“Photography is truth. The cinema is truth twenty-four times per second”
(Jean Luc Godard)
Realism is one of the oldest and most influential traditions in cinema, originating in the early days of cinema, in the Lumière Brothers’ films. It is based on films that seemingly succeed in imitating reality without the interpretation or influence of a style. Over the years, many cinematic movements have suggested different interpretations of realism. From Italian neorealism, through Cinéma vérité, to social realism in Britain. All of them share similar characteristics: the use of pre-existing outdoor filming locations, natural light, unprofessional actors, and a story which by no means strives to be fixed to a screenplay. All means are intended to reproduce life, to create a sense of authenticity, and present a so called “objective” view of the world. As part of the workshop, students from the Steve Tisch School of Film and Television at Tel Aviv University created films based on and according to the tradition of realism. They have written, directed, and produced short films that are in line with the spirit of realism, and, at the same time, introduce a fascinating, contemporary dialogue which reflects their creative spirit and the Israeli reality as reflected through their eyes.
Workshop facilitator: Michal Vinik