Notes on Cinema
February 17, 2012 § Leave a comment
Everyday, I am learning new things about cinema.
I am not making films, so writing is the closest I can get to it. Here’s a little memo on the things I learnt this week:
- Do away with labels. There are no fiction or documentary films. Neither are there good or bad films. There is only the closest gesture towards cinema.
- Nobody can steal your ideas.
- The shot is the basic unit of cinema.
- Show me, don’t tell me.
- Humanity over hypocrisy, honesty over hype.
- Don’t be too concerned with story, but dramaturgy is essential.
- A film without music is admirable, but not all of us are geniuses.
- Reach out to basic human emotions – they are also the most universal.
- Strive for emotion within the first few seconds of the film. You must like me, or know that I have something to show you.
- If my film does not move you or make you feel anything, I have failed.
- Nothing is also something.