From ‘Self-Esteem: Jenny Slate’ to My Personal Journey: Bienvenido, It’s Thanksgiving.
To celebrate this special day I have decided to share my latest video crush, hoping that it will entertain and inspire you as much as it did to me.
Dean Fleischer-Camp and Jenny Slate are a couple in life and best known for being the minds behind ‘Marcel The Shell With Shoes on‘ that revealed them to the public last year and got 1,6 millions views on Internet.
Director Fleischer-Camp and actress Slate work together on small projects on the side of their ‘real’ projects, and with great success. (They were featured in the 25 new faces to Independent film in Filmmaker Magazine this year.)
Their latest video, ‘Self-Esteem: Jenny Slate’ is the most absurd and creative video I have seen in a long time. I don’t want to reveal too much because the surprise effect plays in favor of the experience, so watch it first maybe:
Nothing makes sense per se in this 3 minute video, but yet, we get the authors’ point and the broken rules make the experience even more enjoyable.
There’s definitely a Kauffman feel to it and at first I identified the voice-overs POV to Malkovich’s inner door, but it quickly turned out that trying to rationalize the narrative was useless and, most importantly, unnecessary to appreciate the short film.
The reason why I found this video so inspiring is directly linked to where I am at the moment in my life and since Thanksgiving is about sharing (I should also add: and since I started receiving emails from other aspiring filmmakers asking me about my experience), I will share a bit about the why now.
In the last two years, I have lost focus on what really mattered to me in life: being creative and telling stories.
I got tangled into serious problematics that are unavoidable if you are planning to make a feature film and a living in Hollywood as a foreigner, but that made me lose sight of what I needed to do to feel fulfilled on a deeper level at the end of the day.
I was no longer taking time to have fun doing stupid silly videos, comics or anything really that involved me creating something from scratch for no other reason that because it made me feel good. Every second of my time had to matter and be dedicated to my very serious goal of making a feature, and without noticing it, I lost my mojo and everything became terribly painful.
Of course, for a long time, I didn’t identify the problem (I was distracted by the financial crisis to be honest) but pieces of the puzzle slowly came to me in and everything fell into place a month ago.
What links Fleischer-Camp and Slate to my personal story is their approach of their craft: they just went for it with Marcel, and they are doing the same with Self-Esteem. Fleischer-Camp says it best in the Filmmaker Magazine interview: We made it just to make it.
That’s it, it’s as simple as that.
There’s a particular energy unique to spontaneous creation that you can feel in Self-Esteem, the one that makes flaws charming and makes you react with refreshing enthusiasm.
And I want that creative spontaneity back in my life, because I can’t live the life I want to live without it.
So a month ago I took the radical decision to leave Los Angeles, my car, and my rent on December 24th, and to go nomad for the coming year.
It’s like a year without a rent dedicated to reconnect with my creativity (and without crowd funding). I will have a Canon 7D with me, and I’m planning to be as flexible as possible so I can say yes to any type of creative projects that interest me, and go anywhere in the world. (Although I will unlikely end up in China, but you never know…)
I don’t know what’s going to happen but I know I have to do it if I want to keep walking, and I just hope I won’t disappoint myself.
I am actually developing a top-secret transmedia project that should be launched next February in Paris, so I already kind of know where the wind will blow for the next few months, and if any reader is left after The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo comes out and the treasure hunt is over, I will gladly cover it all, for your consideration.
I wasn’t planning to go all personal when I started this article, and I hope linking these two elements made a bit of sense to you.
Otherwise, you can always blame Thanksgiving.