“The Softest Voice” by Animal Collective
Road to Alaska.
I recently went through images I took on the road to Alaska from Vancouver and was surprised at how many I had overlooked on my first pass. The Stewart-Cassiar and Alaska Highway has so much wildlife to offer, albeit a little bumpy. I was fortunate to see many bears along the way. Apart from the bears it’s a long and isolated drive - just how I like it.
Cinema is a language. It can say things-big, abstract things. And I love that about it. I’m not always good with words. Some people are poets and have a beautiful way of saying things with words. But cinema is its own language. And with it you can say so many things, because you’ve got time and sequences. You’ve got dialogue. You’ve got music. You’ve got sound effects. You have so many tools. And you can express a feeling and a thought that can’t be conveyed any other way. Its a magical medium. For me, it’s so beautiful to think about these pictures and sounds flowing together in time and in sequence, making something that can be done only through cinema. Its not just words or music-it’s a whole range of elements coming together and making something that didn’t exist before. It’s telling stories. It’s devising a world, an experience, that people cannot have unless they see that film. When I catch an idea for a film, I fall in love with the way cinema can express it. I like a story that holds abstractions, and that’s what cinema can do.