The two past days have seen two prominent film directors expressing anything but enthusiasm regarding the future of cinema. Here’s David Lynch talking to The Hollywood Reporter during a visit to Poland:
“I have no problem getting financing. I have a problem catching ideas that I fall in love with for the next feature. I think part of the reason ideas haven’t come in is that the world of cinema is changing so drastically, and in a weird way, feature films I think have become cheap. Everything is kind of throwaway. It’s experienced and then forgotten. It goes really fast. And you have to do those things you are just in love with.”
And here’s Qunetin Tarantino during a round-table talk with other directors, set up by The Hollywood Reporter (take a look above):
“I hate [all-digital cameras and projectors]. I shoot film. But to me, even digital projection is – it’s over, as far as I’m concerned. It’s over […] I’d rather just write one of my big scripts and do it as a miniseries for HBO.”
These statements do leave me somewhat puzzled. Since Lynch’s last feature film, Inland Empire (2006), was shot digitally, and the director says in the interview that the future for art-house films is online, I’m assuming that he disagrees with Tarantino, who is more of a traditionalist in this field. I guess he means it when he’s saying that at the age of 66 he’s running out of ideas.
As for Tarantino, I certainly sympathize with him. My daytime job involves creating the kind of beautiful, inventive pages for a print newspaper that you can do only with brilliant publishing software like InDesign; the Internet is way behind in this field as there’s only so much you can do with a webpage that must adhere to the overriding limits of a paper’s technical main design. Believe me, I understand Tarantino’s infatuation with film. But, although I do look forward to an HBO series based on one of his scripts, I certainly hope that the upcoming Django Unchained won’t be his last cinema endeavor.
We need the creativity, weirdness and outlandishness of both Lynch and Tarantino in the future. Both men need to take a deep breath and find a willingness to dazzle us again.