Film Production Theory by Jean-Pierre Geuens PDF

By Jean-Pierre Geuens

ISBN-10: 0585316341

ISBN-13: 9780585316345

ISBN-10: 0791445259

ISBN-13: 9780791445259

ISBN-10: 0791445267

ISBN-13: 9780791445266

Such a lot severe movie books over the last two decades have excited by theoretical concerns, movie background, or movie analyses, leaving creation to the facet. this article, in spite of the fact that, designed for starting movie construction classes, fills that void, commencing the creation approach to pertinent, argumentative notions and incorporating fabric from Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Lyotard, and Derrida, between others. even supposing Geuens covers screenwriting, lighting fixtures, staging, and framing, between different construction concerns, he avoids the strictly vocational or "professional" method of movie educating at the moment utilized to such a lot construction courses.Geuens reevaluates what cinema will be, to restore its complete powers and attend to the secret of the artistic strategy. To counter Hollywood's normative equipment, he indicates taking again from the pros vital notions they've got arrogated for themselves yet infrequently act upon: artistry, ardour, and engagement.

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Today the professionals who read scripts for a living scan the dialogue lines with but a wink toward the rest of the information. IV Whereas Ince's system located the essence of the movies inside the screenplay, the new format, superficially at least, split it between two distinct moments, two discrete labors, the writing and its execution. Once again, superficially, it was up to the director to decide how to stage the action and where to place the camera. Yet, even though screenplays were no longer the exact blueprints of films, deep down, nothing much had changed.

It was still essentially a cinema dominated by the story. The visualization process remained entirely subservient to the drama described by the script. 14 Neither mode of writing concerned itself in the least with the specificity of the visuals: the particular way in which light, composition, staging, motion, even the grain of the film can speak to us each in its own way. For the most part then, the directors' work remained interchangeable, very much like a nonessential, transparent veneer on top of the story material.

Actors were merely pretending to be someone else. They had nothing at stake really. Things were done in general rather than by this person experiencing tonight these particular circumstances. "48 Worse, actors had also become too 43 44 dependent on conventional ideas for the interpretation of their role: what this character is supposed to be like, what this play is reputed to be about. In view of these failures, Konstantin Stanislavski proposed a radical alteration to the typical relation between the actor and the part.

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