That right there, ladies and gentleman, is the new short film for THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS: CITY OF ANGELS. Hold onto your feelings. I am completely overwhelmed by The Feels (but what else is new, right?)
I started writing this post immediately after the first time I watched the short film (well, the first time I watched it the whole way through. I’d seen pieces of it before on #VyRTtheMARSbowl when my live stream was awful, but we won’t talk about that because I’m still suffering from PTSD*) I couldn’t finish it though because I wasn’t really sure how to phrase what I wanted to say. I’ve since viewed the film many more times (it’s probably best if we don’t discuss specific numbers :p) and I’m finally ready to finally let The Feels fall from my fingertips.
To put it briefly, this short film fills me with hope. If you haven’t seen it (and seriously, watch it NOW), it’s a collection of interviews spread throughout panoramic and epic shots of the band playing on a rooftop** and wandering
the streets made of desire the streets of Los Angeles. The interviews were conducted by Jared, and
centre around the topics of LA, hopes and dreams. The film features many big
names such as Kanye West, Lindsey Lohan and Olivia Wilde (just to name a few),
but it also features non-famous LA dwellers such as a homeless man named ‘Breeze’
and a Michael Jackson impersonator. Each interviewee provides an interesting
insight into their experiences in the City of Angels (LA) and their views on
dreams and desires. It’s worth watching the short film purely for these
interviews. They are both fascinating and inspiring.
The song is obviously very autobiographical for Jared and Shannon, and Jared has described it as being a ‘love letter to LA’. On the surface it can be viewed as being purely about the city that changed Jared, Shannon and Tomo’s lives, but I believe it’s something more than that. To me – and I’d venture to say to the majority of The Echelon as a whole*** – both the short film and the song are about betting on yourself and following your dreams.
Do you see a trend? This band, you guys. This band.
I guess what I’m trying to say is, watching this short film has once again inspired me to keep fighting for what I believe in…And what I believe in is myself. I believe in myself and my ability as
a writer an author. To be honest it feels so unnatural to type that or even think that,
but Mars are giving me the confidence I need to not only say it but also to begin
to believe it. I can live my dreams. You
can live your dreams. As James Franco says in the short film, no one knows what
lies beyond this life, so we have to make the most of the time we have. You
shouldn’t have to stay in a crappy job you hate with a boss that may in fact be
Satan in disguise /cough/. You need to find the thing you are most passionate
about and then do whatever it takes to make
it happen. Believe in yourself. Bet on yourself. Follow your heart and your
gut, and then…Make your dreams your reality.
TITLE LYRICS: ‘The City Of Angels’ by Thirty Seconds To
*On the day of The Hollywood Bowl (which was being live streamed on VyRT), my Internet decided to have a heart attack and virtually stop working. The memory of my lagging, buffering, skipping live stream still haunts me today. Thankfully I was able to download the Mars Bowl from VyRT, so now I have a PERFECT copy to keep FOREVER <3
[We won’t discuss what
Jared Bart did to that copy :p]
(It’s important to note that the problem was on my end, not with VyRT. The VyRT crew were actually super helpful in trying to fix my issues :3 Thank you, VyRT crew!!)
**The same rooftop where they filmed Kings + Queens, which means that I CAN’T EVEN.
***The Thirty Seconds To Mars ‘fanbase’, for lack of a better word.
Random end note: Can I just say, I LOVE THIS:
I’m SO happy he took credit for directing this one (for those of you who don’t know, Mars short films are usually directed by Bartholomew Cubbins, who is Jared’s alter-ego). It just shows how much it means to him.