Here at Horbawrong Studios, we (I) are (am) fans of creative people doing creative things. Which is why when friend of the Studio, Eric Morrison, posted a new video, I found myself filled with the glee of a thousand high school glee club members.
In the description, Eric calls the video (“Of Mice and Men”) his attempt at Mr. Bean-like entertainment. I was never much a fan of Mr. Bean, but I have a deep appreciation for silent filmmaking, and that is, conceptually, what Eric was doing with this video.
There’s a beautiful art to silence and conveying a story with no words. Which is undoubtedly what makes Charlie Chaplin one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. Is Eric’s video on par with the great Chaplin? Eric’s video is probably more visually dynamic than much of Chaplin’s work (one of Eric’s innate talents is his sense of visual composition and pacing). I admit that the video feels weak on the ending -- a bit of a soft landing when I was expecting a hard crash. But the journey was still enjoyable.
More important, as the Beat-Off has demonstrated, it’s vital to stretch our creative muscles in ways we usually don’t. It’s fertilization for our muses and fresh mulch for our ideas to grow in. Eric’s video was an exercise and the only failure would have been not to do it in the first place.
So what’s next, Eric?
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