CineVegas – Thoughts on Directors

A Point of View, Film, Movies | | June 15, 2007 at 15:45

CineVegas is a wild smorgasbord of the sweet, sour and spicy flavors of the human condition served up from the imagination of the director’s mind. To create a film, long or short, to journey from concept to final cut, to choose one story out of billions of possibilities is such an amazing feat. It requires tenacity, focus and concentrated vision. There is rarely enough money in independent film production to do what you need, much less when you want.

Creativity takes on a whole new meaning. Never mind the challenge of transfer of idea to manifested image, how are you going to pay for it? What a treat to see and meet these great new directors, male and female, who have gone against all odds to arrive at the festival and bare their souls on the big screen. What a delight to sit with an audience eager to be awakened by a story never before told. How immensely satisfying to applaud as the credits begin to roll. What pleasure to experience the Q&A and hear the creators share how they came to tell their chosen tale. It’s the most ancient of arts, this story telling. It progresses through history from long tales around the fire, through formalized theatre, on to elaborate and complex literature and finally arrives at the magic of film. 

These directors are the most modern of story-tellers. Moving images, musical score, special effects, panoramic shots and tight close-ups – there are a myriad of devises to enhance the narrative. But in the end, it all comes down to the director’s story and his ability to seize the audience and draw them into his film, to lead them step-by step through his own personal odyssey. 

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