Writer’s block is one of the most common problems encountered by writers and other creative artists. There are many reasons, and there are many solutions. Storytelling and film guru Bruno Toussaint presents this entertaining one-night webinar on the topic, as seen through Stanley Kubrick's film "The Shining," in which Jack Nicholson is trapped into a writer's block maze that will lead him to his own death.
What can we learn from Kubrick's (and author Steven King's) approach to writer's block? What does Kubrick's use of Greek and Egyptian mythology teach us? Are the places we go in order to unblock it a blessing or a nightmare ? What shouldn't we "overlook" in our choices? Where are the ghosts that are instrumental in creating writer’s block ? These questions and more will be addressed in Bruno Toussaint’s 90-minute interactive webinar on Thursday, September 17 at 3:00 pm, New York time, 9;00 pm Paris time.
For this 90-minute webinar, we are requesting a $15 donation for the brilliant professor!
Bruno Toussainthas over thirty years of experience teaching film in Paris (University Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris III , Paris VII Denis Diderot, Ecole Supérieur de Réalisation Audiovisuelle, France 3 National Television) and lecturing internationally on the language of film and on sound design, from the UK and Asia to California, where he earned a Masters in Film at San Diego State University and University of California at San Diego. His book Le Langage du Film et de la Television is now in its 2nd edition, and will be translated in English.
“Marvelously brilliant, Professor Toussaint taught a course on the “Mise en Scène of Sound and Images in Film” last spring at Paris VII, engaging Hollywood cinema in an artistic review rarely seen elsewhere. His casual, inviting lecturing style tenders obvious allure, but it's the analysis that really shines through. Ranging from blockbusters like Phone Booth, to art house David Lynch, he's constantly exploring, dissecting, digging deep into the cinematic layered structure to expose the film's skeletal backbone that fosters its unique appeal. I truly had one of my best academic experiences thus far. I highly recommend Professor Toussaint to any lucky enough to find his course.” --Bryan Ellis, Harvard University, 2016
“I found Professor Toussaint’s class captivating! Toussaint's lectures on the strategy and technique of sound and image in cinema were truly enlightening. His teaching was enhanced greatly with pieces of expertise from his work in both analysis and film production. His ability to demonstrate also how powerful sound can be calls to attention his impressive skill and knowledge as a sound designer and filmmaker. Through pertinent examples and explications of the construction of the storytelling in emblematic films, his course, the Mise en Scene of Sound and Images in Film (Paris VII), left me with a much deeper understanding of its complex and capable nature.” --Anne-Marie Trang, The Johns Hopkins University. "Bruno Toussaint distinguishes between people who churn out films and true filmmakers, and it’s what turns his words and thoughts into fascinating analyses. It’s also what makes the man an artist, an artist with faith and conviction in the legitimate value of sound alongside image. He is an artist who speaks from the heart and transmits his sensibilities. And, if we had but a vague notion of the magic of filmic storytelling—for we often reserve its echoes and vibrations in the journey of our subconscious—with Bruno we soon realize that there is a magic wand behind this cinematographic dimension where, through the careful dosing of what is real and what is imaginary, it is possible to breathe soul and humanity into one’s creations. That too is the art of cinema… To give life to our senses, to bring our ears and our eyes to life." --Loïc Bon, actor, screenwriter, director
"Bruno Toussaint captivated our attention. We thoroughly enjoyed his talk on doppelgängers in film, as it was full of references, both cinematographic and cultural, great humor, clear explanations and concrete examples and video excerpts. A brilliant speaker, [...] we plan to call on him again for a future conference." --Dr. Robert-Thierry Ghnassia, Vice President, ANLLF, (Association for French-Language Neurology Professionals)
"Bruno workshop is packed with knowledge from the director’s point of view, with techniques and symbolism that we writers usually don’t think about. I found myself literally the edge of my seat trying to soak up as much of Bruno’s knowledge as possible. Whether you’re a screenwriter, playwright or novelist, I would recommend this workshop to any writer. I know that I left that workshop a better writer and am grateful for the experience. " --Jen Bieser, Scriptwriter
"Bruno Toussaint starts from the premise that cinema is a language with codes we are not aware of. Over the lively and highly enjoyable course, he introduces the codes of image and sound, of which he is an eminent specialist. There is a before and after Bruno Toussaint." --Fabrice Humbert, author and winner of the Prix Renaudot du livre de poche pour L'Origine de la violence, and the Prix Jean-Jacques-Rousseau pour La Fortune de Sila
“Bruno Toussaint totally blew me away. With his technical expertise and brilliant demonstrations, he revealed the magic behind the scenes -- shots we’d watched but never seen, sounds we’d heard but never listened to. Bruno answered all my questions with insightful explanations and clear, concrete examples, for which I am so grateful. As a dubbing translator and editor, I find that all those tips and know-how help me improve my film interpreting skills tremendously. For those interested in cinematography, Bruno Toussaint's is the workshop you don’t want to miss.” --Pichayapat Oramangputtikul, dubbing translator and editor,Thai Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), Thailand .