The direct cinema documetarists took their cameras to a situation of tension and waited hopefully for a crisis; the Rouch version of cinema verite tried to precipitate one. The direct cinema artist aspired to to invisibility; the Rouch cinema verite artist was often an avowed participant. The direct cinema artist played the role of uninvolved bystander; the cinema verite artist expoused that of provocateur. Direct cinema fount its truth i events available to the camera. Cinema verite was commited to a paradox: that artificial circumstances could bring hidden truth to the surface.
Eric Barnouw, Documentary: A History of the Non-Fiction Film
jennifer’s body (2009) dir. karyn kusama - a newly possessed high school cheerleader turns into a succubus who specializes in killing her male classmates
a girl walks home alone at night (2014) dir. ana lily amirpour - in the iranian ghost-town Bad City, a place that reeks of death and
loneliness, the townspeople are unaware they are being stalked by a
american psycho (2000) dir. mary harron - a wealthy banking executive hides his alternate
psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he delves deeper
into his violent, hedonistic fantasies
american mary (2012) dir. jen soska - the allure of easy money sends mary mason, a medical student, into the
world of underground surgeries which ends up leaving more marks on her
than her so called “freakish” clients
the rage: carrie 2 (1999) dir. katt shea - a horrible massacre strikes up after an outcast teenage girl is taunted
by a group of high school jocks, all of them unaware of her cutthroat
amer (2009) dir. hélène cattet - three key moments, all of them sensual, define Ana’s life. her
carnal search sways between reality and colored fantasies becoming more
and more oppressive
pet sematary (1989)dir. mary lambert - behind a young family’s home in maine is a terrible secret that holds
the power of life after death. when tragedy strikes, the threat of that
power soon becomes undeniable
the babadook (2014) dir. jennifer kent - a single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles
with her son’s fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon
discovers a sinister presence all around her
the slumber party massacre (1982) dir. amy holden jones - written by feminist writer rita mae jones, a high school student’s slumber party turns terrifying as an escaped man with a drill decides to crash the party
Children of Men: Don’t Ignore the Background - Nerdwriter
A very interesting look at Alfonso Cuarón’s use of camera movement to linger on the background of a scene and his technique of taking references from iconic art pieces and grounding them in the film’s reality. Pay attention to how all of the techniques mentioned serve the story and bring authenticity to the world he creates.
A director is like any other artist: a painter, a poet, a musician. And since it is required from him to contribute his own self, it is strange to see directors that take their work as a special position, given to them by destiny, and simply exploit their profession. That is, they live in one way, but make movies about something else. And I’d like to tell directors, especially young ones, that they should be morally responsible for what they do while making their films. Do you understand? It is the most important of all. Secondly, they should be prepared for the thought that cinema is a very difficult and serious art. It requires sacrificing of yourself. You should belong to it, it shouldn’t belong to you. Cinema uses your life, not vice versa. Therefore, I think that this is the most important: You should sacrifice yourself to the art.
MOONLIGHT director/screenwriter Barry Jenkins, composer Nicholas Britell, and stars Naomie Harris, Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders, and Mahershala Ali discuss the film following a special live orchestra score screening at the Million Dollar Theatre in Los Angeles on Tuesday, January 10, 2017.
A Day in the Life of a Production Assistant - RJFS
Everybody in the film industry starts out as a PA. It’s the perfect position for learning the flow of set and getting a taste of how each department operates. This is a great resource on the responsibilities of a PA. Do these things well and you will easily stand out and quickly get calls for the better paying and more coveted positions.