Thursday, May 03, 2012

Dogme for Drama?

With so much great film and TV coming from Denmark I wonder if we can make a vow of chastity for the stage?  
  1. Filming must be done on location. Props and sets must not be brought in. If a particular prop is necessary for the story, a location must be chosen where this prop is to be found.
  2. The sound must never be produced apart from the images or vice versa. Music must not be used unless it occurs within the scene being filmed, i.e., diegetic.
  3. The camera must be a hand-held camera. Any movement or immobility attainable in the hand is permitted. The film must not take place where the camera is standing; filming must take place where the action takes place.
  4. The film must be in colour. Special lighting is not acceptable (if there is too little light for exposure the scene must be cut or a single lamp be attached to the camera).
  5. Optical work and filters are forbidden.
  6. The film must not contain superficial action (murders, weapons, etc. must not occur.)
  7. Temporal and geographical alienation are forbidden (that is to say that the film takes place here and now).
  8. Genre movies are not acceptable.
  9. The film format must be Academy 35 mm.
  10. The director must not be credited.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Looking for clues

What a time it has been.  Here I am staring at my blog so unloved for some time.   Since the last post we have seen  Kevin Spacey in R3, performed in the grounds of the school during lightening  and  had the wonderful Nose2Nose Theatre group with us[see photo].   But I have red eye and I promised to celebrate ANZac day with some folks.  So I must exit stage left.   I have not even begun to talk about the extraordinary voice of Kimbra.   What would Phillip Larkin say?  “I wouldn't mind seeing China if I could come back the same day.”