Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Something Cool About Citizen Kane

As I was studying up for today's midterm exam, I came across an interesting factoid while reading about the different kinds of focus. Citizen Kane was Orson Wells' first venture into motion pictures, and it is often said that the film really made Wells love film. As a newcomber to film production, Wells knew nothing about film making, or the deep focus that made the film so memorable. Wells said that all of the innovative film making strategies that he developed came from ignorance of film altogether. In other words, because Wells was trying to develop his own way, he was able to produce new techniques because he did not know what had and had not been done, as well as what strategies were effective/not effective. As we all saw on the first day of class, these strategies were all extremely effective.

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