The scope of film appreciation is vast and nebulous. Traditional film schools spend nearly their entire first semester or more just on understanding films and their historical development. This workshop being of a much shorter duration, will focus only on the essence and aim to achieve a solid understanding of the nature of this medium and its language rather than just skim through each and every topic related to film appreciation.
The workshop will attempt to uncover this essence by analyzing a variety of specially curated films and stepping into the shoes of the filmmaker.
Some of the specially curated films:
- Works of Charles & Ray Eames (Tops, Powers of Ten)
- Works of Norman Mclaren (Neighbors, A Chairy Tale, and more)
- Naked Island – Kaneto Shindo
- Works of Maya Deren
- Works of Bert Haanstra
- Cast Away – Robert Zemeckis
Some films will be analyzed and discussed in more detail than others. If required films may be added or removed from the above list.
Other questions and topics that will be covered briefly:
- The medium that is Cinema: Why and how do movies affect us? How is a film different from other media like novels or plays?
- Why do films exist: why did we invent it?
- The powers and characteristics of Cinema
- The future of cinema: All art forms, be it music, poetry, dance, theatre or even prose, have changed and evolved over the past centuries. But where is cinema heading?
The Workshop will develop organically while maintaining an underlying spine of the nature and language of cinema.