VOD production by David Smick. I bet you've never heard of the latter, but you can google him: he's the CEO of a Washington-based financial advisory firm. He's probably not your friend, neither literally nor metaphorically. But that's not the point.

The movie's stated goal is to examine hate in America and possibly point to new solutions geared toward minimizing the general unrest period that America is currently going through. The film could have been titled: the People vs. the Hate industry. For what I can tell from the trailer, it's an expensive endeavor: a Vice-styled collage of interviews with the movie director's neo-liberal friends in Washington. If you want to learn what the likes of Leon Panetta, James Baker, Rahm Emmanuel, Larry Summers, and Alan Greenspan think about the "little" people in the street, this is the right movie to watch. But who are these people, and why them? In case you, like the movie's director, haven't figured it out yet: they are the same people that birthed the so-called "hate" monster which they now purportedly wish to tame. It's enough to make me wonder: what's the point?

Last modified on August 28, 2020, 11:44 pm
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