Film schools have nurtured successive generations of cinematic talent over the last three decades. But in the new digital era, do they still have a place? From Paris to Prague, London to Lodz, New York to Los Angeles, film schools sprung up around the globe in the 1960s and helped to revolutionise cinema. Now, recent graduates Fraser MacDonald and Oren Moverman explore the past, present, and future of film education in a series of wide-ranging dialogues with current teachers and celebrated alumni. MacDonald concentrates on the British and European scene and asks whether the recent 'renaissance' in British production owes a debt to the gifted recent graduates of the academies, while Moverman focuses on the famous schools of the American east coast. The volume also includes interviews with gifted new directors Pawel Pawlikowski ("Last Resort"), Francois Ozon ("Water Drops on Burning Rocks"), Bruno Dumont ("L'Humanite"), and Walter Salles ("Central Station"). Plus Peter Weller's diary of working with Michelangelo Antonioni, and a short story of backstage life from Ethan Hawke.
Publisher: Faber & Faber