SKILL FOR THIS PROJECT
During the summer of 2018, the Montfort Theater invited the theater and film company La Comète. They primarily work with a mode of filmmaking in which the film's realization becomes the subject of an experiential show called Metacinema.
Metacinema is a form of filmmaking that refers to itself, often by breaking the fourth wall and acknowledging the artificiality of the medium. This technique allows filmmakers to play with the conventions of cinema and to create a reflexive and self-referential experience for the audience.
In the case of Tim Burton's film Ed Wood, metacinema played a crucial role. The movie tells the story of Ed Wood, a filmmaker known for his low-budget, B-movies, and his friendship with actor Bela Lugosi. Burton used metacinema to pay homage to Wood's style, using black-and-white film stock, cheesy special effects, and even recreating scenes from Wood's own films. By doing so, Burton created a self-referential experience that both celebrated and parodied the world of B-movies and their eccentric creators.
The project was designed around animated posters that superimpose excerpts from the original films of Ed Wood and those of Tim Burton. This technique allowed the similarities and differences between the two filmmakers to be highlighted, as well as the metacinema codes used by Burton. Graphics elements specific to the ORTF were also added to reinforce the retro aesthetic of the project and emphasize the references to the cinema of the time. The result was an immersive and playful experience that allowed audiences to discover the unique universe of these two extraordinary filmmakers.
In collaboration with:
Kevin Mikhail, Alice Helfer and Camille Ten Horn