My Dec 2012 5MoF intro video

Fair warning, the attached video may hit triggers, although no harm is intended.

This video represents a lot of things I’ve been thinking about lately. I’m a big fan of dadaism related things (Andy Kaufmann rocks), and I have been really interested in the nature of words and presumptions. What kind of standards do we hold each other (and ourselves) to, and why? Why are some things ok to say, and some not ok to say? When a word scares or frightens us, where does it get that power from?

The Lenny Bruce sketch (as played by Dustin Hoffman) is, to me, a beautiful illustration of this. It’s in your face, shocking, but then he makes you ask “why did that shock me?” He’s an equal opportunity offender (my own ethnicity was not spared), and a sharp one. But it’s important to think about: why did I have that reaction to those words? Is it because of something in the word itself, or because of my feelings around it? Where do those feelings come from? Is there some external entity that gives those words the power that makes me fear, not just saying them, but even being in the presence of them being spoken? Why do I tie such meanings to them? And, as he points out, what happens if we bring the words up so much that over time it waters down their impact? If we diffuse all the words we use to hold power over someone, what happens to that power? It’s also worth noting that he did his work in the 50s and 60s, and would consistently get arrested by people who disagreed with him. I can’t imagine how many social barriers his work helped to break down, just by making people question why it was that certain words scared them.

Sister Wendy, I felt, was a fantastic closing touch. In liason with the Piss Christ (which caused its own storm of controversy), she not only makes the case for free speech and free expression, but also challenges people to think about why they have the reactions they do. If you see something that shocks you, are you correct in your reaction? How do you know? Maybe that shocking thing has more to it than what you initially saw. Maybe there are more messages than simply the ones you want to see. I also really appreciate her take on sexuality.

I am hoping this video makes at least a few people start to ask those questions and answer them for themselves.


PS: this video is special to me as it marks two years since the last intro video I made. I’m happy that 5MoF is still going, and that I can contribute to it. It’s also my first go with Final Cut Pro, so please forgive me 🙂


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