How does new technology change the movie experience?

I enjoy movies at the theatre. I enjoy movies at home. I enjoy mobile streaming devices that allow me to defy limitations of time and space in a custom and participatory way–unlike the passive simultaneous group viewing in a traditional movie or home theatre environment.

Regarding the question of how new technology has impacted the moving image I would say it has expanding the landscape and possibilities for meaningful interactive experiences. As an artist and a web designer I work with moving images in what might be considered another dimension–in the sense that they are interactive and dynamic too.

I like to dialog with my friends over a shared image, from an interactive media device, including aspects of our shifted perspectives that come from viewing different ways, times, and places. In addition, with new technologies in the moving image, I also have the option to connect with strangers who share my specific interests or preferences regardless of time and space. I think the addition of interactivity to moving image builds on the traditional fantasy dream like experience–expanding space for new meaning, narrative and character.

In watching the 1928 silent film Street Angel by Frank Borzage on YouTube (one recording out of the 5 versions that appeared at the top of my search, viewed 24,343 times with 141 comments) I was moved by the scene when Angela, played by Janet Gaynor, chooses to leave her lover, played by Charles Farrell, with no explanation. Her decision to keep her problems a secret and her willingness to surrender to the injustice nature of her situation was really unsettling to me. Although her character self sacrifices to avoid hurting the man she loves she is unable to achieve that goal. This dilemma is timeless–and pulls on my heartstrings as mixed emotions bubble up around the consequences of sacrifices made and secrets kept in the name of love.

Categories: Writing

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