Kanye West is known for his music mostly, but the dude actually has an interest in not only filmmaking in general but in directing. He’s directed some of his own music videos and now he’s debuted a short film over at the Cannes Film Festival.
The Hollywood Reporter has the full write up, but they also go into how his girlfriend Kim Kardashian was there and his BFF Jay Z was supporting him. We’ll just skip past that and move on to the actual movie stuff.
The film stars Kid Cudi, Big Sean, Lebanese actress Razane Jammal and Palestinian actor Ali Suleman, with special appearances by Kanye himself and comic Aziz Ansari.
It’s about a car thief (Cudi) who meets a beautiful blind Arab woman who uses strings to navigate her house. They fall in love and the girl’s dad says they can only get married if he can help her see (metaphorically or physically?).
Here’s the neat part – the movie uses multiple cameras to capture all the action and SEVEN screens were used to convey everything that was going on. So really, it’s like watching the entire moment. You’re seeing every possible angle at the same time and you can choose how you want to digest the film.
Why go with seven screens? West feels like audiences now are used to absorbing so much information at the same time that we get bored and have to check our phones or something else to quench our thirst for information.
“You’re always looking at a Blackberry when you’re at a ballgame or the theater. It’s because of the amount of information we have at once.”
West said that he dreams that one day people will watch all their movies like this. I dunno, I think housing seven screens in a home may be difficult for most people, and it would take a lot of dough to rework theaters into the arrangement. But hey, at least he’s experimenting.
Oh, and since he’s a musician – the movie featured a ton music and sound, which actually caused the seats in the theater to vibrate from the amount of bass. THR notes that the audience swayed to the music, which often featured songs from West’s G.O.O.D. album.
Although it’s unlikely most people will ever see Cruel Summer (maybe on his next album?), you can take a look at his 34-minute music video Runaway, which will give you a slight idea of his style. [THR]