Live Cinema and Its Techniques

Live Cinema and Its Techniques

Book - 2017
Average Rating:
Rate this:
A guide to a visionary new form of filmmaking discusses how advances in digital technology have made it possible to create a "live" film that can be sent instantly via satellite for viewing around the world.
"Keenly aware that advancements in digital tools have literally revolutionized every technological aspect of cinema over the last twenty-five years, Francis Ford Coppola is convinced that this same transformation will profoundly alter the way films are conceived and directed, bringing changes as momentous as those when moviemaking shifted from the silent era to 'talkies.' Already such a prototype exists in sports, where advanced digital technology and multiple cameras all filming at once have produced live sporting events of extraordinary sophistication. But the time is not far off, Live Cinema and Its Techniques demonstrates, when a director or a collaborative team of filmmakers working across the internet will create 'live' movies that will be sent instantly via satellite for viewing throughout the world. Yet the creative demands posed by airing live sporting contests pale in contrast with the ambitions of 'cinematic auteurs,' who are inspired by great directors like Sergei Eisenstein, Max Ophuls, or Alfred Hitchcock. As daunting as the challenge is, the process of integrating the highest artistic standards of previous generations into the medium of 'live cinema' can, Coppola explains, be achieved. Tapping into his own encyclopedic knowledge of film history, Coppola threads his vision of this burgeoning cinematic medium with autobiographical and historical vignettes gleaned from the past, recalling his own boyhood obsession with film and his early fascination with the 'Golden Age of Television.' Especially exciting is the exhilaration and drama that results from retraining actors and using a multitude of cameras to create a film that has the in-the-moment energy of a live event. Having already tried out this new medium with 'proof-of-concept workshops,' Coppola has created an invaluable guide for students and teachers alike. Filled with discussions of how to rehearse actors, how to choose scenery and location, and how to overcome theatrical, as well as technical, obstacles, Live Cinema and Its Techniques reveals how the spontaneity of this new genre can ultimately transport filmmaking into a new era of creativity still unimaginable today."--Jacket.
Publisher: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W. W. Norton & Company, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781631493669
Branch Call Number: 791.43023 COPPOLA
Characteristics: xiii, 210 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Oct 18, 2017

I had the honor to work in this project as an actress.
I was given the role of Zia Antonietta. Coppola is a great human being and Cinema Maestro. I will treasure for ever this life changing experience. IMDb Paola Perla Cufaro .Facebook page Paola Perla Cufaro


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at SMPL

To Top