Thu, Mar 22, 2012
What inspires the visual and narrative construction of a Scorsese, Yimou, Lynch, Miyazaki, Coen or Dardenne Brothers film?
Whether it is Surrealism and German Expressionism of the 1920s, French Poetic Realism of the 1930s, Italian Neo Realism of the 1940s, the French New Wave and the Italian Renaissance Cinema of the 1950s and 1960s, the New German Cinema of the 1970s or even Dogma 95 Cinema of the late 1990s, European Film Movements have often been cited as focal points to understanding and appreciating the work of our reigning, contemporary masters of cinema.
For most of us, it is easy to find the surrealist impulses in a David Lynch or Tim Burton film. That is easy.
But did you know that the masterworks of Michael Mann, David Fincher, Pedro Almodovar, David Cronenberg, Mike Leigh (to say nothing of Hitchcock, Cassavetes, Kurosawa, and Satyajit Ray), owe a heavy debt of gratitude to French Poetic Realists, the Italian Masters of the '60s, and the New German Cinema artists of the '70s?
What exactly can be said about the current American Independent scene without acknowledging its ties to Neo Realism, the French New Wave and Dogma 95?
And what unearthed the United States’ current “mumblecore” film movement?
In this artistically empowering seminar, Film Consultant Thomas Ethan Harris (former Director of Programming, Los Angeles Film Festival, Palm Springs International Short Film Festival) will define what film movements are, how and why they come to exist and why certain film movements continue to inspire film artists today.
Close attention will be placed on the tenants that define each European Film Movement before boldly demonstrating how these traditions have been so uniquely and creatively embraced and integrated into the work of so many of today’s most acclaimed filmmakers.
Film clips will be used to inspire an open dialogue with the audience.
So join us as we “connect the dots” to discover what exactly inspires contemporary film artists.
Great works of art don’t just happen! They are born from creative inspiration!
To make great cinema is to know what came before!
Our What Inspires An Artist? seminar is another offering to move emerging filmmakers to think more deeply and more creatively about the construction of their images and the necessity of creating a more intricate, complex and personally realized cinema. Moving beyond the most basic forms of cinematic language is essential to having the film career you want. Learning how to effectively embrace and understand the functionality of the primary “visualizing components” of great cinematic construction (the close-up, the long take, mise-en scene, color schemes, film editing styles, sound design, production design, etc.) is critical to establishing yourself in the United State’s crowded film arena.