Learning about the Art Form of Cinema
Cannes is one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world. CINEMA is simply the shortened term for the prestigious acronym for the prestigious French film institute, a private school in Paris, France. It was established in 1912 as an exclusive film school but soon found its way into other fields of study, such as theatre and photography. These days it has branched out into presenting films to international audiences through the Internet. The school has always boasted a reputation for producing cutting-edge and innovative artists, and this is apparent in the long list of award winning movies that have been shown in Cannes over the decades. In fact, some of the best names in modern cinema have come through CINEMA – Michael Caine, Guy Ritchie, Tom Ford, Russell Brand and Will Smith are just a few of the names on the roster of alumni.
In addition to attending the exclusive film school, aspiring filmmakers can also study film theory at the same time, and many people from across the world find that this part of their education proves extremely useful in bridging the gap between theory and application. Some students even choose to focus on either the visual arts or the technical aspects of filmmaking, depending on what appeals to them personally. For instance, those pursuing a degree in cinema study may choose to specialise in digital media, electronic media or animation. While some filmmakers go on to take more advanced degrees that offer a more comprehensive methodology, others choose to work on independent projects and smaller experimental films. There are even those who make a living from shooting advertising videos for big corporations and earning from small advertisements that are seen in cinema screenings.
Overall, cinema communicates to its viewers on several different levels. Visuals play a very important role in the overall scheme of things, particularly since most movies are set in a relatively naturalistic setting – i.e. the surroundings that we see around us. Music, especially jazz, is often used to support the images, as it lends character and significance to the stories being told. And then of course, acting is a huge part of cinema, providing the characters with more than just simple presence; they have a story as well.