Rupaul’s Drag Race and Musical Spectacle: The Narrative Function of Lipsyncs and Finale Numbers In this final lecture, Lord Puttnam discussed music once again, and looked at musical numbers in cinema and the evolution of the film musical, and song and dance onscreen. Taking inspiration from his lecture, I will be discussing a variety of […]Read more "Musicals and Music in Film and Televison"
In this lecture, Lord Puttnam once again covered a large range of topics, including a brief history of documentary on film, the recent spate of biopics and their success, the erosion of the public/private divide and the increased prevalence of info-tainment, and the ubiquitous presence of violence in news media, as well as the desensitization […]Read more "Lecture 7: Fact or Fiction"
Dope, Post-Racial Realness and Political Cinema In this lecture with Lord Puttnam, we explored the impact that music and sound can have on a film, how it can be used to guide or manipulate the audience, and the importance of sound and music in the experience of watching a film. I will be discussing the […]Read more "Lecture 6: Images and Emotions: The Role of Sound and Music"
In this entry, I will be looking at the subject of casting calls, casting controversies and industry opportunities. Lord Puttnam spoke in this lecture about the importance of casting the right actors for the role, and the vital role that casting plays in a film’s success and in helping the audience to invest in the […]Read more "Lecture 5: Casting and Performance"
This week’s lecture discussed the idea of identity and cinema, and how identity is central to film. Lord Puttnam discussed how cinema can be seen as a powerful reflection and representation of identity – personal identity, gender(ed) identity, national identity, generational identity. We discussed the ways in which cinema can be a space in which […]Read more "Lecture 4: Identity and Cinema"
In this lecture, Lord Puttnam discussed the necessity of creative and practical resilience in the film industry, and touched upon the issues of role models, the importance of retaining creative control in an industry where one can be easily taken advantage of, and of giving yourself over entirely to film. I plan to write about […]Read more "Lecture Three: Creative Resilience"
‘…thinking about that small fragment, that little fish, will bring in more’ – David Lynch In this lecture, we discussed where ideas come from when making a film; what environments they emerge from, and ways one can work out the nuances of your ideas and initial feelings about a project. We also discussed how to […]Read more "Lecture Two: Ideas into Action"