We dance.

Film, Travel

About 2 years ago I heard a Sir Ken Robinson’s talk in Talk, it was great. Particular, he mentioned a concept of two sides of head. The fact was that under current education system, for most people only one side of the head was trained, while the other ability-like dancing had been highly devaluated.
When I watched the talk, more often I was just laughing, as it was just funny. Personally it also reminded me the days when I was playing piano in my parents’ small house.but till recently I watched some films on my flight back to Melbourne, I suddenly found  this group of dancing people was actually so close to me.

The theme of this month’s films on Air China was definitely dance. In its entertainment system, from “That’s it” to “Step Up”, then to “Dirty Dance”, it’s all about dance. And the idea shown in the films is the same as in Ken’s talk: Dance is just skill you can learn, but not a job. Most dancers are living in a bad situation, so they need money badly and they have sex to different people. Most importantly, top class family will never allow their kid to be a dancer. However, all the conflits in the films I saw told me a different perspective, if they really like to dance, and that desire is so strong, they will never care about the rules in their family and finally get what they want finally.

I wish the audience of the dance films can also all watch the talk of Ken, and if they are not too late to make a choice between two half of the head for themselves or others, reconsider about it. What I totally agreed is that in both ways we can learn live happily.


Sound or No Sound?


I read an article about the sounds in the thriller films this week, pretty interesting.

Basically there are two kinds of sound that can make people scary, one is some strange sound that people have not heard before, the other is no sound. So the typical scary picture is either in a dark night, suddenly there was a sound that should not be there, then some bad things followed; Or in a dark and hot night, outside is  noisy because of those summer animals and insects, it became quite, quite, till no sound at all, then suddenly something bad happened.

I should admit those directors well studied those psychology theory, and those sound analysis at least said me right. For my hearing system, first it cannot be too quite, it is quite necessary to get some background music or something else. I have downloaded some sound apps in my phone, providing those nature sounds like raining, wave and so on. So if I sometimes bored (it always happens) , I will open those apps to enjoy the nature sounds, especially those sounds which I have to travel long to hear. Secondly, the sound should not be too strange. I once doubt the standard of the some electrical sound in the thriller films, now I can roughly guess the rationale behind it. People feel comfortable under the familiar environment. The more strange, the more uncomfortable people will feel, thus one extreme is to use the unease to create a scary feeling in the films.
Watching films is interesting, but knowing the reasons behind the films is interesting too.