Language of Film
Artis—Naples Lifelong Learning
Andrew J. Douglas, Ph.D., Senior Director, Education and Administration, Bryn Mawr Film Institute
Cinematography is an intriguing mixture of beauty and technology, of art and craft. Both the creative and technical facets of this expressive form will be discussed, using clips from such films as The Wizard of Oz (1939), Citizen Kane (1941) and North by Northwest (1959), among many others. Whether subtle or dynamic, filmmakers’ cinematographic choices are often meaningful, and we will discuss some of the ways the camera helps tell the story.
This presentation is part of Andrew Douglas's Language of Film series.
Andrew Douglas, Ph.D., is the founding director of education at Bryn Mawr Film Institute, having joined the organization in July 2005, four months after its opening. He also educates thousands of students about film each year through classroom visits and during field trips to BMFI, and he presents film lectures and programs to thousands of adults at a range of institutions and organizations in the region.
In addition to teaching at University of North Carolina and Northwestern University, Douglas has been a visiting assistant professor at Whitman College in Washington and a member of the adjunct faculty at Dominican University outside of Chicago. He has also been a lecturer in the Department of English at Cabrini College and in the Film Studies Program at Ursinus College.
Douglas greatly enjoys the films of Alfred Hitchcock, David Fincher, David Mamet and Michael Mann, and he counts among his all-time favorites The Awful Truth (1937), Strangers on a Train (1951), The Untouchables (1987), The Last of the Mohicans (1992), The Fugitive (1993) and The Social Network (2010). He has held a real Oscar, been used as an excuse for his grandmother to meet Robert Redford and was dressed down by Harrison Ford, whom Douglas still thinks is America’s greatest living movie star.