Mark Cousins | Masterclass | October 2012

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Mark Cousins | Masterclass | October 2012

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Mark Cousins an Irish director and occasional presenter/critic on film. He is a native of Ulster. He interviewed famous filmmakers such as David Lynch, Martin Scorsese and Roman Polanski in the TV series 'Scene by Scene.'
His 2011 film 'The Story of Film: An Odyssey' was broadcast as 15 one-hour television episodes on More4 and later featured at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.

One of Marks recent feature documentaries 'What Is This Film Called Love?' Together with Sergei Eisenstein, his imaginary companion on a walking tour of Mexico City, Mark Cousins contemplates historical


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Mark Cousins an Irish director and occasional presenter/critic on film. He is a native of Ulster. He interviewed famous filmmakers such as David Lynch, Martin Scorsese and Roman Polanski in the TV series 'Scene by Scene.'
His 2011 film 'The Story of Film: An Odyssey' was broadcast as 15 one-hour television episodes on More4 and later featured at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.

One of Marks recent feature documentaries 'What Is This Film Called Love?' Together with Sergei Eisenstein, his imaginary companion on a walking tour of Mexico City, Mark Cousins contemplates historical change, shot composition, and his own identity. After the mammoth effort of 'The Story of Film: An Odyssey', Cousins felt the need to make a very different kind of film.

“It’s an ad lib. It was made on three days off, as a response to the six years of making 'The Story of Film', for fun, to do something emotional and a bit sad. Its main subject is walking and being alone!” (Mark Cousins)

Part 1
Mark talks about the importance of simply holding the shot & just looking.

Part 2
Mark asks: Will anybody be interested?

Part 3
Mark discusses editing with cards.

Part 4
Mark talks about the 'Essay Film' & cinematic thought.

Part 5
Mark talks about confidence.

Part 6
Mark comments on Situationism.

Part 7
Mark hammers home the importance of looking in a frame & two minute shots

Part 8
Mark talks about not aiming for a wide audience.

Part 9
Mark tells us about the most memorable day of his life and asks “does a camera detaches you from the moment?”

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