Re: Teaching film [Was: Experimental films showing at various Universities]

From: Tom B Whiteside (email suppressed)
Date: Wed Dec 03 2008 - 08:14:38 PST

One thing to keep in mind is that the study of experimental film - its
history, its methods - is the study of the exploratory edge of motion
pictures. How has this language developed over the last 110 years, what
were the innovations at different points in time, how have they been
received, what does it mean in different cultural settings? Without
question, motion pictures are important in many different fields -
politics, medicine, and yes, video games and other kinds of storytelling.
It probably doesn't matter what field that young person enters, there will
probably be one portion of that field where understanding how to be
creative in motion pictures will be important. And this understanding
begins with the study of framing, camera movement, editing, sound/image
interaction, etc etc.

In my lifetime, the influence of experimental film on mainstream media has
been tremendous. This will continue for quite some time.

        - Whiteside North Carolina

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