Re: cliches

From: Myron Ort (email suppressed)
Date: Sat Jul 26 2008 - 16:02:25 PDT

When I taught filmmaking, one of the first assignments for learning
to use a camera was a long handout list of image category
suggestions, actually it was a "cliche" list, eg. 1)sunlight through
trees, 2) seagulls at the beach,3) girlfriend by the window, 4)
traffic lights at night, etc. etc. Some students would be in shock
because their big vision for their semester project at that point
might have been based on their assumption that such cliche images
would have been an inspired "new idea" they could contribute. Thus
the emphasis was eventually shifted to how they filmed such an image
rather than their thinking that just the idea of shooting such an
image was original. Since I was teaching in an Art Dept. I eventually
got a few students to understand a connection between art seeing and
film camera seeing. It wasn't easy for some reason.


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