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The annual conference of the Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image (SCSMI) welcomes you to the Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland, June 11th – 14th, 2017

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Wednesday, June 14 • 11:00 - 11:30
SP Helane Rosenberg and Nathaniel Epstein. The Mental Imaging of the Filmmaking Team: How Directors, Cinematographers, and Editors Create, Modify, and Finalize their Filmic Images

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About the Session

In this session, we will discuss the development and piloting of an interview guide that can/will shape our investigation of the ways in which filmmakers use mental imagery in their filmmaking process.  Previously,  our investigations focused on creative and interpretive artists working in other art forms.  We interviewed artists working alone—primarily visual artists.  We also focused on artists working within an ensemble process:  actors and directors, choreographers, and musicians. 

For this first stage of a proposed larger study, we focused primarily on filmmaking students and emerging professionals. (These subjects are working almost independently and they take all the roles: the directors/camera persons/editors of their films.) We explored with these subjects how they use their own storehouse of mental images as important sources for their films.  We discussed visual, kinesthetic, tactile, auditory, and aural images and how each subject retrieved, manipulated, and modified these image.  We also spoke about the essential oscillation between internal image and external transformation. 

Interestingly, at this stage of our investigation, it seems that a large percentage of our subjects do believe that their stored images (retrieved consciously or retrieved through dreaming or meditation) drive their work.  As they are creating their film, they constantly oscillate between the stimulating image and the one they see before them through the camera lens.  As they experiment with the various aspects of the elements of film, they return to the stimulating image to add details.  As they expand their experiences, these young artists hope to work within a team and find other artists who can both respect their process and add to their film. As our work progresses, we intend to interview subjects who are cinematographers and editors. 

We particularly encourage members of filmmaking teams to attend our session and share their ideas about imagery and the filmmaking process.  Our goal is to fine tune our interview guide, begin interviews with professional filmmakers (directors, cinematographers, and editors), and to publish our findings in a series of research-based articles, as well as write a trade book geared more toward the general public.  (The work with actors and directors morphed into a text book entitled Creative Drama and Imagination:  Transforming Ideas into Action that focused on how to use mental imagery in conducting creative drama activities with young people ages six through fourteen. 

Please talk to us at the end of the session if you would like to be interviewed for our book.






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Helane Rosenberg

Associate Professor of Creative Arts, Rutgers University
I am interested in how artists retrieve, manipulate, and transform their mental images into an artistic product. I have researched how visual artists, choreographers, musicians, and actors engage in these processes. For this conference I will report preliminary results of this research... Read More →

Wednesday June 14, 2017 11:00 - 11:30 EEST
A-305 Room, Töölö Campus, Aalto University (3rd floor) Runeberginkatu 14-16, Helsinki