March 19, 2015 at 1:01PM


Berlin Directors Group - Cahiers de Cinema

Dear Film-Directors,

I am starting up a film dialogue class in Berlin for mutual learning, no money involved.

We are meeting on a a weekly basis. Ready to dive into the depth of what interests you in film? The idea is as follows:

For a director it is really important to be able to communicate clearly what you like or dislike and why. As the whole process of your filmmaking is in contact with other people it is nothing less than essential to be able to have a constructive dialogue about film. For the crew to be able to provide their biggest gifts they need to know what you are looking for. So you need to know what you are looking for and be able to argue clearly why you like this. As a practice to create a conscious understanding of what we like in film and to practice being able to communicate these idea's clearly i would like to have a Critical Film Dialogue group.

In which everybody pick's a film he or she likes, and every week we would discuss one of those films. Everybody prepares a presentation for every movie in which they give answer to the following questions.

A) Wat is your perception of the filmmakers idea?
B) In what way did the filmmaker use his filmmaking tools to communicate this idea?
C) What is your subjective opinion about this idea?
D) What is your subjective opinion about the way filmmaking tools were used?

The rest reflects on your presentation in two ways.

- First of all, what did we understand of the presentation? Why did we get to this understanding of the presentation?

- And second, personal views on the answers the presentator gave to these questions.

Watching the film and analyzing it would be homework.

I think this weekly meeting can be hugely beneficial for getting to know what you like in film and being able to communicate clearly why you like it. Good assets for your voice as a director.

If you are ambitious about your filmmaking and interested in joining this group, send me a mail.

Hope to hear from you!


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I think this is a brilliant idea, if I only lived closer to Berlin I would definitely be interested in joining this group!

March 20, 2015 at 11:15AM


Bay Area chapter?

March 20, 2015 at 8:05PM

Ross Thomas

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