Do you have to know at least the basics of philosophy to make films?

Do you have to know at least the basics of philosophy to make films? I expect it to be a rhetorical question especially if you pursue career as scriptwriter, director or producer. Philosophical knowledge will help you to see crystal clear any perspective ideas, plot developments and all the questions you need to cover in your story.

Oksana Belousova
CEO & Founder of MY KINOROOM, Film Director
Such prominant film directors as Terrence Malick, Jean Renoir, Friedrich Murnau, Wes Anderson, Ethan Coen, etc. got degree in Philosophy. Others, no less prominant film directors had a great understanding of it - Andrei Tarkovsky, Ingmar Bergman, Carl Dreyer, Luis Bunuel, Jean Luc-Godard, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Béla Tarr, Robert Bresson, Michelangelo Antonioni and many more.

Films of these directors are visualisation of general and fundamental questions about existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind and language, i.e. the main philosophical question.
There are lots of great books on philosophy of film that you can google, the top choice will be an essential contribution to your studies, however, I'd like you to focus on these two resources:

"Film-Philosophy" journal is the only one journal of such a kind dedicated to the engagement between film studies and philosophy, exploring the ways in which films develop and contribute to philosophical discussion;

"The Pervert's Guide to Ideology" a book by Slavoj Žižek, a famous Slovenian philosopher and one of the most original thinkers will guide you through the cinema and its values in a funny manner; if you'd rather watch something - then there is a documentary based on this book.
Please, visit special section of MY KINOROOM website dedicated to books about film philosophy where you can find other interesting and useful books - SHELF.

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