Film Makers


1. Good Fellers , director, writer, editor, designer etc talk about making the film. Look out for Thelma Schoenmaker talking about cutting before the clinch is closed, the whole process of truncation. Scorcese is the director of Taxi Driver, After Hours, Mean Streets and King of Comedy.

2. Peter Greenaway talks about an alternative approach to the narrative film. To avoid the influence of the19th century novel, and experiment with numbering, sequence and categorisation. The influence on him of the painter Kitaj (who himself is influenced by film).

3. The Indian director Satyajit Ray , who writes, designs and also composes the music for his films talks about his early background in illustration and commercial art and printing. Other graphic designers who took to film include Alfred Hitchcock (titles), Fellini (caricature), and Kurosawa (commercial art).

4. Terry Gilliam talks about being the one Python interested in the image and , as a cartoonist, storyboarding his films.

5 Michael Caine talks about how you act for the filmic medium, part of a fascinating masterclass, where he talks about adjusting movement and expression for the scale of the big screen. Here he talks about how to deliver a speech while drunk, with posture to match.

6. Camerawork and the Steadicam , the invention of a gyroscopically controlled harness for the mobile cameraman has revolutionised the point of view we see in the cinema, from the hand-held camera to the soaring sensation in The Shining. Also gets you to think about movement around your subject, angle of vision, scale etc.

7. Philippe Rousselot , cameraman on Diva talks about colour balance and film.

8. Frank Capra talks about sustaining the action in a film, matching shots and expressions by using 2 even 3 cameras. The importance of not rehearsing the actors, waiting for inspiration in actors.

9. Orson Welles and Citizen Kane , the possibility of learning the basics of film in a short time.