15 March 2017

This blog is not about ‘Art’ nor about ‘Science’. However, I could not write it without using both terms.

In yesterday’s inspiring lecture, we discussed ‘Realism’ in a ‘Digital Age’. Perhaps the most interesting conclusion the discussion came to is the importance of realism in film-making, even in an age that the technology is dictating how film-making develops.

Filmmaking is about reflecting reality in a fantastic way, or reversing that concept by reflecting a fantasy in a realistic way or at least make it believable. That is why some call it the ‘Art of Make-believe’.

Technology is very much serving those purposes now more than ever before and will more likely continue enhancing that concept. It also, ironically helps raising the ceiling of ‘Realism’ for those who develop the concept.


The discussion has concentrated broadly and in a very engaging way on the technical side of Realism and its effects. That made me wonder about the role of ‘Script Writing’ in all that. The script/screenplay is where the desire and the demand for the technical assistance is initiated, stated and acquired in the first place. It is where the written fantasy equally requires a fantastic vision and technical visualisation to bring it to reality. A fantasy build on a fantasy to convey the unreal as real. I could only see this as if the ‘Theme’ needs the technology to have a ‘Premise’ that delivers the ‘Plot’.

Writing for cinema is an ‘Art Form’ that desperately needs ‘Science’ to develop in every way, element, concept and stage. It needs a ‘Scientific Art’ to complement its advancement.

Ah. One more thing; Ozlem is awesome

One thought on “SCIENTIFIC ART

  1. To think about changing ways of telling stories and asking questions about script writing are excellent ways of entering into this otherwise wide discussion. But why not force yourself further? Is it only films like AVATAR that this kind of technology can lead to? Could we possibly talk about directors such as Lav Diaz if it was not for the available technology and then way it colours our perception?
    Also you might want to follow the research here:
    P.S: Thank you so much for the kind words.


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