Robert Bresson Notes On Cinematography

Robert Bresson “Notes On Cinematography” Part Two

In Part One of Bresson’s seminal book, the director shared his insights into the relation between truth, reality, and film, the differences between cinema and other art, and imagining the movie before it has been made. His ponderings on the cinema art have influenced directors such as Michael Haneke, who seems to be especially interested in Bresson’s examination […]

Robert Bresson Notes on Cinematography

Robert Bresson’s “Notes on Cinematography” Part One

Robert Bresson is one of the main figures of the French New Wave. His movies explore the moral, the just, and the personal, although that’s probably an oversimplification of his works. And if Sergei Eisenstein and Francis Ford Coppola delved into cinema editing, Bresson examined cinema theory (which he referred to as “cinematography.”) Bresson’s cinema […]

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Watch: What Film Editors Do, Coppola about Editing & the Basics of Eisenstein’s Film Montage

Of all the cinematic elements, editing probably stands out as the most peculiar and unique for the film art. True, there is editing in writing, but it is not quite the same. Editing a text is most often the process of ironing out of speling, tyipng punctuation and stylistic errors, the removing of sentences, paragraphs, etc. But […]

Three Poems Jake Houston Harris

Three Poems Jake Houston Harris Interview

Jake Houston Harris is an Australian filmmaker whose short film Three Poems is an experimental narrative “with elements of fantasy and surrealism.” The movie is a 3-part visionary poem that examines universal themes and showcases Australia’s outlandish shores. It won the Audience Award at the Reel Good Film Festival in Melbourne on April 13th, and will screen at […]

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Chris Marker’s La Jetee Analysis: Mortality and the Illusion of Time

Nine years before Hollis Frampton’s Nostalgia and Poetic Justice used still images to examine the question of cinema temporality, Chris Marker composed La Jetee (1962) almost entirely of still shots. Both films share the themes of time, memory, and perception, but unlike Nostalgia which abandons narrative in favor of structure, La Jetee tells an elaborate science […]

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Watch George Brecht’s Entrance to Exit: Cinema’s Structure as Cinema’s Theme

George Brecht was one of the leading artists in the experimental Fluxus movement, which sought to overturn the limits of art.  In his short experimental film Entrance to Exit (1965), the elements of film become the main topic of the film. It is a clever self-reference somewhat similar to Disney’s Get a Horse! where the […]

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Fluxus Film: George Maciunas Manifesto, Avant-Garde, and Anti-Art

The Fluxus art movement was somewhat overshadowed by abstract expressionism and pop art, which seemed to be the more popular movements in the second part of the 20th century. The unifying characteristic of Fluxus is its focus on art’s medium and form, rather than content, narrative, or structure. Just like in Cinematics, which tries to […]

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Watch Cinematics: The short animated history of cinema in 60 seconds

Cinematics is an animated short whose main topic is cinema itself, much like Disney’s short Get a Horse! which takes place in a cinema theater and literally breaks the 4th wall. Cinematics’ self-reference is not as direct and explicit though. It is not as much “self” reference, as it is cinema reference. Cinematics is yet another […]

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Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac Analysis Volume 1 & 2: Brechtian Alienation Effect

Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac is more than the media controversy surrounding it. Sex is not news for Trier’s films, whose Zentropa film company, aside from producing Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt, has also produced female-targeted porn films such as All About Anna, and of course Trier’s Antichrist, in which Charlotte Gainsbourg’s character cut her clitoris with […]

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Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt Analysis: Truth, Lies, and False Memory

Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt (Jagten) follows the story of the kinder garden teacher Lucas (played by Mads Mikkelsen) who is wrongly accused of abusing a little girl. The Hunt, which was nominated for Best Foreign Picture Oscar, deals with truth, lies, and the way they shape reality perception. The movie’s deceptively simple plot examines  the psychological phenomenon false […]

