Live Cinema and Its Techniques

Live Cinema and Its Techniques

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Keenly aware that advancements in digital tools have literally revolutionized every technological aspect of cinema over the last twenty-five years, Francis Ford Coppola is convinced that this same transformation will profoundly alter the way films are conceived and directed, bringing changes as momentous as those when moviemaking shifted from the silent era to "talkies." Already such a prototype exists in sports, where advanced digital technology and multiple cameras all filming at once have produced live sporting events of extraordinary sophistication that are regularly viewed on one's television screen. But the time is not far off, Live Cinema and Its Techniques demonstrates, when a director or a collaborative team of filmmakers working across the internet will create "live" movies that will be sent instantly via satellite for viewing throughout the world.Yet the creative demands posed by airing live sporting contests, as impressive as the final product is, pale in contrast with the ambitions of "cinematic auteurs," who are inspired by great directors, like Serge Eisenstein, Max Ophuls, or Alfred Hitchcock, among many others. As daunting as the challenge is, the process of integrating the highest artistic standards of previous generations into the medium of "live cinema" can, Coppola explains, be achieved, thus creating an entirely new art form for the so-called "screen." Tapping into his own encyclopedic knowledge of twentieth-century film history, Coppola threads his vision of this burgeoning cinematic medium with autobiographical and historical vignettes gleaned from the past, recalling his own boyhood obsession with film and his early fascination with the "Golden Age of Television," when 1950s viewers were treated to live productions of classics, like Days of Wine and Roses and Requiem for a Heavyweight.Especially exciting is the exhilaration and drama that results from retraining actors and using a multitude of cameras to create a film that has the in-the-moment energy of a live event. Having already tried out this new medium with "proof-of-concept workshops" at Oklahoma City Community College and at UCLA, Coppola has created an invaluable guide for students and teachers alike. Filled with discussions of how to rehearse actors, how to choose scenery and location, and how to overcome theatrical, as well as technical, obstacles, Live Cinema and Its Techniques reveals how the spontaneity of this new genre can ultimately transport filmmaking into a new era of creativity still unimaginable today.Featuring chapters on:A Short History of Film and TelevisionThe Actors, Acting, and RehearsalThe Question of Style in the CinemaObstacles and Other Thoughts on Live Cinema No Matter What They May BeEquipment: Now and in the Near Future
Publisher: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W. W. Norton & Company, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781631493669
Branch Call Number: PN1995.9.P7 C62 2017x
Characteristics: xiii, 210 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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JCLAyahA Apr 12, 2018

I wasn't sure what to expect out of this book, but I wasn't disappointed. It's a very human account of Coppola's thoughts and predictions about cinema. As a filmmaker, I was especially inspired by the appendix, where he shares personal notes he took during his live cinema workshops with students. My favorite thing about this book is that you get a real sense of Coppola's personality and character. Although it isn't a chronicle of his career, and it's hard to say who the intended audience is, it's wonderful have a look into the humanity of such an iconic director!

Oct 18, 2017

I had the honor to work in this project as an actress.
I was given the role of Zia Antonietta. Coppola is a great human being and Cinema Maestro. I will treasure for ever this life changing experience. IMDb Paola Perla Cufaro .Facebook page Paola Perla Cufaro


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