260MC Lecture notes 30th October

For todays lecture we were looking at a film maker who focused on creating moving images from art. This is clearly important for us as we have to do the exact same. So here are some of the notes that I made from the lecture and some of the clips that we watched from different films created by the filmmaker and the artists his was inspired by.

David Lynches films

‘Two things that films have the painting lack in, is movement and sound’

‘Sometimes a picture gives you an idea of what sound should go with it , that’s the place to start’

He started as a student at the Pennsylvania Academy of Arts Philadelphia, and he started to experiment with film in 1977

His influences were Frank Daniel, and the Dean of the Czech school of film.

You should treat your film set like a untreated canvas’

Six men getting sick (1966) David Lynch

‘Francis Bacon is the number one guy, my hero painter’

He focused of capturing movement within a painting, which is something not many people achieved.

Love is the Devil (John Mowbry)

(Blue Velvet) At the start of the film he finds a human ear, this is an important metaphor which backs up what David Lynch believes, which is the fact that a film is 50% movement and 50% sound.

What I take away from todays lecture is how you can turn a picture into a good piece of moving image. Just like an image everything within it has to come into consideration, nothing within it is not thought about, so when creating our peice we have to think about everything within the frame, and the reasoning for it. The shades, the patterns and the props all adds to the short film. Most importantly we have to really look into the painting and go further into, what sounds can we create by looking at the colours and the background he’s in. What sort of lighting we use and the atmosphere the painting gives us, if we can capture all of these things within the piece we are definitely going to be on the right track, to making a good short film.

The mill and the cross is a film that turns a painting into a film with the use of three cinematic devices;

Long shots

depth of field



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