Lights, Camera, TikTok – The New York Times
The smooth reverse shot, which makes it seem like she’s having a conversation with herself, is the kind of editing trick that TikTok makes especially easy. “I chose this scene because it’s relatable and fun,” said Torres, 17, of Greensboro, NC TikTok also makes it easy for people to reuse sounds from another video; Torres’ recording of the “Scott Pilgrim” dialogue has been reused over 600 times. “The one who got even more likes than mine is just a girl who bakes garlic bread.
TikTok has several other features that users who play with or riff on movies can bring into the fold. For example, users can perform “duets” with other videos, creating a split screen effect that combines a new video with an already existing video. It is frequently used as a kind of occasion collaboration, or to produce a two-way conversation.
After @jumpingspider (Eliza Fowl) recorded a video of her playing Maggie Gyllenhaalparticipating in a “Donnie Darko” conversation, @punker_irl (Syd Amelia) jumped in to take on the role of Jake Gyllenhaal. The result is a cohesive scene that comes together in a way that can only be done on TikTok. “When I saw this video I had just dyed my hair black and I love ‘Donnie Darko’ so I thought I was perfect for this role,” said Amelie, a 15 year old. of Kansas City with over 1.5 million subscribers. “I’m an artist, so I like to express myself like that in an artistic way.”
Deep down, TikTok is all about comedy, and many of its best movie videos are designed to be funny. They can get surprisingly complex and really weird, like this delicious video from Stanley erhart, aka @lastmanstanley: A homemade tribute to Ari Asteris bewitching, macabre “Hereditary”, Stanleythe video of reinvents the climactic encounter with a reborn Satan as an altercation with a Chihuahua.
He doesn’t expressly mock or satirize “Hereditary,” but he captures something about the style and tone of this movie, and uses it to create some fresh and fun imagery. effect. Of course, as is typical of TikTok, it happened spontaneously, in a flash of inspiration. “I was watching ‘Hereditary’ on a plane coming home from school, and I absolutely loved it,” he explained. “Plus, I have these two little chihuahuas, and they’re so big and funny. I thought it would be funny if I did something random with them.
The nature of TikTok makes this kind of wonderful, impulsive kind of thing possible. And as the teens continue to experiment, to play with the conventions of cinema, it’s heartwarming to think of what they will come and do outside of the app. For now, much of this stuff is done for fun – but the videos suggest their potential as critics and future filmmakers.