I got around to finally watching LA LA Land. Despite it being a few years old, I honestly didn’t know what to expect.
From the first scene I was mesmerised. The colours, the lighting, the choreography, the music, it was a feast of the senses and definitely among in my top 5 or 10 opening scenes* from movies.
The cinematography alone carries most of the movie, you don’t even need much dialogue for it to speak to you.
It reminded me of the true power of storytelling and conveying a message. We have access to so many tools these days, anyone can pick up a camera and shoot something, but to create something truly engaging and memorable is a skill your 4k camera won’t be able to solve. I guess the link to security is that, as an industry we rely heavily on words, policies, standards, documents, regulations… none of those are wrong, but do they actually convey the message in an engaging way?
It’s the conclusion that my friend Ed Tucker came to long ago.
You can delve into more of what Ed said and what others said about communications in my report “The Department of No” which kind of touches on this subject.
Conclusion: I loved LA LA Land, don’t @ me!
* Other movies with top opening scenes that come to mind (in no particular order)
- Gravity (especially in iMax)
- Lord of war (life of a bullet)
- The Dark Knight
- Saving Private Ryan (D-day landing)