Tartudok2024 invites renowned filmmakers-in-residence to conduct creative masterclasses for the Estonian film industry. These masterclasses will open a window into these filmmakers’ creative principles, working methods and styles of storytelling. Our next guest is from England – Marc Isaacs.
Masterclass: The Art of Provocation.
Using specific extracts from his body of work as examples, Marc Isaacs will discuss the importance of provocation in his filmmaking process. By interrogating what a documentary is and can be, he will demonstrate how his ideas are conceived and developed and how scenes are formed. Isaacs will encourage a reflection on the balance between intervention and chance and examine how to plan for spontaneity. When and why is it necessary to stage reality, and how do we avoid predictability in our filmmaking endeavours?
The event is in English and free!
Marc Isaacs has made more than sixteen creative documentaries for the likes of the BBC, Channel 4 and cinema since his first film, Lift, in 2001. His films have won Grierson, Royal Television Society and BAFTA awards, as well as international film festival prizes. In 2006 Marc had a retrospective at the prestigious Lussas documentary film festival in France, and his work has been included in numerous documentary books and academic studies. In 2008 he received an honorary doctorate from the University of East London for his documentary work.
Marc has been a guest tutor at numerous universities and film schools in the UK and overseas, including the London Film School and the National Film and Television School. He is currently an Associate Professor at University College London. A complete box set of his films, entitled From Lift to The Road, was released by Second Run DVD in 2018, and a full retrospective of his work was shown at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, in 2022. His latest film, The Filmmaker’s House (2020), is screening at festivals worldwide.