I find the idea of copying a creative product kinda interesting, like where’s the line drawn between inspiration and plagiarism? I also think that there’s something to be said for taking one thing and making it something else that the original creator couldn’t or didn’t.
In this case, Oh Yeah Wow are calling for some serious attention to be brought to the case of their video for Clubfeet being supposedly ripped off by One Direction and the producers of the video, Fulwell 73 Productions, for ‘You & I’.
I gotta say, the 1d video certainly takes more than just a technique or a style from the OYW video. Was this necessary? Was this sheer laziness? Did Fulwell 73 really not have legal advisors backing them on this one?
I dunno, like from the 18 or so years I’ve spent at school (primary, high school, university), I’ve always had ‘NO PLAGIARISM’ drilled into me, and seriously, the only times I did copy someone’s work was either when I was totally uninspired and lazy, or when I was too stubborn to ask for help.
Also, another thing I like to say is, “if you have the tools and budget to do anything, why would you do that?”.
Come on, mate.
Read what Oh Yeah Wow have to say: http://ohyeahwow.com/nodirection/
—> RUFFMERCY’s signature animation and VFX as seen in the new Lily Allen video for Sheezus.
I love his style but I feel like I’m going to be seeing it everywhere now thanks to copycats :-(
A similar thing is happening with Barnaby Roper’s work - it’s so fresh and original and now that it’s gaining more and more attention thanks to pop star music videos, we’re gonna see it being dispersed amongst our lesser creatives. Oh well! Nothing is sacred.
For the meantime, I’m excited that animation in music video is gaining momentum.
The first half of this music video for Warpaint’s Disco//Very - Keep it Healthy is mesmerising - cool girls dancing/walking/signing in slow motion is a huge turn on, and I never knew.
Bright Star by Jane Campion is the only movie I’ve walked out on in the cinema. I dragged my sister out with me and she didn’t even protest, the movie was that bad. I couldn’t really articulate why except that “it was too fluffy”, but even so, I’ve definitely enjoyed fluff before. OMG, why did this movie irritate me so much?
I think I know why now, five years later. Reading The Woman in The Story has hugely enlightened me as to why I, along with the author, found Bright Star so irksome. Apparently it’s because Fanny Braun is completely forgettable (except that she’s so annoying?), she is not a memorable, admirable or even a despised heroine. She is blah.
I don’t mean to sound harsh, but Helen Jacey backs me up. She says that our not so bright Fanny is neither ‘nice enough, dark enough, or passionate enough’. What a shame for you, Fanny. Considering the story is about Fanny’s love affair with John Keats, it’s kind of baffling that the dude is more memorable than the ‘main’ character. And, I do prefer strong or at least interesting female characters.
Nothing on you, Abbie Cornish! I really just wish your character had been written better. So, I guess Bright Star just falls into this category of ‘pretty’ films with complacent female characters that complacent viewers will enjoy.
If you’re interested in the ways females can be written and presented in film, I highly recommend this book BTW. It’s definitely for you if you want to take your heroine to the next level.