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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

FILMMAKERS ON ENGAGING THE AUDIENCE




As with all the arts, it is the relationship between audience and work that sustains the life of the created object, and this truth underlines the importance of the filmmaker and his or her respect for the viewer. The filmmaker should allow the audience to participate in the storytelling, to allow the viewer’s imagination and emotions take part in the film.
Sixteen filmmakers from different parts of the world and different time periods share their insight on how to communicate with the spectator in order to create timeless films. As Stanley Kubrick suggests, when the filmmaker places the viewer in a position of discovery, the thrill of the film goes through the heart.
Read, Learn, and Absorb!
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Steve McQueen
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Stanley Kubrick
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Michael Haneke
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Shane Carruth
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Andrei Tarkovsky
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Sidney Lumet
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Jean-Luc Godard
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Derek Cianfrance
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THERE ARE FILMS MADE TO EXIST AS BOX OFFICE RESULTS FIRST, OR AS REVIEWS FIRST, OR AS EXPRESSION OF THE AUTHOR FIRST. MY FILMS ARE MEANT TO COME TO LIFE IN PEOPLE’S HEADS. THEY ARE INCOMPLETE BEFORE, ACTUALLY THEY ARE MEANT TO BE INCOMPLETE. I SEE THEM LIKE OPEN SYSTEMS THAT NEED TO BE PULLED TOGETHER BY SOMEBODY. THAT SOMEBODY IS EACH AND EVERY SPECTATOR. IN A WAY I THINK OF FILMS THE SAME WAY I LOOKED AT STORIES IN BOOKS, WHEN I WAS LITTLE. I REALIZED VERY EARLY ON THAT THE STORY WAS NOT IN THE WRITTEN WORDS, BUT IN THE SPACE BETWEEN THE LINES. THAT’S WHERE THE REAL READING TOOK PLACE: IN MY IMAGINATION, AND THAT HAPPENED IN ALL THE WHITE BETWEEN THE LETTERS AND THE LINES. AND WHEN I STARTED TO SEE FILMS, I APPROACHED THEM THE SAME WAY. IN FACT THOSE FILMS ALLOWED ME TO PERCEIVE THEM LIKE THAT, THEY WERE ASKING ME TO DREAM MYSELF INTO THEM. THE CLASSIC AMERICAN CINEMA HAS THAT SAME SPECIFIC QUALITY, AND THIS IS ALSO THE GREAT TRADITION OF EUROPEAN CINEMA. I DID NOT INVENT THAT “METHOD.” IT IS AN ENDANGERED PROCESS, THOUGH, THESE DAYS. MORE AND MORE FILMS COME AS “WALL TO WALL” ENTERTAINMENT. WHAT YOU SEE (AND HEAR!) IS WHAT YOU GET. NO MORE SPACE BETWEEN THE FRAMES, SO TO SPEAK. NO CHANCE TO SNEAK IN WITH YOUR IMAGINATION, TO DREAM ON AND TO PROJECT YOUR INNERMOST HOPES OR FEARS OR DESIRES INTO WHAT YOU SEE AND THEREBY PUSHING IT FURTHER. YOU COME OUT OF THE THEATRE AND FEEL STRANGELY EMPTY. FOR TWO HOURS YOU WERE PREVENTED FROM PARTICIPATING. YOU WERE OBLIGED TO “WITNESS” INSTEAD. AND THAT IS THE OPPOSITE TO WHAT YOU CALLED MY “METHOD” WHICH IS IN THE TRUE SENSE OF THE WORD “INTERACTIVE.”
Wim Wenders
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Olivier Assayas
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Christopher Doyle
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John Cassavetes
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Robert Altman
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John Sturges
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Victor Erice
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Andrei Tarkovsky

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