Star Date: 8.14.13
"On August 14, 1945, film director Wim Wenders was born in Düsseldorf. Well, almost. Wenders’ parents wanted to call him Wim, however – despite this being over three months after VE Day – the authorities did not consider this (Dutch) name acceptable for a German baby, so instead he was christened Ernst Wilhelm Wenders. (“Ernst” was the name of his godfather, and “Wilhelm” was the closest Teutonic name to “Wim.”) While his parents were forced to conform, it’s something that Wim himself resisted: in the mid 60s, he dropped out of university to become a painter. He moved to Paris to achieve his dream, and while his quest to get into art school floundered in the City of Lights, he found a home at the Cinemathèque Francaise, where he allegedly watched five movies a day and fell head over heels with film. Returning to Germany, he was accepted into Munich’s newly founded Hochschule für Fernsehen and Film (HFF), and graduated in 1970 with his debut feature, Summer in the City, just completed. Along with Rainer Werner Fassbinder, he was at the forefront of the New German Cinema movement of the 1970s, distinguishing himself with such films as The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick, Alice in the Cities, Kings of the Road and The American Friend, movies which looked at a changing Germany using many of the tropes of American cinema." ~~ Focus Features
Why not be like Wim and resist conformity, too?
And why not start your day learning and thinking about a few questions, such as...
- How did a channel known as American Movie Classics replace HBO and network TV channels as the place to go for top quality entertainment?
- How can you use chance to help and improve your actor's work on the set?
- Speaking of actors, how do some Emmy-nominated actors prepare for their role?
- Between Twitter and Facebook, which is more influential? (one person thinks reddit and 4chan beat them both)
- Is this Russian the next Tarantino?
- What is there to study from Breaking Bad's cinematography?
- What is it like for a director-editor to work with another editor on a film?
- What do you know about the outlaw studio that made Sharknado and is changing Hollywood?
- Back to acting, what are 10 golden rules for acting?
- And while we're at Moviemaker, what are some tips on getting funding through grants?