Tegor Pretty useless restrictions, I thought what did any of it have to do with telling a good story? Not surprisingly, he writes beautifully, and these aphoristic koans, surrounded by all that empty white space, are as haunting as anything he captured on film. You can tell very quickly that the practical experience of making a film, the literal nuts and bolts of it, is never far from his mind. Customers who viewed this item also viewed.

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These are notes that Bresson jotted down to himself, pretty much. One thing I am not is a clear thinker. I hope for inspiration from someone so inspired. I feel inspired watching his films. Unfortunately, I think like pulling from the toppermost of my mental soils, seldom going down to the roots or allowing for future harvests. As in, speaking out of my ass. Got plenty of fiber, at least.

Between them and me: telepathic exchanges, divination. This is one of the reasons why I watch so many movies. I wanna feel affirmed, probably. Find some kind of beauty.

At least something not cold. The least fat of the two did get Hilary Duff into The Smiths. A mysterious note in the margins of my book for me to get some self-esteem. Cinematography is writing with images in movement and with sounds. I love that. I so agree! How come Charlie Kaufman is one of the only screenwriters given credit? Maybe it really is like that. How neat. Others become arms to reach I try to remember this one.

Communication is really hard for me. Or palatable. A system does not regulate everything. It is a bait for something. An unsoul crushingly way to look at that. I need to have some sort of organization up there thumping my noggin right now.

My movie is born first in my head, dies on paper; is resuscitated by the living persons and real objects I use, which are killed on film but, placed in a certain order and projected on to a screen, come to life again like flowers in water.

Doing the same action twenty times in rehearsals will lead to doing them without thinking about them. He says stuff about that a lot. John Frusciante made six records in After spending lots of efforts on different takes to get everything as perfect as can be he decided to try just one take for his singing. People could sing his er tune now, what with the surge of auto-tune Does it kill spontaneity? I liked that idea of it coming about again just by getting used to it and no longer thinking about what you are doing.

It is going to get tiresome to keep quoting so much In a mixture of true and false, the true brings out the false, the false hinders belief in the true.

An actor simulating fear of shipwreck on the deck of a real ship battered by a real storm - we believe neither in the actor, nor in the storm. I believe that something can be both true and false. I find it difficult to believe that any thing is all true or all false, if it is emotions. I like to look for little signs, read between the lines Bresson wrote that there should be no music at all, unless instruments seen in the film. I guess Bresson would have seen eye to eye with them on the music, at least.

Pretty useless restrictions, I thought what did any of it have to do with telling a good story? Some might rely on what comes from elsewhere cool soundtracks. I wanna go elsewhere. It isolates your film from the life of your film music delectation. It is a powerful modifier and even destroyer of the real, like alcohol or dope. Two types of film: those that employ the resources of the theatre actors, direction, etc. I see it like real life versus stories. Memories versus stories.

Perspectives versus reality. The closest we can get to seeing how something really happened, not just how we colored it. Of someone else. I wanna know those secret wishes too. It penetrates unaided through the joins ellipses. I just thought this one was awesome. A sound must never come to the rescue of an image, nor an image to the rescue of a sound. Avoid paroxysms anger, terror, etc. That something that is wholly another, even if it is alike.

The different edges of those things are what I look for. From the beings and things of nature, washed clean of all art and especially the art of drama, you will make an art. Your genius is not in the counterfeiting of nature actors, sets , but in your way of choosing and co-coordinating bits taken directly from it by machines. I want those parts. To communicate impressions, sensations. Agony of making sure not to let slip any part of what I merely glimpse, of what I perhaps do not yet see and shall only later be able to see.

Displaying everything condemns cinema to cliche, obliges it to display things as everyone is in the habit of seeing them. Failing which, they would appear false or sham. The real is not dramatic. Drama will be born of a certain march of non-dramatic elements. The BIG moments in life are usually hand in hand with the most dull. Any constant fear can become sameness boring. Any Oprah memoirist might be jealous of fodder from my family history, but it is really same old.

Your film is not made for a stroll with eyes, but for going right into, for being totally absorbed in. The crude real will not by itself yield truth. And the acting and the pretending and the making stuff out of everything and out of nothing. The most ordinary word, when put in its place, suddenly acquires brilliance. That is the brilliance with which your images must shine.

What he said. I wish that I could speak French. This book is probably even better. Not to mention Serge Gainsbourg would be like sex after just masturbating. Try on how someone says something to me, repeat it for between the lines stuff, if they are making fun of me or not. I can recognize and get into the patterns.


Robert Bresson’s Notes on Cinematography

I have given Notes on Cinematography to the people I care about the most. The people who truly love film, love art and love life for all the right reasons. Please do the same. Bresson at this time has completed six of his most well known films and is in the process of shooting Au Hasard Balthazar. Ranging over topics from the inspiration behind his films, to his ideas on the use of sound, actors, editing and music, and the state of the then contemporary cinema from James Bond to the New Wave , Bresson describes his singular approach to filmmaking. Incorporating clips from several of his films, and with a new introduction by Weyergans today, Robert Bresson — Without a Trace is a unique historical record that provides unparalleled insight into the work and ideas of Robert Bresson.


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