Picking Akira Kurosawa’s Brain

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Nathalie from Mentorless breaks down a two hour interview with Akira Kurosawa looking for bits of advice we can apply to our own filmmaking.


“The thing I stress the most to the aspiring directors who often come knocking at my door is this: “It cost a great deal of money to make a film these days, and it’s hard to become a director. You must learn and experience various things to become a director, and it’s not so easily accomplished. But if you genuinely want to make films, then write screenplays.

All you need to write a script is paper and pencil. It’s only through writing scripts that you learn specifics about the structure of film and what cinema is.” That’s what I tell them, but they still won’t write.They find writing too hard. And it is. Writing scripts is a hard job.”

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Part 2

Akira Kurosawa

Kurosawa spent a lot of time in pre-production, making sure everything was ready so his shooting day would go from 9am to 3 pm

Kurosawa didn’t estimate that he spent a great deal of time rehearsing, but he did give precise instructions on what he wanted to the actors as to the type of acting he expected from them.

Kurosawa first used the three camera set-up he became famous for on Seven Samurai for the rain scene, because it was the only way to keep continuity.

After the Seven Samurai, Kurosawa took the habit to shoot each scene with a single take with the three camera set-up.

Not only did it forced the actor to stay natural, but it also turned the energy up on set.

The three camera set-up forced the …read more


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