SXSW 2014 Full List of Animated Shorts the alligator by Alexandra Barsky

SXSW Full Lineup List of Animated Shorts 2014, Trailers, Full Films, and More

Thirteen animated shorts will screen at the South by Southwest Film Festival 2014. From Brazil to Australia and New Zealand, the SXSW list of animated shorts blurs geographic and art borders, blending computer-generated animation with stop motion, live action, and hand-drawn films. This is the full list of all animated shorts with trailers. Scroll down […]

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Eric Weihenmayer’s BrainPort: the Blind Climber of Mount Everest Who Sees With His Tongue

Andrew Parker’s Light Switch Theory proposed vision and the eyes were the driving force of the great diversification of species during the Cambrian explosion. According to Lynne Isabell, the complex human vision is one of the reasons for the large human brain and superior intelligence. She postulated the intricate human visual system and the ability […]

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Watch Steve Baker’s The Video Dating Tape of Desmondo Ray: SXSW 2014 Animated Shorts

Steve Baker’s The Video Dating Tape of Desmondo Ray Aged 33 & 3/4 will screen at this year’s SXSW South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas (full list of all animated shorts in the SXSW competition). The animated short is a poignant take on loneliness, thematically reminiscent of Spike Jonze’s Her. The Video Dating […]

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Visual Illusions: The McGurk Effect and How Your Senses Are Lying to You

Andrew Parker established vision as the driving force for the “explosion” of new life forms during the Cambrian period with his Light Switch Theory, which suggested the evolutionary importance of vision was initially the predator-prey relationship. Lynne Isabell proposed humans see better than any other species because of the evolutionary pressure of snakes. She concluded the complex human […]

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Lauren MacMullan’s Get a Horse! : Breaking the Fourth Wall

Disney’s Get a Horse! was one of the nominees for the Best Animated Short Oscar, but it lost to Mr Hublot. The 3D short directed by Lauren MacMullen features Mickey and Mini Mouse in a mixed media of hand-drawn black-and-while animation blended with computer-generated color 3D animation. Get a Horse! is not only a true […]

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Stuff John Frusciante Documentary by Johnny Depp and Gibby Haynes | Happy Birthday, John Frusciante

Today guitarist John Frusciante turns 44. Frusciante, born in New York in 1970, is most well-known as an ex-member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, but his obscure solo career and film projects showcase his talent as an avant-garde artist. Frusciante used to be good friends with actor River Phoenix, and the two even recorded […]

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Waking Life Bed Scene with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy Chapter 5 “Death and Reality”| The Death of the Author

Probably because of the director’s philosophical background, Richard Linklater’s Waking Life explores existentialism, free will, and even the favorite topic the lie of reality. This post, however, will focus only on the bedroom scene with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, both frequent collaborators with Linklater, and its relation to another favorite topic, the death of […]

Oscars 2014 Live Coverage

Jared Leto won the Best Supporting Actor. Catherine Martin of The Great Gatsby won Best Costume Design. Adruitha Lee, Robin Matthews of Dallas Buyers Club won Best Makeup and Hairstyling. Matthews had a $250-budget for makeup. Mr. Hublot won Best Animated Short Film. Frozen won Best Animated Feature Film. Gravity won Best Visual Effects. Karen O performed […]

Oscars 2014 Quotes, Facts, and Trivia

With the Oscars 2014 starting in just a few hours, here is a brief overview of some of this year’s best quotes from the nominated movies. Amy Adams in American Hustle I am being real. This is who I am says Amy Adams’ character (Sydney Prosser) in a scene from American Hustle where she reveals she […]

Dirty Wars Documentary: Richard Rowley and Jeremy Scahill Expose the Dark Side of American Wars

Richard Rowley’s Dirty Wars documentary follows investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill and his revelations about America’s military intervention in Afghanistan, Yemen, and other countries. Scahill investigates American killings of civilians, including pregnant women and children, covered up by the American services, particularly the Joint Special Operations Command, known as JSOC. Dirty Wars, based on Scahill’s book […]