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Masterclass 2020

Emotion: Dramaturgy

Neils Pagh Andersen, Denmark

Wednesday, 4 March 2020 | 2 pm

Goethe Institute/Max-Mueller Bhavan

First appeared in Hamburg Dramaturgy, a series of essays by the German dramatist and critic Gotthold Ephraim Lessing written during 1767-69, the term Dramaturgy has been associated with motion pictures since long. From on-stage it has slowly found its profound importance to on-screen as well. In the complex body of contemporary reality storytelling, it has already been in the centre of critical engagement as one of the important formal tools.

Far too often Dramaturgy is used as a mechanical archetype, not engrained in film`s most important power: to tell stories in emotional curves; in between words; frames; in or between the pauses layered with images and sounds.

With the starting point in his own journey, Niels Pagh Andersen, one of the most talked about editors of our time, has been known for his works as a dramaturge and supervising editor. In this masterclass Niels will unfold his universe to touch upon how to regulate the emotional curve in a film and find the precise balance between the plot and the emotional logic the story intends to resonate. He will open up his toolbox from his editing room; furnish his talks with tips, tricks and methods with reference to his own editing works.

The editor’s masterpieces that has bagged several notable awards are The Act of Killing and The Look of Silence both by Joshua Oppenheimer, Palme by Kristina Lindström and Maud Nycander, Concrete Night and The 3 Rooms of Melancholia by Pirjo Honkasalo, Prostitution: Behind The Veil by Nahid Persson, Flying: Confessions of Free Woman by Jennifer Fox and Human Flow by Ai Weiwei.

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