QUOTE OF THE DAY: Film

Today’s Hump Day Quote Day theme is Film. You can check out last week’s theme, Ambition, here. The next quote theme will be Ability.

Film. Now here’s a subject I know a little something about. Sometimes I feel like all I do is eat, breathe, and sleep film. Particularly during awards season when I am busy working on a film or television show, then spending all my free time trying to consume all the films in contention, add to that researching and writing about film and production design for this blog- I end up feeling all filmed out. Yesterday I asked myself during a moment of exasperation, “How did this happen? How did this artistic medium swallow me whole?” There are many answers to those questions which I won’t go into here but I will say that when I think about it, I don’t regret any of it. I’d be aloof without it. The thing about cinema is that it is the one form of expression that encompasses all other forms of expression. How could we not fall madly in love with it? So today I am celebrating the passion for film and embracing its hold over me. Below are the quotes I find best describe the power of film.

What is saved in the cinema when it achieves art is a spontaneous continuity with all mankind. It is not an art of the princes or the bourgeoisie. It is popular and vagrant. In the sky of the cinema people learn what they might have been and discover what belongs to them apart from their single lives.

Film as dream, film as music. No form of art goes beyond ordinary consciousness as film does, straight to our emotions, deep into the twilight room of the soul. A little twitch in our optic nerve, a shock effect: twenty-four illuminated frames a second, darkness in between, the optic nerve incapable of registering darkness.

Film is more than the twentieth-century art. It’s another part of the twentieth-century mind. It’s the world seen from inside. We’ve come to a certain point in the history of film. If a thing can be filmed, the film is implied in the thing itself. This is where we are. The twentieth century is on film. You have to ask yourself if there’s anything about us more important than the fact that we’re constantly on film, constantly watching ourselves.

A film is — or should be — more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings.

If I’d have gone to art school, or stayed in anthropology, I probably would have ended up back in film … Mostly I just followed my inner feelings and passions … and kept going to where it got warmer and warmer, until it finally got hot … Everybody has talent. It’s just a matter of moving around until you’ve discovered what it is.

The cinema is not an art which films life: the cinema is something between art and life. Unlike painting and literature, the cinema both gives to life and takes from it, and I try to render this concept in my films. Literature and painting both exist as art from the very start; the cinema doesn’t.


If you work in the film or television industry: What made you want to make films or television? If you don’t work in the industry: Why do you love film? To all: What makes a film great?

Rose Lagace | @artdepartmental

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Rose Lagacé is a production designer for film & television by day and an emerging filmmaker by night. Rose is also the creator and editor of Art Departmental where she celebrates the art and craft of production design.

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