Re: Research question

From: C Keefer (email suppressed)
Date: Wed Jan 20 2010 - 17:50:44 PST

Oskar Fischinger,"True Creation," original title:
"Véritable Creation." Le Cinéma À Knokke-Le-Zoute. 1950: 35-37.

Two relevant quotes from above:

"I worked nine months on a film, Motion Painting No. 1, without ever seeing a piece of it. All I did was check the exposure level of each roll that came back from the lab, so I only saw the film when the first color composite release print was ready. Fortunately, I was relieved to see that all my anxieties about those hundreds of "little technical devils" that could have spoiled so many months' of work were quite unjustified. I was very happy, and felt a deep emotion that I cannot describe -- but it is probably something that others feel on similar occasions."


"...Even the animated film today is on a very low artistic level. It is a mass product of factory proportions, and this, of course, cuts down the creative purity of the work of art. No sensible creative artist could create a sensible work of art if a staff of co-workers of all kinds each has his or her say in the final creation -- producer, story director, story writer, music director, conductor, composer, sound men, gag men, effect men, layout men, background directors, animators, inbetweeners, inkers, cameramen, technicians, publicity directors, managers, box office managers, and many others. They change the ideas, kill the ideas before they are born, prevent ideas from being born, and substitute for the absolute creative motives only cheap ideas to fit the lowest common denominator."

Full text at Fischinger Archive online at: Creation.html

Fischinger Research Pages at:

best regards,
Cindy Keefer
Center for Visual Music

-----Original Message-----
>So yes, I'm looking for any examples where film's "problems" are made
>into a significant issue, whether these problems are characterized as
>impossible to solve and exasperating, or creatively productive and
> I'm just interested in
>tracking the attitudes of filmmakers toward their medium and trying to
>get a sense of the kinds of work this particular attitude ("film is
>hard") has produced.
>Thanks again, and keep the suggestions coming!
>Jonathan Walley
>Asst. Professor of Cinema
>Denison University
>email suppressed

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