September 18, 2020
We can learn a whole lot from the past…even from a time before cameras.
I love artists and art—that might make me snobby. The truth is, I don’t really know much about them. I look at a lot of pictures of art to try and come up with scenes and then use them to jump off into ideas for movies. And I think I drop an Andrew Wyeth reference into half the articles I do on this site.
Anyway, all this is to say, I really value how artists, painters specifically, have influenced filmmakers.
I think we still have a lot to learn, especially with the way they use and direct light.
In this video, Evan Puschak, a.k.a. Nerdwriter, delves into how Italian Baroque painter Caravaggio created light in his work. Give it a watch and let’s talk after the jump!
What Can Filmmakers Learn from Caravaggio, the Master of Light?
As filmmakers, we are always trying to make people lean in, and what better way to get them to do that than engage with them emotionally. We forget that long before we were around, painters and sculptors were the ones capturing human form and stories.