October 18, 2007 |
There are lots of reasons to check out Amir Bar-Lev's documentary "My Kid Could Paint That," so I'll just stick to one. It's the story of a little girl called Marla Olmstead, who, due to an unusual but predictable confluence of events, became an international art star. Backlash followed media frenzy (doesn't it always?), and a few months later Marla's father was accused of "coaching" her and Marla was branded a fraud. She was 4 at the time.
August 25, 2005
Question: Why do filmmakers insist on montages? Is it movie shorthand, or laziness? Chocano: To understand the montage of today, you need to go back to its origins. In French, "montage" means editing, but in movie terminology, "montage" refers to a series of short shots edited into a sequence. Since Soviet filmmaker Lev Kuleshov, in his Kuleshov Experiment circa 1920, cut together the same reaction shot of a man's face with images of food, a woman, etc.