Judge and you will be judged. Peer review.

What is the main component of a successful project? Is it a brilliant idea? The answer is both yes and no.  “Music crosses the ocean” is a short documentary about Chinese orchestra that has a tour to Melbourne.  This film complies with the conditions of the task – being multicultural.  The group has found an…

Eager to listen.

Prompt “Readings” Sound is all around us. It fulfills our life with nuances; it gives us clues of where we are and what surrounds us. Mostly we are passive listeners, who perceive sound as a supplement to the image. Just close your eyes and audio becomes a main source of the information. Noises in cinematography…

Short shots or how to deal with funny mistakes.

Prompt “The expertise (3 shot) edit” Repeating the same action 3 times is not easy at all. Does not matter if we open a door or read a book we cannot do it absolutely identical. We will stand in the different position a little bit closer or further from the door; we will open the…

There is nothing more abstract than the daily life.

Prompt “The abstract edit” I was always wondering how artists see this world. In what colors and shapes do they paint the routine? Or can we say that every single moment is unique?  Framing with a camera is similar to painting on a canvas. First, we chose the object, after we consider the mood, colors,…

“An ordinary miracle”. Symbolism in Russian cinematography.

Prompt “You find a scene” If you ever ask any Russian about filmmaking industry in Russia every single person will give a definite answer that Russian cinematography died with the Soviet Union. It was the golden age of cinema: a number of talented actors and brilliant directors created positive, kind, funny and at the same…

How much is enough? Violence on the screen.

It has always been a mystery for me why people laugh if someone slips on a banana skin. Likewise Elia (Adriano Celentano) in The Taming of the Scoundrel (1980) I dropped tears every time I saw a person being hurt. Friendly comedies violence free are what I am passionate about.  So “MortalCultural Kitchen” is something…

Travis and Betsy, the first dialog. Analyzing the scene.

I am going to talk about a scene in Martin Scorsese’s movie “Taxi driver” (1976). What can spectators see on a screen? Here is a simple dialog that happens between the protagonist and his potential “love interest”. There is a limited amount of actions in the scene – just at the beginning when the taxi…

Make your life easier – save your time with keyboard shortcuts.

Prompt Keyboard shortcuts Occasionally, our muscle memory is stronger than mental memory. I have proved this statement when started using Mac. The basic difference in shortcuts between Mac and Windows is that instead of using control key it is needed to press command key. At the beginning I could not understand why I cannot even…