In film, one of the biggest projects that I had to undertake this year was the independent study. As part of this assignment I had to write the audio and visual aspects for a documentary that compared 4 films all from different countries. This project is more difficult than it sounds, simply because of the correspondence that is required between the audio and visual components. The following is the rationale for my Independent Study:
While both the British New Wave and Italian Neorealism movements were brief, their thematic and stylistic significance in film history is unquestionable. As means of political comment, and additionally the exploration of topics and ideas previously thought “taboo” or “controversial”, both Italian Neorealism and British New Wave films were created. In this documentary, I will explore some of the significant thematic and stylistic aspects that lend themselves to developing the concept of Social Realism, throughout both of these movements.