Archive for August, 2012

Keanu Reeves and Martin Scorsese contemplate the moving image in Side by Side, directed by Chris Kenneally

The movie Side by Side is opening now, and this will provide a very informative and provocative source of debate, contemplation, and reference for people interested in media arts and the state of creative platforms at this moment in time.  Check out the trailer and seek out further info on this movie directed by Chris Kenneally, produced and narrated by Keanu Reeves, and featuring appearances by numerous acclaimed filmmakers including Martin Scorsese, Steven Soderbergh, Christopher Nolan, James Cameron, and David Fincher.

When creating Moving Images, one of the most challenging areas to consider was how to treat contemporary issues of cinematography and conceptions of light and its capture.  As I mentioned in an earlier post focusing on the work of cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, in the years since the development of this textbook, the majority of Academy Award nominees in cinematography each year have been shot on film.  No matter what the platform for cinematography, the understanding and control of light and color continue to be among the most important skills and concepts for anyone working in movies, whether through digital processes or celluloid.

I can add one personal point: I remain unconvinced by the proclaimed “reign of 3D” by Mr. Cameron and various movie execs during the past few years (and I remember a speech by a Jeffrey Katzenberg a few years ago in which he declared that “all movies will be 3D a decade from now”).  I have found it interesting the degree to which young people — at least the ones I work with — scoff at 3D and time and again tell me that it is rare that they have any desire to see movies in 3D.  Here is a blog from Kristin Thompson and David Bordwell about the topic; as usual, it is engrossing and quite informative.

I will have more to say about these topics in upcoming blogs.

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From Boxes, by Brendan Kirschbaum

Here are two shorts by Brendan Kirschbaum, a student in my media literacy and digital production classes from this past school year.  The first, Boxes, was his final for the fall semester, and the second, Zom, was his final project for the advanced class.  They won awards for Animation and Editing at our 12th Annual Film and Video Festival this past June. Both can be very interesting to use for Chapter 2, Inventions and Origins, for their use of non-dialogue visual communication (or a number of other lessons in Moving Images as well!).

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The Aftermath, or Why I Seem so Tired in the Morning by Jake Peterson

From our 12th Annual Film and Video Festival, here are some award winning shorts  directed and produced in my high school media literacy and production classes by Jake Peterson.  The first, The Aftermath, or Why I Seem so Tired in the Morning, is the short Jake produced for the portrait assignment in Chapter 5: Personal Expression and Studio Production.  Next is a documentary that presents a state championship season of a high school cross-country team: SHS X-Country 2012.   Finally, there is The New Officean entry in the rapidly-developing genre of the mockusitcommockumentary.  Or something like that.  It won a screenwriting award.

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