Adding to the growing discussion and concern about the pervasiveness of surveillance and CCTV monitoring, LOOK: The Movie presents an interesting premise. The entire film was created and shot using only security cameras (although it is unclear whether they were actual cameras in operation or if they were planted specifically for the film). The synopsis sounds nearly as compelling the technique,
“Based on the premise that everyone has secrets, LOOK takes us on a voyeuristic journey into the most personal parts of ordinary people’s lives. Everyone is guilty of selective deception. We all hide aspects our lives from those around us. It might be as benign as picking your nose in an empty elevator or perhaps something much darker. LOOK poses the question: Are we always alone when we think we are?”
Besides the questions raised about surveillance and privacy, LOOK also excites me for being a full length film filmed in a non-traditional manner. I love that all it takes to make a movie today is a crap camcorder or a stop motion film or a CCTV. It’s not that these weren’t available before, but it seems that these kitschy and lo-fi means of creating content are becoming acceptable as mainstream artforms (think Michel Gondry’s “The Science of Sleep” or any quality web series).
[CCTV filming isn’t completely novel, it has been used before, but not in such a largely distributed work. Here are the Surveillance Camera Players performing 1984].