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What if your most important experiences could live on after you die? By Davina Pardo. Read the story here: http://nyti.ms/2xGyVHK
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The Polaroid Job

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Frankenstein and the Easter Bunny kept my family afloat. By Mike Plante. Read the story here: http://nyti.ms/2h0ZaFH
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How Stanislavski Reinvented the Craft of Acting

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In the 1950s, a wave of “method actors” took Hollywood by storm.

Actors like James Dean, Marlon Brando, and Montgomery Clift, brought a whole new toolset and perspective on the actor’s craft to the films they performed in.

The foundation of their work, however, was laid in Russia more than fifty years prior to their stardom.

Stanislavski’s conception of “psychological realism” in performance challenged ideas about the essential features of the actor’s craft that had been held for centuries.

In theatre before Stanislavski, acting was defined as a craft of vocal and gestural training. The role the actor played was to give life to the emotions of the text in a broad illustrative fashion. Formal categories such as melodrama, opera, vaudeville, and musicals, all played to this notion of the actor as chief representer of dramatic ideas.

Stanislavski’s key insight was in seeing the actor as an experiencer of authentic emotional moments.

Suddenly the craft of performance could be about seeking out a genuine internal experience of the narrative’s emotional journey.

From this foundation, realism in performance began to flourish. This not only changed our fundamental idea of the actor but invited a reinvention of the whole endeavor of telling stories through drama.

Teachers would adopt Stanisvlaski’s methods and ideas and elaborate upon them in American theatre schools. The result, in the 1950s, would be a new wave of actors and a style of acting that emphasized psychological realism to a greater degree than their peers in motion pictures.

This idea of realism grew to dominate our notion of successful performances in cinema. Stanislavskian-realism is now central to the DNA of how we direct and read performances, whether we are conscious of it or not.

I think it is important to know this history and consider its revolutionary character. Understanding the nature of Stanislavski’s insights allows us to look at other unasked questions, other foundational elements of our craft that we might take for granted.



Stanislavski’s books are still fascinating explorations of the craft of performance.

Check them out:

An Actor Prepares: www.goo.gl/8CR551
Building a Character: www.goo.gl/pZR1U4
Creating a Role: www.goo.gl/ato2rZ
The Stanislavsky System: www.goo.gl/JDGkfK



Visual References: A Place in the Sun, A Streetcar Named Desire, Anatomy of a Murder, Baby Doll, Before Sunset, Blue Valentine, Carol, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Daisies, East of Eden, Giant, Grandmother, Kid Auto Races at Venice, Moonlight, On the Waterfront, Somebody Up There Likes Me, Splendor in the Grass, Taxi Driver, The Breaking Point, The Heiress, The Conversation, The Misfits, There Will Be Blood, Twentieth Century, Vaudeville: Early American Entertainment, Wild River



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BLOOD BROTHERS

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DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM. // One night in the life of the Forcados Amadores de Montemor, a bullfighting suicide squad in Portugal. Returning to the biggest arena for the first time without their fallen leader, they must channel his invincible spirit.

In Memory of José Maria Cortes // A Sir.Løin film, with the Grupo de Forcados Amadores de Montemor // Shot and Directed by: Miguel Coimbra and Marco Espírito Santo // Edited by: João Canadinhas // Original Score by: Mikkel Solnado // Grading by: Paulo Inês at Light Film // Special Thanks to: Gonçalo Saúde // Thanks to: Katherine Masters, Tomás Mayer, Take It Easy // (c) Sir.Løin, 2015. ///

Featured on Nowness: https://www.nowness.com/story/blood-brothers
Featured on BooooooomTV: https://tv.booooooom.com/2017/10/16/blood-brothers-miguel-coimbra-marco-espirito-santo/

Festivals & Awards:
Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, France (2015)
Grimstad Norwegian Short Film Festival, Norway (2015)
Art Film Fest – International Film Festival, Slovakia (2015)
Guanajuato International Film Festival, Mexico (2015)
Filmcaravan, Italy (2015)
InVideo International Exhibition of Video and Cinema Beyond, Italy (2015)
Mediterranean Film Festival Split, Croatia (2015)
International Film Festival Message to Man, Russia (2015)
Asiana International Film Festival, Korea (2015)
Vilnius International Short Film Festival, Lithuania (2015)
International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam – IDFA, The Netherlands (2015)
Cinessone European Film Festival, France (2015)
Short Film Day, Portugal (2015)
Mecal International Short Film Festival Barcelona, Spain (2016)
Festival F, Portugal (2016)
Tampere Film Festival, Finland (2016) ***Winner: Best Documentary
International Film Festival Guadalajara, Mexico (2016)
Alcimé Aubagne International Film Festival, France (2016)
Golden Bol Film Festival, Turkey (2016) ***Winner: Best Experimental Film.
Panorama Internacional Coisa de Cinema, Brazil (2016)
Vladivistok International Film Festival of Asian Pacific Countries, Russia (2016)
Split Film Festival – International Festival of New Film, Croatia (2016)
International Short Film Festival in Drama, Greece (2016)
Festival de Cine y Televisión Reino de León, Spain (2016)
Odense International Film Festival, Denmark (2016)
Curtas en Oviedo, Spain (2016)
A Tribute to a Vision – First Crossings, Italy (2019)
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Fish

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A short film shot over four years, FISH is a fiction/documentary hybrid that explores a single mother struggling to raise three small children while clinging to her fading relationship with their father.

