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Synopses & Reviews
After graduating from the Beijing Film Academy in 1982, directors like Chen Kaige and Zhang Yimou transformed Chinese cinema with Farewell My Concubine, Yellow Earth, Raise the Red Lantern, and other international successes. Memoirs from the Beijing Film Academy tells the riveting story of this class of 1982, Chinaandrsquo;s famous andquot;Fifth Generationandquot; of filmmakers. It is the first insiderandrsquo;s account of this renowned cohort to appear in English. Covering these directorsandrsquo; formative experiences during Chinaandrsquo;s tumultuous Cultural Revolution and later at the Beijing Film Academy, Ni Zhenandmdash;who was both their screenwriter and teacherandmdash;provides unique insights into the origins of the Fifth Generationandrsquo;s creativity. Drawing on his personal knowledge and interviews conducted especially for this volume, Ni Zhen demonstrates the diversity of the Fifth Generation. He comments on the breadth of styles and themes explored by its members and introduces a range of male and female directors, cinematographers, and production designers famous in China but less well-known internationally. The book contains vivid descriptions of the production processes of two pioneering filmsandmdash;One and Eight and Yellow Earth.
Presents for the first time in English and in-depth account of the origins of China's famous "Fifth Generation" of filmmakers.
Cultivating Film-makers offers a timely consideration of both the history and the current challenges facing practice-based film education. Film schools have been about the cultivation of the film-maker as a cultural activist an artist or even as an intellectual; the fostering of creativity and innovation relevant to particular material, technological and industrial circumstances; and the promotion of the broader social importance of film and television in relation to critical and imaginative engagement, communication and education, representation and self-determination. This book offers a timely consideration of both the history and the current challenges facing practice-based film education, providing both history and provocations for the future of film schools. Written by two long-standing educators in cinema, this is an indispensable read for both film teachers and students alike.
A timely consideration of both the history and the current challenges facing practice-based film training, Educating Film-Makers is the first book to examine the history, impact, and significance of film education in Britain, Europe, and the United States. Film schools, the authors show, have historically focused on the cultivation of the filmmaker as a cultural activist, artist, or intellectual fostering creativity and innovation. But more recently a narrower approach has emerged, placing a new emphasis on technical training for the industry. The authors argue for a more imaginative engagement and understanding of the broader social importance of film and television, suggesting that critical analysis and production should be connected. Examining current concerns facing practice-based film education in the digital era, this book is indispensable for film teachers and students alike.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -223) and index.
About the Author
Ni Zhen is a consultant to the Shanghai Film and TV Company and Visiting Professor at the Shanghai Theater Academy. He was Professor of Art Direction and Professor of Film Theory at the Beijing Film Academy, where he taught from 1980 to 2000. He has written screenplays for films including Raise the Red Lantern and Blush.
Chris Berry is Associate Professor in the Program in Film Studies and the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.
Table of Contents
Note on Authors
Duncan Petrie and Rod Stoneman
Part One: The Development of Film Schools in Europe and North America
Continental Film Schools: A Brief History of the ‘National Conservatoire
American University Film Schools: A Changing Relationship with Hollywood
Part Two: British Film Schools
The ‘Official State Institution: The National Film and Television School
The Private Institution: The London Film School
The Art School: The Royal College of Art
Beyond London: The Struggle for a Scottish Film School
Part Three: Provocations
The Cultural Identity
The Academic and the Creative
The Ethics of the Sign
The Theories We Need
Towards a Different Future
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