Watching this clip of GoPro's Year in Review, it becomes immediately apparent just how impactful they have been in redefining the way we perceive the world and how we tell our stories. Some truly astounding footage here. Enjoy.
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In January 2014 Kathryn Schulz published an article in Vulture called "The Five Best Punctuation Marks in Literature." It is a great piece, worthy of you the reader abandoning all that is to come in this post, clicking through, digesting every detail of its brilliance and then calling it a night.
But if you didn't do that, if you are still here, then I invite you to also check out Max Tohline's cinematic response to Schulz's post. He states that:
I wanted to assemble a video essay with a rapidfire list of nominees of great moments of editing-as-punctuation in film. But as I started putting it together, the project grew into a twofold piece: an analysis of and response to Schulz's article as well as an attempt to spur new insights about editing by examining it through the metaphor of punctuation.
Tohline's video is 20 minutes, which is epic by internet standards, but it is worth sticking through it. While not always completely successful in its attempts to equate film technique with literary structure, the ideas stay with you and may even inform your next Netflix viewing.
“The very meaninglessness of life forces a man to create his own meaning. Children, of course, begin life with an untarnished sense of wonder, a capacity to experience total joy at something as simple as the greenness of a leaf; but as they grow older, the awareness of death and decay begins to impinge on their consciousness and subtly erode their joie de vivre, their idealism – and their assumption of immortality.
"As a child matures, he sees death and pain everywhere about him, and begins to lose faith in the ultimate goodness of man. But if he’s reasonably strong – and lucky – he can emerge from this twilight of the soul into a rebirth of life’s élan.
"Both because of and in spite of his awareness of the meaninglessness of life, he can forge a fresh sense of purpose and affirmation. He may not recapture the same pure sense of wonder he was born with, but he can shape something far more enduring and sustaining.
"The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent; but if we can come to terms with this indifference and accept the challenges of life within the boundaries of death – however mutable man may be able to make them – our existence as a species can have genuine meaning and fulfillment. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.”
— Stanley Kubrick
“The fundamental idea is that stories have shapes which can be drawn on graph paper, and that the shape of a given society’s stories is at least as interesting as the shape of its pots or spearheads.” — Kurt Vonnegut