Pure Cinema Celluloid


MR. LEV KULESHOV Russian montagist, inventor of the famous "Kuleshov Effect"
Film editing is my greatest love and interest in cinema, even more than camerawork and sound design. I love the power of the cut and what can be done with montage. It really is the most unique and essential quality of cinema in my opinion. I'm very much inspired by the great Soviet montage filmmakers of the 1920s and 30s, like Dziga Vertov, Lev Kuleshov, Sergei Eisentstein, and Vsevolod Pudovkin. The Kuleshov Effect '(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuleshov_effectis awesome! It has inspired so many filmmakers like Slavko Vorkapich, Alfred Hitchcock, Arthur Lipsett, Stanley Kubrick, Phil Solomon, George Lucas, Martin Scorsese, Stan Brakhage, Oliver Stone, Carlos Reygadas, Kyle Cooper, Brian De Palma, Bruce Conner, Francis Coppola, Bryan Singer, and it keeps on inspiring new filmmakers like myself to this day! I believe it was a great experiment that demonstrated the true power of Pure Cinema. One of my favorite movies is Ron Fricke's "Baraka" and I don't know if Mr. Fricke has been inspired by the Soviet montagists and by the Kuleshov Effect but he definitely utilized the technique brilliantly in "Baraka". 

I love to use the Kuleshov effect in a less literal and less anthropormorphic way. In my 16mm abstract movie "Palms" I don't use the human face and I don't use the point of view of any character. "Palms" is a purely cinematic non-story non-character driven film and I love using the Kuleshov montage technique in an even more abstract way. I know that it has been used by many mainstream commercial filmmakers to tell stories and to show what characters see but I love how it is used in a non-psychological non-narrative way in abstract films like "21-87", "Koyaanisqatsi", "A MOVIE", "Dog Star Man", and George Lucas's abstract 16mm movies from the 1960s.