Mission Statement
Commerce vs. Art
Film Defined
Film as Literature
The Importance of Theme
Film (mis)Interpretation
Applications of Film
Available Resources

Mission Statement

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The purpose of this website is to provide an understanding of film and an appreciation of film as an art form.  Film has been misunderstood by the general viewing audience (who view it as entertainment), by film reviewers (who have the audacity to criticize artists and their art), and by film instructors (who have invented film “theories” to define a medium which is as simple to understand as literature).  


Film school is the greatest offender.  Style is taught, instead of subtance, as if there were film style.  Listen to the director's audio commentary on video discs, and nothing is stated about the style of a film.  


To repeat: Students of film learn that style is more important than substance.  But when films are created, the filmmaker invariably has emphasized substance or content for the story to be coherent.  And coherency is related to theme which is the focus of the story.


This website respects and honors filmmakers (whether they direct or write for film) by recognizing artists as the conscience of our culture.

     The information in this website should be valuable and useful to all, but sadly and realistically it isn’t.  Too many prefer to be entertained but not enlightened by film which can be an art form.  Feeling is more important tahn thinking.  And this is why, in part, viewers avoid films with bleak endings.  


This website provides just enough information to understand film as art.  An expanded form of the ideas expressed in FilmMessages will appear in a text.  The best text now available which shows the filmmaker-as-artist is The Vision of James Cameron, a comprehensive study of a film genius; since Cameron has only made few films to date, an essay on one of them does not appear in the Film Essay section.  Also available are The Cinema of Billy Wilder and Twilight Zone Stories, exercises in theme.





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