Monday, February 20, 2012

The Art of Storytelling

During a time where cinema is focused on being bigger and louder than ever before, it's refreshing to come across a film where telling a great story remains at the heart. Directed by Michel Hazanavicius The Artist follows the journey of George Valentin, a silent movie star whose career goes to ruins following the advent of 'talkies'.

As film about the changing nature of storytelling, Hazanavicius stripped the film back to basics, preferring to film The Artist in black and white to 3D; using music to tell the tale in place of dialogue and sound effects. These brave moves paid off with the film striking a powerful chord with audiences, the lack of visual and audible distractions enabling them to become swept away in the story.

Like The King's Speech in 2011, this film uses the fundamentals of story, characters and performance to captivate the audience and engage them in the tale being told. Despite the lack of audible dialogue The Artist takes the audience on an emotional journey, using a well composed musical score and terrific acting to enchant and enthrall.

It appears this return to storytelling is both a hit with both cinema- goers and industry insiders alike, with The Artist scooping up nominations and taking away awards at some of the world’s most prestigious awards shows. Now up for ten Oscars – the second highest of any film this year – The Artist is lining up to become a critical success. The wait is now on to see if great storytelling will prevail at the most prestigious award ceremony of the year held on February 26.


pierrelias said...

Hi Kevin, I am a big fan of you since I have seen you in the cage at P&G geneva some years ago. I am now working in Australia to be part of the Asia-Pacific growth. Visited your superb country last week for a week "treek" through the mileford sound. Being French I have to chear for The Artist. Also I read this article on Ted that you might have seen and appreciate. Take care

chrisMsimon said...

Have not seen The Artist yet, but my sister did & loved. Be interesting at Academy Awards this weekend. Is it not up against pieces like Hugo, The Help & The Descendants? I understand what made TA was superb music design, soundtrack score, funny SFX & in-with-the-in retro 640 X 480 frame size. Actually, one of my fave directors, Duncan Jones, made that cool again last year, or the year before, with Source Code. I think on The Artist, if you add the cute dog & brilliant actors expressions, (which is great acting, after all) these are other simple reasons it worked. Story telling at its simplest or most Duncan Jones’ convoluted, remains intrinsic for any video, even if it has amazing VFX, do your readers not think? I do hope The Artist does not yield a whole range of silent movie copy-cats; but, of course, it will. Meantime I do look forward to seeing & supporting it. Best to you Kevin & all on your blog.