How to: A Midnight Masterclass in Film with Colin MacCabe

What topics are covered by the course?

Film is the greatest of contemporary arts and, even in the digital age, our most popular source of entertainment. Since the end of the First World War it has provided our most important fictions, about individuals and society, as well as faithfully documenting our times: no previous era has been so multifarious; no previous era has been recorded as it was being lived.

Who should attend?

In association with the Derek Jarman Media Lab.

Colin MacCabe is Distinguished Professor of English and Film at the University of Pittsburgh. He is a giant in the fields of film and literary modernism, with his book 'James Joyce and the Revolution of the Word' now considered a classic. In the seventies he was a leading figure on the Screen editorial board; in the eighties he was Head of Production at the British Film Institute, producing films like Derek Jarmanís Caravaggio and Terence Daviesís 'The Long Day Closes'. In the nineties he produced a series on The Century of Cinema working with directors like Scorsese, Godard, Oshima and Frears. Since 2000 he has worked with Isaac Julien and Chris Marker, as well as setting up the Derek Jarman Lab teaching students in the humanities how to think with images.

What will I be able to do on completion?

Outline any key skills the student will have learned or goals achieved on completion of the course.

How will I be assessed?

This evening class will help you to understand better this unprecedented medium of light and sound. The majority of the class will focus on how the great directors create a particular the world for the spectator, using camera angle, the shot, and rhythm, the cut. We will start with Orson Wellesís Touch of Evil and move through examples from Roman Polanskiís Chinatown and Terence Daviesís Distant Voices/Still Lives before looking at contemporary Hollywood David Fincherís The Social Network and the current master of European cinema Michael Hanekeís The White Ribbon. The final part of the class will consider cinema as the great international medium ≠ the only truly global art which offers us unparalleled insight into other cultures and societies.

Venue details:

Name: Gate Picturehouse
Address: 87 Notting Hill Gate
Town: London
Post code: W11 3JZ
Country: United Kingdom

Category: Classes / Courses

Keywords: tilda swinton, godard, scorsese, caravaggio, terence davies, university of pittsburgh, michael haneke, orson welles, david fincher, polanski, media lab, derek jarman, bfi, midnight, Colin MacCabe, how to academy, how to, cinema, media, hollywood, film, masterclass, festival.

Artists / Speakers: Colin MacCabe.

Guide Price: £20

Delivery: Classroom
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Duration: October 05, 2013 at 11:00 pm to12:30 am.

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