Saturday, 14 June 2014


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Saturday, 7 June 2014

Final words

DFP course was a really long journey which revealed me how complex the film medium is. After it, I can say that I am able to better understand what the film-making process is. The easiest part of the course was to build an atmosphere for me. On the other hand, it is the story structure for what I was mostly criticized. Thus, I need to be more focused to tell the story more "clearly", lets says better structured. Myself study in future will be training to tell the story by uninflected shots (Eisenstein's theory of montage) and perhaps I will choose the Screen writing course to have more knowledge about story structure.

David Mamet, On Directing Film

It is a great book which helped me to understand Eisenstein's montage theory. The book is a conversation with students and the process when they are building story by images is amazing.

Some notes:
Tell the story by cuts - through a juxtaposition of images that are basically uninflected (page 2). 

The best image is an uninflected image (Eisenstein) - A shot of a teacup. A shot of a spoon. A shot of a pork. A shot of a door. Let the cut tell the story. Because otherwise you have not got dramatic action (page 2).

What does the protagonist want? It is this journey that is going to move the story forward. What does the protagonist want? What does he or she do to get it - that's what keeps the audience in their seats. If you don't have that, you have to trick the audience into paying attention (page 11).

Always do things the least interesting way, and you make better movie (page 20).

In House of Games, when the two guys are fighting about a gun in the doorway and we cut away to a shot of the sidekick, the professor character, looking on, then you hear the gunshot. That is pretty good film-making (page 32).

In the Uses of Enchantment, Bruno Bettelheim says of fairly tales the same thing Alfred Hitchcock said about thrillers: that the less the hero of the play is inflected, identified, and characterized, the more we will endow him with our own internal meaning - the more we will identify with him - which is to say the more we will be assured that we are that hero (page 38).

The job of the film director is to tell the story through the juxtaposition of uninfected images - because that is the essential nature of the medium (page 60).

Audience - They want to see what's happening next (page 62). Interest in a film comes from this: the desire to find out what happens next (page 63).

The way to shoot the car crash is not to stick a guy in the middle of the street and run over him and keep the camera on. The way to shoot the car crash is to shoot the pedestrian walking across the street, shoot the shot of onlooker whose head turns, shoot the shot of a man inside the car who looks up, shoot shot of the guy's foot coming down on the brake pedal, and shoot the shot underneath the car with the set of legs lying at strange angle (with thanks to Pudovkin, for the above). Cut them together , and the audience gets the idea: accident (page 76).

Monday, 19 May 2014

Assigment 4 Re-edited

My tutor recommended me to re-edit the final assignment. His critique was mainly about the narrative and wrong English: I did have some trouble following your narrative and your English subtitles though. Robert also proposed me his structure which I could follow and make the story more clear.
Here is the result:

Robert's comment: It's 100% better.  Quite professional, flows well and you've put the pieces together coherently.  Only a few English errors (during) but these are minor. Well done.

Monday, 17 February 2014

Assignment 4 Constructing a narrative

PDF files: 
Report with preparation notes and critique: Assignment_4_Notes.pdf
Tutor report: Tutor_Report_Assignment4.pdf

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Monday, 28 October 2013

A way to a documentary film by Rudolf Adler

some notions from that book:

A documentarist must know perfectly the subject matter - seeing, experience. (Robert Flaherty - Nanook of the North 1922). The experience is very important. The author's fascination of the subject matter is somehow projected into a form of a documentary. The documentary should evoke the same feeling in audience. It is an essential assumption for an imagination result which should call out catharsis in audience mind (edification, exoneration, relief).

Once an author deeply knows ambient (background) he can structure a theme because the subject matter - seeing reality is not a theme itself. In general, a theme is an author's idea which is formulated on a base of particular observation and experience of subject matter from an artistic point of view. (Robert Flaherty's theme in general: Humanistic theme of human dignity, sociability, solidarity and greatness. Luis Bunuel: His general theme was about human abasement, human dignity humiliation by physical or spiritual affliction etc.)

Both Flaherty and Bunuel fulfil the cathartic process through a strong aesthetic and emotional experience. Besides positive, enjoyable and noble things of the subject matter there should also be those dark, tragic and negative sides of life but it does not mean that the art is negative. (Aristotle and catharsis).

A thematic limitation of art creation within an area of positive life values with a recall on their noble function is a nonsense because the creation loses its philosophy depth and life trueness.

If the theme is an expression of an author's idea in general than the subject is a content concretization.

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Exercise: De-edit a sequence - reconnected shots

I was successful to shorten the cuts mainly in shots where no dialogue was and where I was able to play with non-diegetic or off screen sound.

Shots cut down to the absolute bare minimum: I noticed some of them lost their tempo even the cut works well. Some shots have got feeling that something is missing. I was happy when some information was cut out and in the end it was not missing, e.g. Harry gets a coffee. I was not able to cut down some shots because there was a dialogue.

1. The sequence still conveys the meaning. It is true that it looks somehow shorten and that something is missing. The flow of the story was damaged and there is a feeling that something must be repaired.

2. The feeling here is that something is missing like tempo and flow of story. The cutting is really important to tell the story to be believable. In my shortened version I cut down 30 second from original which is 4 minutes and 30 s long.

3. I think the feeling did not affected the meaning, still we can feel that Harry is an introvert and professional in his work. The mystery atmosphere is still there.

I did not uploaded the sequence because you-tube blocked some of previous sequences due to the rights.