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Art history for filmmakers : the art of visual storytelling

Art history for filmmakers : the art of visual storytelling

Author: Gillian McIver; Bloomsbury Publishing.
Publisher: London : Fairchild Books, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gillian McIver; Bloomsbury Publishing.
ISBN: 9781472580658 1472580656 9781472580665 1472580664
OCLC Number: 951371923
Description: 256 s. : il. ; 27 cm
Contents: IntroductionWhat is art history and how does it relate to cinema history?; How is art history useful for filmmakers?; Painting as a record of what the past looked like in the imagination of artists; Painting and the use of visual language; A brief linear (traditional) history of art; Towards an "alternative" history of artChapter 1: Visual Culture and StorytellingNarrative and storytelling in art; Narrative in painting and cinema; Case study: William Hogarth's The Rake's Progress,and Darren Aronofsky's Requiem for a Dream; Exercise; Discussion questions Chapter 2: Creating the Visual - Perspective, Colour and LightingA brief history of perspective; Colour theory and colour psychology; How to use light; Case Study: Rembrandt, and Peter Greenaway's The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover and Nightwatching; Exercise; Discussion questions Chapter 3: Realism in Visual ArtRealism; What is representation?; Art after photography: Modern conceptions of realism in art; Case study: Johannes Vermeer, and Peter Webber's The Girl with the Pearl Earring (DoP Eduardo Serra); Exercise; Discussion questions Chapter 4: Beyond RealismFantasy worlds in cinema and art; Oneiric: The world of dreams; Surrealism; Going beyond the real; Case study: Jack Cardiff (DoP) and A Matter of Life and Death (dir. Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger); Exercise; Discussion questions Chapter 5: Sex and ViolenceSex; Violence; Case study: Caravaggio, and Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver ; Exercise; Discussion questions Chapter 6: Horror From dream to nightmare; Monsters; Case study: Francisco Goya, and Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth and Pacific Rim; Exercise; Discussion questions Chapter 7: LandscapeWhat is landscape painting?; The Western; Case study: Albert Beirstadt, Andrew Wyeth, and Ed Harris's Appaloosa. Exercise; Discussion questions Chapter 8: History and HeroismHistory painting: Victory, virtue, and the hero; Case study: Quentin Tarantino's Diango Unchained and Gainsborough's Blue Boy; Exercise; Discussion questions Chapter 9: Modern MovementsExpressionism; Minimalism; Beyond Western culture; Case study: Katsushika Hokusai and Disney; Cinema as contemporary art; Exercise; Discussion questionsChapter 10: Conclusion - Using art history in film-makingFilm-making roles and art; Case study: Terrence Malick, Nestor Almendros and Andrew Wyeth (Days of Heaven); Case study: Conrad Hall, Sam Mendes and Edward Hopper (Road to Perdition); Case study: Wally Pfister, Christopher Nolan and MC Escher (Inception)
Responsibility: Gillian McIver.


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Excellent integration of art and film. Particularly useful in regard to cinematography and mise en scene. Ideas are well-expressed and illustrated. This text will cause filmmakers to look anew at Read more...

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