Everything is A Remix: The Matrix Example
New-York based writer, director, editor Kirby Ferguson is also the well-inspired producer of Everything is a Remix, a four-parts series that develops the idea that, well, everything is a remix, be it in music (part 1), in films (part 2 – see below) and in innovation (part 3) so far. We are still waiting for part 4 announced for the end of October.
At a fast pace, Ferguson connects the dots that were sitting quietly in our head and gives a new dimension to creativity and storytelling. One that is both liberating and depressing -depending on the size of your ego at the time you watch it I would say.
My favorite discovery: the freshly created tiny subgenre Sorry about Colonialism… where sympathetic White people feel bad about the murders and violations others have done on their behalf. Ferguson includes in this subgenre: Avatar, Dances with the Wolves, The Last Samurai, The Last of the Mohicans, Dune, Lawrence of Arabia, A Man Called Horse, Ferngully and Pocahontas.
Everything is a Remix is a strongly growing success that might spread even faster and further now that fan and Los Angeles based editor Rob G. Wilson cut together a 6 minute video using The Matrix (first movie) as an illustration of Ferguson’s theories by showing its possible and most discernible influences.
In barely four days the video already got 180k views. Not too bad.
Some references took me more by surprise than others (i.e. Total Recall) but the fight scenes and the Japanese animated movies influence were particularly enjoyable to watch. At the end of the video, a list of complementary reading is suggested.
The Matrix (I repeat, the first one) being one of my all-time favorite movie, I enjoyed every second of it and I’m grateful Wilson, Cynthia Closkey (who wrote it) and Ferguson (who co-produced it with Wilson) took the time to plan it out and share it.