Timecode: The art of capturing the essence of filmmaking

Independent Cinema, Reviews

Short films are the most underrated art form there is: people don’t usually watch them (let it be live action, animation or documentary) and when they are interested in a particular one, it can be extremely difficult to find it on the Internet. As a matter of fact, since I’ve been a film student, the only people I’ve met who are interested in shorts are scholars, cinephiles and students, and even they are turning their backs on this format and try to make feature films in college (as undergraduates, can you believe it??!!). Why is that? I believe it is because short films never get the attention and appreciation they deserve, people don’t want to pay to watch them and it is very unlikely to recover the investment made to produce it. They are seen as a “lesser” production, as something reserved for festivals, but not for the mainstream public. It is like something that students made to learn their craft while hoping to eventually make movies, “real” movies. Well, I disagree: short films are made with extreme precision and craft to make you understand a story, empathize with the characters and, most importantly, make you feel something, in just a few minutes, with a limited number of scenes, characters and means. It’s all about getting to the point in a simple yet complex way, telling a story in the best way possible, without the fare and unnecessary decoration. I’m not saying in any way that making a feature film is easy, not at all, but a longer format gives storytellers more time and more scenes to make you feel everything a short film does in just a few minutes. Timecode, the winner of the Palme d’Or for Best Short Film and Oscar nominee, is the perfect example.

Goya 2017: Buscando una nueva tendencia para el cine español

Festivals and Awards

Después de muchas horas de deliberación sobre si escribir o no una entrada sobre los Premios Goya 2017 (dada mi conocida aprensión hacia el cine español), parecía ridículo hablar de todas las galas del circuito de premios (“awards season”) de este año y dejar de lado la gala que celebra el cine del país en el que me ha tocado nacer. Ahora bien, ¿cómo hacer un artículo que no repita lo que ya se ha dicho durante años en medios mucho mejores que el mío, si se puede considerar mi pequeño blog un medio? Y sobretodo, ¿cómo hacer un artículo que no sea únicamente una crítica destructiva de 800 palabras, que podéis encontrar ya en forma de tweets de 140 caracteres en mi cuenta de Twitter? El éxito de Un monstruo viene a verme (nueve premios Goya) me ha llevado a rescatar de mi memoria una reflexión que lleva des de la gala de los Premis Gaudí dando vueltas en mi cabeza: ¿hasta qué punto son las películas como la de J.A Bayona cine español? ¿Podemos considerarlas cine español? ¿En qué medida?