The Orange Tune – Martin Sommerdag

I have been following Martin’s work since a few years now. And his unique perspective on various subjects never fails to intrigue me. And right from the scripting to the choice of subjects to camera angles and movements and to the final look of the film, everything about his film, “The Orange Tune” made me admire his scope as a filmmaker.

The Orange Tune, is not an extravagant feast. It is minimalist on many fronts. But at the same time, it wears that grungy look with pride.

The opening shot of the film, in which you see a girl dressed in orange coming down from a staircase. The staircase is emerging from a strange source of light. I felt the director wanted to signify birth over here. Then the girl starts performing the same action over and over again. Like playing the same song on repeat. The Filmmaker, purposefully changed his angles making the days look a little different from one another. But we know that as the action performed doesn’t change, all the angles are the same.

David Brower, the narrator captures the eerie tone that the film wanted to create very well. The voice over itself puts you in a pensive state and the visuals do the rest of the job quite well.

If I have to criticize the film a bit, I felt the opening credits are too long. Sometimes the audience might lose interest if nothing exciting happens in the first few seconds of the film. Apart from this minor suggestion, I felt the film did it’s job tremendously well. The job of leaving me with some unanswered questions.

The film is weirdly motivational. At the same time it is dark. There is no silver lining. It feels like the film is a warning to all the viewers to stop listening to the same song again and again and change the channel once in a while. Or maybe it is just an experimental film that tries to pull you out of your comfort zone. I don’t know that. But I don’t want to find out. 🙂

“Life is like an old vinyl record and if you don’t change track or melody once in awhile you will feel trapped and maybe go a little crazy. THE ORANGE TUNE is about the danger of daily routines and how hard it is to break free from once comfort zone.” The film description says. And I believe no matter what you do, your life cannot be a cycle. Even if you’re doing a job that is perceived as interesting by the world, you cannot paint the whole picture of your life in monotone.

Life cannot be a box of set rules and perfect corners. It needs to be a playground.

“Insanity is doing the same thing. Over and over again. And expecting things to change.”

This is one of my favourite quotes from the Far Cry franchise. And it always made me wonder about our day to day lives. We keep doing the same thing over and over again. And yet we believe in the fairy tale that tomorrow will be different. But it rarely happens. Do get something that we haven’t achieved before we need to do something that we have not done before. I have been trying to implement this in my life for a long time. And I think, now is the time to stop procrastinating.

Check out Martin’s previous work over here:

TUNGUSKA DIARIES – A Different Take

The Unknown Bunker – Martin Sommerdag

Nolan, If you’re listening

 

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We have discovered you after your Batman trilogy. Saw the visionary that you are through Inception. Then went back in time and stumbled upon your earlier work that left us with nothing but awe and admiration for what you are. A new age writer-director who speaks through his art.

 

We love you for your collaboration with Hans Zimmer. We love you for the spectacle you create with Wally Pfister. We love each carefully crafted snip and those extra few seconds you let us linger on select shots with Lee Smith. But most importantly we love you for your ability to tell a story.

 

Your Bruce Wayne was not just a masked vigilante. He was a lonely lost man trying to make sense of this dark world. Your Dom Cobb was not just a thief. He was a father trying to get back to his children. Your Will Dormer was not just an insomniac. He was a man torn apart by his morals. You are known to create grey characters. And you are damn good at it. But there’s one more thing you’re even better at. That’s creating your negative characters.

 

I believe your movie is only as good as your Villain. And I think your best movie till date (audience choice) The Dark Knight proves my point completely. Then why have you omitted all that we love about you with your latest venture?

 

Dunkirk – is chaos. It is not self sufficient. It does not have it’s own universe like your other films. And despite having its moments, it fails to move the audience. I couldn’t even remember the names of your few lead characters. Didn’t even see the gruesomeness of war. Didn’t feel how fragile life is. I did not know what to take back from Dunkirk.

 

Do you know J J Abrams – The Director of the new Star Trek franchise? For a really long time his name was synonymous to lens flares. Or Michael Bay for that matter. Do you really want your name to be equated with a gimmick that you keep repeating in all your films – Spectacle?

 

Yes your films are full of them and we enjoy them to the core. But your movies should not be a wild compilation of grand shots. We expect more from you.

 

After The Dark Knight Rises, we felt this is one minor bump in your film making journey. Interstellar was flawed on many levels. But Dunkirk marks something ridiculously unexpected.

 

We appreciate you taking on diverse genres. But you must ask yourself, if you are losing your own unique take on your films. We admire you for the work you have done in the past. But don’t expect your audience to return to the theatres based on your past success.

 

Hoping, something worth watching next time.