Decades ago, Princeton professor P. Adams Sitney first integrated these lessons into his work on cinematic history and its hidden lessons, along with adventures in the Avant-Garde. Check out the embedded video above and your eyes (and mind) may be opened a bit more.
Speaking of dispelling illusions, here is a related recommendation — Race: The Power of an Illusion is an exceptional documentary referenced in Moving Images and which explores the complex story of what we call “race” in America. You can learn more about it here.
Posted in Chapter 4, Chapter 6 | Tagged Avant-Garde, Cinematography, Color, Color Film and Racism, P. Adams Sitney, Race: The Power of an Illusion | Leave a Comment »
In our series of posts about Women Pioneers of the Cinema, a few years ago we highlighted the work of one of the most important filmmakers in movie history: Alice Guy Blaché. For some further information about this groundbreaking creator and studio head, you can check out this brief piece with video links from Open Culture. Or, you can go straight to this short but informative video. It is titled “The First Woman Filmmaker Nobody’s Heard Of” — well, that might be the case unless you learned about filmmaking and media literacy from Moving Images and mediateacher.net.
And do you want an exciting piece of news? There is a documentary in the works about this inspiring pioneer: Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché, directed by Pamela B. Green.
Posted in Chapter 2, Chapter 5, Women Mediamakers | Tagged Alice Guy Blaché, Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché, Open Culture, Pamela B. Green | Leave a Comment »
A moviemaker who blazed many trails, some of which that led to false paths and others that seemed to meander through Indiana Jones-styled jungle thickets or lost treasure labyrinths, Orson Welles continues to provide many lessons to directors, editors, sound designers, and everyone else involved in moving image creation. Here is a highly recommended article on a lesser-known ahead-of-its-time innovation in his work: the video essay, as seen in F for Fake. And the tale of rediscovering and rebuilding one of his “lost temples” of filmmaking (which was reported on in this blog a couple of years ago)— The Other Side of the Wind — goes on. In a perfect 21st century twist worthy of the director of Citizen Kane, Netflix is the studio that has stepped in to finance this elusive, decades-old project through to fruition.
Posted in Chapter 5, Chapter 6 | Tagged Citizen Kane, Colin Marshall, F for Fake, Netflix, Orson Welles, The Other Side of the Wind, Video Essay | Leave a Comment »
Each year, mediateacher posts pieces that discuss Oscar nominees or winners — often focusing on those under-the-radar treats: animated, live action, and documentary shorts — and today will emphasize a standout category from this year: animated feature film. The lineup of movies nominated in animation highlights a strikingly diverse quintet of movies, including two foreign selections, the French-language My Life as a Zucchini and non-dialogue The Red Turtle; along with a new stop-motion treasure from Laika studios, Kubo and the Two Strings; and two thought-provoking, delightfully spirited Disney CG offerings, Zootopia (discussed in this earlier post) and Moana.
Interestingly, of the three movies, a majority are animated using (relatively) old-school techniques — drawn, 2D animation and figure-based stop motion. Yet again, when it appears that digital advances will steer moviemaking in a particular direction by making things “easier” for craftspeople or “more realistic” for viewers, such as with CG-based animation, filmmakers will return to — and reinvigorate or sometimes reinvent — traditional techniques that help them to communicate the most meaningful and emotionally vibrant expression of their stories.
Posted in Animation | Tagged Academy Awards 2017, Animated Feature Film, CG Animation, Kubo and the Two Strings, Moana, My Life as a Zucchini, Oscars, Stop-motion, The Red Turtle, Zootopia | Leave a Comment »
Arthur as a title has two great distinctions. (Yes, and a big Dudley Moore hit from a few decades ago. Kinda funny. But odd, for sure.) First, George Harrison’s inimitable punch line to “What do you call this haircut?” in the groundbreaking Richard Lester masterwork and Beatles-style celebration of life and music-making A Hard Day’s Night.
And next, what is easily in the Top 5 of best-ever kids’ TV shows (and really one of the best of any shows): Arthur. Yup, the kids animated show. Endlessly inventive, quirky, character-driven, wittily subversive and provocative, gentle, inspiring, dramatically solid, and consistently brilliant, Arthur is a treasure of children’s programming. You want a major lesson in Media Literacy? — check out The Love Ducks from the episode That’s a Baby Show!
So this recent piece by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert featuring his musical collaborator Jon Batiste and some special guests was a real treat. Enjoy!
Posted in Media Literacy | Tagged A Hard Day's Night, Arthur, George Harrison, Jon Batiste, PBS Kids, Richard Lester, Stephen Colbert, The Late Show, The Love Ducks | Leave a Comment »