The first week in this mentorship was very eye opening for me, we are exploring film in a way I never have before. I was a lit major in college and while I knew that there were people who were obsessed with film in the same way, I had never taken the time to learn about it in that way myself.
For me, movies have always been pure entertainment, something I never connected to art, and literature has always been where I (consciously) got my fix of storytelling.
As I got into photography over the last few years, my idea of art and genres that I understand have expanded, but still not in a way that included film.
Of course, as with all things, once you scrape the surface of a subject you realize how very little you know about it. I also think that the movies I love, the ones I have gone back to time and again, those are the ones that tell good stories - or at least tell a story in a way that resonates with me. So reading about all these film styles, the various influences on each of the directors, really got me thinking about why I might like one movie and be completely indifferent to another one.
It makes me realize that I have been pulling more information than I realized from some films (not, I don't think, from the fast and the furious, or those various Jason Statham movies, those will remain purely entertainment), and it makes me wonder why some films stick with me more than others.
For instance, The Man From Nowhere, is a movie we watched 3-4 years ago, my husband barely remembers it, but scenes from it are ingrained in my memory. Why did it resonate so strongly with me? What was it about the way it was filmed/produced that made those scenes stick with me?
As always at the beginning of learning about something I have many questions and very few answers, but I am looking forward to continuing to explore this!