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Brandon McCormick’s Smiling Addiction

Brandon McCormick's Smiling Addiction

I love the concept, I love the shooting style, I like the music but together they seem to clash. The pace of the story and the pace of the song seem to be off. So it feels like you are watching two things that are competing for your attention. And I think if the bodies acted natural, I think this would have been a more powerful piece. A lot of excellent moments though and very appropriate to our times. I’d suggest turning off the music and just watch it silent.

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3 Responses to “Brandon McCormick’s Smiling Addiction”

  1. jennifer on November 18th, 2006 5:47 pm

    i have to completely disagree. i think there is nothing wrong with the song. the paces match perfectly. and this is an amazing film

  2. Kim on August 27th, 2007 11:21 am

    I disagree too. I think it is paced out pretty nice. Also, what is the point of acting “natural” when it is a big smiley face people world. Acting natural would not make sense, as I am sure in the “smiley face world”, that is them acting natural. It all flows. I love this peice.

  3. Ajit on August 27th, 2007 12:13 pm

    The idea is very simple: besides the smiley face, everything else is meant to look and feel natural. Things like cinematography, the conflict and the settings are all based on realism. So naturalism is something they are seeking. If it existed in fantasy land, I can see how they would want theatrical acting. But this isn’t. This is a video tackling real issues in real settings.

    Naturalism is also easier for people to have an attachment to. There is a reason why acting as a craft has moved from theatrical to method acting. Because naturalism is something people really react to. And that is what keeps this piece from being great, the director didn’t trust the emotion could come across. You can be exaggerated but it has to be natural. You can express yourself with a Smiley face on your head and yet have an emotional stream to rely upon.

    Because something is not supposed to be realistic, it doesn’t mean actors have to be emotionally unrealistic. It makes no sense. Even in theatrical acting, actors ground themselves in reality. They take a more liberal approach on how grounded they are compared to Method acting.