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(Response Paper) Understanding Andrew Sarris’ Premises of the Auteur Theory

In response to: The Andrew Sarris essay “Notes on the Auteur Theory in 1962” from the book “Film Theory and Criticism: Introductory Readings” by Leo Braudy and Marshall Cohen A response paper for my Advanced Film Theory and Criticism class American film critic Andrew Sarris’ “Notes on the Auteur Theory in 1962” expressed the concerns about the auteur theory, particularly outside the insights coming from the French thinkers and the film magazine Cahiers du Cinema. Unlike Francois Truffaut in his essay “A Certain Tendency

(Response Paper) The Thrill of the Senses: Pauline Kael’s Wedge Against Andrew Sarris’ Auteur Circles

In response to: The Pauline Kael essay “Circles and Squares” originally published in the journal “Film Quarterly” A response paper for my Advanced Film Theory and Criticism class The doctrine of the auteur as established by American film critic Andrew Sarris was literally lambasted by another American film critic who I think is an “auteur” in her own field – Pauline Kael. Although I didn’t always agree with her insights, being generally fond of the vim and vigor of her writing style and

(Response Paper) The Conundrum in the Stars: Appeasing the Human Mind with Art and Criticism

In response to: “What is Criticism? (A Preliminary Dialogue)” and “The Critic as Artist and Vice Versa” in the book “Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think About Art, Pleasure, Beauty, and Truth” by A. O. Scott A response paper for my Advanced Film Theory and Criticism class After reading “What is Criticism? (A Preliminary Dialogue)” and “The Critic as Artist and Vice Versa” in the book “Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think About Art, Pleasure, Beauty, and Truth,” writer A.O.

Old-school Film Editing Machines: Moviola and Steenbeck

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Before there was film-editing software, there was old-school film editing using the Moviola and the Steenbeck. Before the dawn of non-linear editing suites where filmmakers started using computer software such as Avid, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, and Sony Vegas, editors used the Moviola or the Steenbeck, now referred to as "old school film editing machines." During their times, the use of these editing machines was required for any film shot in 8mm, 16mm, or 35mm film. Prior to the actual

An Epiphany: The issue on the Netflix film ‘Roma’ getting nominations at the Oscars

This decade is the Second Wave of the Digital Revolution in film and TV — It’s time to evolve. I read this post, alongside the many news reports about the 2019 Academy Awards lobbying for the qualification of the Alfonso Cuaron film “Roma,” being a Netflix film with minimal theatrical release: https://www.insidehook.com/article/movies/reality-bite-for-steven-spielberg-netflix-isnt-the-enemy-its-elitism Theory of evolution; survival of the fittest. My take, if you don’t evolve, you risk yourself of dying a natural death that may be way sooner than you expect. The issue

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