Alex Mendez Giner Guest Speaker in Panama
Updated: Mar 12
Between February 27 and March 3, I traveled to the Republic of Panama at the invitation of the Minister of Culture, Giselle González Villarué, and the National Director of Panama's Film Commission (DICINE), Sheila González. The objective of my visit was to introduce a new generation of filmmakers in the art of scriptwriting and to share my recent research on the use of cinematography tools to analyze and interpret chiaroscuro effects in painting with a lecture called Imaginary Shadows.
The scriptwriting workshop focused on understanding and analyzing narrative structure, character creation, narrative functions, format, copyright, and pitch, providing a conceptual and organizational framework to begin writing a screenplay. The workshop was attended by recent film graduates and other visual arts professionals interested in the area.
Imaginary Shadows, my most recent research project, focuses on Caravaggio's work from the Cinematographer's perspective. In my process, I use filmmaker's tools and concepts such as framing, mise-en-scene, color space, color bit-depth and linear and logarithmic gammas, to analyze Caravaggio's paintings and use my findings in the film set. I shared this research with film, photo, and studio arts students from Ganexa Art University and the Metropolitan University (UMECIT).
Finally, I had an exciting coaching session with Andres Alveo, Coordinator of the Mobile Short Film Workshop on Film and Ecology, a youth-oriented workshop sponsored by the National Film Office and the Minister of Culture. We discussed teaching strategies, learning outcomes and class format to strengthen the learning experience of a new generation of filmmakers.
Thank you to the Minister of Culture of Panama, Giselle González Villarué, Sheila González, National Director of Panama's Film Commission (DICINE) and the beautiful people of Panama for the warm welcome and the outstanding opportunity to share my knowledge and experience with you all.
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