The Visual Relationship of Artists and their Craft
Savannah, Georgia: Savannah College of Art and Design
Thesis (M.F.A.) -- Film and Television
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Film and Television
Bibliography: pages 19-21
"The visual styles of documentaries can vary from one film to the next. However, certain aesthetic choices remain consistent within each genre. This thesis explores the use of cinematography to convey the relationship between artists and their craft. Lens choice, composition, and lighting affect how a relationship is portrayed. By analyzing several documentaries, including 'Chef’s Table' (2015) 'Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011), 'Indie Game: The Movie' (2012), 'The Birth of Saké' (2015), and 'Wolvesmouth' (2016), I identify how specific cinematic choices shape an audience’s perception of the relationship between artists and their craft, and I draw attention to decisions that will move the audience in a compelling direction. The visual aspect of this thesis is a short documentary about industrial design student Lotti Zeiler who designs and crafts knives. She is very conscious of how unique she is as one of the youngest knife artisans and as a woman in a largely male-dominated industry. She wants to inspire other women by being a pioneer for female bladesmiths."
Includes the author's film "Sharp," documenting an interview with, and the aesthetics, artisanship, and vision of, a young industrial design student, bladesmith Lotti Zeiler.
Keywords: documentary, cinematography, artisan craft, handmade
CHAIR: Brown, Paul (Bear)
Film and Television
1 text file (thesis) : 21 pages + 1 documentary film (4 min.) : WMV, sound, color
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