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by Brad Stevens
Sun Apr 01, 2007 1:31 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: PRACTICAL FILMMAKING vs AUTEUR THEORY
Replies: 372
Views: 19832

"It's also notable that in the world of scripted television production -- the closest artistic analog to filmmaking -- the directors do not have nearly the degree of influence that a showrunner (producer) or writer has." Exactly! And this why television is so bad - so bland and unambitious...
by Brad Stevens
Sun Apr 01, 2007 12:10 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: PRACTICAL FILMMAKING vs AUTEUR THEORY
Replies: 372
Views: 19832

Josh - "In that case, why do you think they’ve since moved past the auteur theory? You’re trying to prove the earth is flat by pointing to the fact that scientists once believed the earth was flat. They’ve moved on, Brad. Take that step with the rest of us. I promise you won&#...
by Brad Stevens
Sun Apr 01, 2007 10:39 am
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: PRACTICAL FILMMAKING vs AUTEUR THEORY
Replies: 372
Views: 19832

David - "But I'm not certain it proves your position, because a vision is something that offers a superstructure or exoskeleton to the absolutely essential nuts and bolts of a movie: coherent plot, believable characters, etc." Oh come on man! Coherent plot? Believable characters? Is this r...
by Brad Stevens
Sun Apr 01, 2007 10:19 am
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: PRACTICAL FILMMAKING vs AUTEUR THEORY
Replies: 372
Views: 19832

You aren't seeing the forest for the trees My problem is that I'm not seeing the trees for the forest! And really, I'm still sure we must be talking at cross-purposes. You wrote: "Brad, you keep making the same elementary error in logic, over and over: An exception does not prove a rule."...
by Brad Stevens
Sun Apr 01, 2007 10:04 am
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: PRACTICAL FILMMAKING vs AUTEUR THEORY
Replies: 372
Views: 19832

"Odd. I was under the impression that auteurism was first advanced by french film directors." Not at all. They later became directors (excellent directors, which should suggest that they had some idea of what they were talking about), but they advanced the auteur theory long before they mo...
by Brad Stevens
Sun Apr 01, 2007 9:02 am
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: PRACTICAL FILMMAKING vs AUTEUR THEORY
Replies: 372
Views: 19832

"If a film works, it's the director's vision" Yes. Every time. (Bearing in mind your idea of a film that 'works' might be very different from mine.) "but if a film doesn't work, it's because the director couldn't get everyone else around them to cooperate in that vision?" Well, t...
by Brad Stevens
Sun Apr 01, 2007 8:01 am
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: PRACTICAL FILMMAKING vs AUTEUR THEORY
Replies: 372
Views: 19832

Brad, you keep making the same elementary error in logic, over and over: An exception does not prove a rule. I was gonna post something to that effect -- it's actually popped up in this thread, something about, "Well, there's an exception that proves the rule. Exceptions do not prove rules. In...
by Brad Stevens
Sun Apr 01, 2007 7:55 am
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: PRACTICAL FILMMAKING vs AUTEUR THEORY
Replies: 372
Views: 19832

"This was a team effort, much like, in my mind, creating a film is. Yes, the director has a critical role in the film making process, but if the screenwriter, the directory of photography, the costume designer, all the people on the staff do not do their jobs well, then the project may well fai...
by Brad Stevens
Sat Mar 31, 2007 3:26 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: PRACTICAL FILMMAKING vs AUTEUR THEORY
Replies: 372
Views: 19832

"Perhaps those directors WERE the authors of the film. But it's more likely - and keep in mind, Brad, that I speak with the experience of someone who works in this art form, as opposed to someone who just looks at movies - that Arndt's one of those writers who's had the primacy of directors ram...
by Brad Stevens
Sat Mar 31, 2007 1:33 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: PRACTICAL FILMMAKING vs AUTEUR THEORY
Replies: 372
Views: 19832

"Fact: Ferrarra and Hellman had their critical day, and were widely worshipped almost entirely BY hipsters. As with all transient fads, that critical adoration has moved on to whoever the flavor of the weeek is, and they have become increasingly irrelevant." Josh, I suggest that you buy a ...
by Brad Stevens
Sat Mar 31, 2007 11:46 am
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: PRACTICAL FILMMAKING vs AUTEUR THEORY
Replies: 372
Views: 19832

"Brad, you keep making the same elementary error in logic, over and over: An exception does not prove a rule." I assume you mean that an exception does not disprove a rule. Perhaps not. But in the exchange you are referring to, I was the one who was talking about the rule (a rule provided...
by Brad Stevens
Sat Mar 31, 2007 11:07 am
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: PRACTICAL FILMMAKING vs AUTEUR THEORY
Replies: 372
Views: 19832

"Brad, you keep making the same elementary error in logic, over and over: An exception does not prove a rule." I assume you mean that an exception does not disprove a rule. Perhaps not. But in the exchange you are referring to, I was the one who was talking about the rule (a rule provided ...
by Brad Stevens
Sat Mar 31, 2007 8:14 am
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: PRACTICAL FILMMAKING vs AUTEUR THEORY
Replies: 372
Views: 19832

Barber - "Brad - Josh is not rejecting this because it doesn't suit him, he's rejecting it because it isn't correct. Of all the participants in a film, in the best of circumstances the writer and the director are in many ways co-equals." That is not a fact. It's an opinion. It's not a stup...
by Brad Stevens
Sat Mar 31, 2007 5:53 am
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: PRACTICAL FILMMAKING vs AUTEUR THEORY
Replies: 372
Views: 19832

Josh - "You EQUATED them." Yep. "In other words, the screenwriter is just another member of the crew, subservient to the vision of the director." I'm glad to see that you have at least understood what I was saying, even though you reject it. But, as you have pointed out, I know n...
by Brad Stevens
Fri Mar 30, 2007 5:02 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: PRACTICAL FILMMAKING vs AUTEUR THEORY
Replies: 372
Views: 19832

Robochrist - "A perfect example of the need for you to research and learn more about the medium AND the business. One day you'll realize what you said was so absurd. MOST directors today are hired hands. They do shit. More than in any other time they thrive off past accomplishments (hence the e...

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