The Cinephile: An animated pair

Feb. 23, 2011 12:44 am


noun ˈsi-nə-ˌfī(-ə)l

: a devotee of motion pictures, esp. one knowledgeable about the cinema.

Previous episodes:

From screenplay to screen

One student’s “shock”-ing cinema

An animated pair:

Animators Francesca Talenti and Marc Russo know the importance of a single frame of film. There are 15 frames behind every second of their new film Daphne 2.0. Although it took Talenti and Russo a year and a half to finish the film, their painstaking work paid off when they won the best-animated award at the 2010 Carrboro Film Festival.

About the Cinephile:

I recently saw Martin Scorsese’s 1967 student film, The Big Shave. I was amazed to see many of the same elements that would cement his place as the greatest living American director on display in the six-minute short. Here was his love for music and images, frenzied sequencing, rich color and provocative storytelling.

Many student films like The Big Shave are filed away and never seen again. They collect dust on personal websites to be used as bargaining chips for future jobs. Few films deserve this fate. Many deserve wider audiences but never find them.

I don’t believe the power of cinema becomes diluted because of low budgets and technical or storytelling inexperience. With the energy, creativity and passion of student and independent filmmakers, I’ve found that the opposite is true. I hope The Cinephile will be a place for student and independent filmmakers to find their audiences, and I think you’ll find that many of these selections have the power to entertain, provoke and maybe even change your life.

Jonathan Michels, a senior from Winston-Salem, N.C., is a multimedia journalist for the Reese Felts Digital News Project.