‘What is it about?’ Often it’s the first question your friends ask when you are enthusiastic about a movie. Without wanting to know all the details, they want to know ‘what kind of story’ it tells. But they hardly ever ask: ‘How does the movie tell its story?’ And if someone asks us this question we find it hard to answer. We concentrated on the story-line, not on the effects of the camera movement, the editing or the soundscape.
How movies tell their story also is much less easy to describe than the story-line. And usually it is not something the director wants us to notice. On the contrary: The director uses all the means at his or her disposal to pull us into the story.
But developing an eye for the ways stories are told can actually make watching movies more fun, and helps us get more out of them.
In this short series Kevin Toma will show several movie scenes, and analyse and discuss them together with the participants. This first evening we will concentrate on the ways stories are told. Join us for an adventurous dive into the endless possibilities of cinema.
This evening is the first of a series of two. Next time, on 20 April, we will dig into the ways cinema can become a sensual experience. How can movies give you a fresh look at the world? How is it possible that you can almost feel or smell certain movies? Both evenings, increasing the fun of watching movies is the main thing.
Kevin Toma (Sittard, 1974) studied Film- and Performance-Studies at Radboud University Nijmegen. He started his career as movie reviewer for De Filmkrant. Starting 2007 he works as a movie reviewer for De Volkskrant.
Furthermore he composes modern music for, and accompanies silent movies. He wrote new scores for and accompanied live among others Sunrise (1927), Häxan (1922) and Berlin, die Sinfonie der Groβstadt (1927).