2016
Director: Heather Young
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Monster Factory

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In the small town of Paulsboro, New Jersey the religion is pro-wrestling and it’s temple is The Monster Factory. Over the past 30 years, pilgrims of all creeds, colors, shapes and sizes have made their way to this modest, repurposed high school gym, eager to escape the realities of their normal lives to pursue a place within a world of entertainment largely dismissed as fake. Despite what you may believe, one thing is certain – when it comes to the no bullshit, get-it-done training style of owner / head coach Danny ‘Cage’, you can’t fake the blood, sweat, tears, and focus it takes to make dreams come true.

“Monster Factory” is this week’s Staff Pick Premiere! Read more about it here: https://vimeo.com/blog/post/staff-pick-premiere-monster-factory

Director: Tucker Bliss
Producer: William Crouse
Cinematographer: Mikey Van Beuren
Editor: Rhys Stover & Scott Perry
Assistant Editor: Jack Foster
Associate Producer: Chloe Corner
Composer & Sound Design: Zak Engel
Colorist: Mikey Rossiter, The Mill
Starring: The Monster Factory
Production Company: The Big Picture Company
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NIOFAR

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NIOFAR tells the story of a French girl who went to settle in Senegal and meet its inhabitants. In Wolof, Niofiar means “to be together”.

This personal film is a metaphor of the amazing and unique experience lived by Hugo’s brother. He lived for one year at Grand Mbao, a small village of Senegal. There, he shared the day to day life of the villagers, and settled completely. learning the local language, giving himself and investing himself totally to them. Over there we called him the « Sénégaulois” a mix between the words Senegal and the Gauls.

Thanks to Colin, the rushes taken in Grand Mbao have a powerful strength of truth has they have been taken from the closest point you can get of the community. The characters are not disturbed by a foreign presence et forget the camera. The portraits the film depicts are fixed in authentic moments of life.


A story inspired by Colin Lemant

director : Hugo Lemant

Main character : Solaire Moisset
Second character : Gigi Dia
Voice over : Emmanuelle Degeorges

Producer : Gautier Lacaille & Clément Gaucher-Holmann
Production : Ubiquity Films

Sound Designer/ Music Editor/ Mix : Lohengrin Aloys
Colorist: Thomas Canu

Music : “Easy” by Son Lux

Camera : Sony Alpha 7S


AWARDS
– Best Short Documentary – International Monthly Film Festival (Copenhagen, Denmark)
– Best Foreign Documentary – International Monthly Film Festival (Copenhagen, Denmark)
– Best Shot Documentary, Short of the Year (Madrid, Spain)
– Prix TV de la région, Les Clayes du Cinéma (France)
– Winner, Moondance International Film Festival (Boulder, USA)
– Outstanding Cinematography, Autumn Shorts Film Festival, (Somerset, USA)

SELECTIONS
– Best Short – Festival les Ciné-Rencontres (Prades, France)
– Best Short – CongoInternational Filmfestival (Goma, D.R. Congo)
– Best Short – Aab International Film Festival (Punjab, India)

– Best Short Doc – Wales International Doc Fest 2017 (Blackwood, UK)

– Official Selection – Festivak International Du Film Panafricain (Cannes, France)
– Recognition – The West African Film Festival (Houston, USA)
– Best Documentary – Vues d’Afrique (Montréal, Canada)
– African film festival, best documentary short (Dallas, USA)
– Short Doc San Francisco DocFest (San Francisco, USA)
– Short Film for Youth – Timisoara Refugee Art Film Festival (Timișoara, Romania)
– Short Documentary International – Kleinkaap Short Film Festival (Gauteng, South Africa)
– Official Selection – Capital City Black Film Festival, (Austin, USA)
– Official Selection – Espacio Center Festival (Canarias, Spain)
– Official Selection – REC-Filmfestival 2017 (Berlin, Germany)
– Official Selection – Full Bloom Film Festival (Statesville, USA)
– Official Selection – 2017 Buffalo International Film Festival (Buffalo, USA)
– Official Selection – Du Grain à Démoudre (Le Havre, France)
– Official Selection – Atlanta Docufest 2017 (Atlanta, USA)
– Documentary Programme – Kinofilm, Manchester International Short Film Festival (Manchester, UK)
– Official Selection – BIBFF 2017 (Baltimore, USA)
– Category Metissage – Video Hackers Film Festival (Ovada, Italia)
– Official Selection – Little Mexico Film Festival (Chicago, USA)
– Official Selection – International Izmir Short Festival (Izmir, Turkey)
– Official Selection – Up-and-Coming International Film Festival Hannover (Hannover, Germany)
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