Jamie’s Lumiere Minutes (from Edinburgh)

When shooting my Lumiere Minutes, I tried to think about how I could achieve the greatest ‘pregnancy’ of meaning, given the framework. With the first two in particular, I tried to think about how I could use offscreen space, and depth of field, to create the most dynamic frames. I also wanted to counter the…

Space is emotional; Dualities in the long take

We constantly encounter a core sense of duality in films. Events, places, characters, entire storylines are both literal – in that they represent a representation of reality, of something that we are told is happening in a ‘real’ space and time-  and metaphorical, in that they are simultaneously expressive, poetic, and play a role in…

‘Achievability’ in the long take

One of the big issues facing participants in the Understanding Cinema project is the question of achievability. Faced with some of the most astounding feats in cinema – the opening of Touch of Evil, the dizzying thrills of Cuaron, the fluid cinema of Bela Tarr, the Altman-inspired bravado of Paul Thomas Anderson – how can…