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Faculty Friday: Richard Pepperman

Kurosawa

Akira Kurosawa

Editing Instructor Richard Pepperman pays homage to the legendary Japanese director, Akira Kurosawa, in his new book Everything I Know About Filmmaking I Learned Watching Seven Samurai. Even Francis Ford Coppola is impressed:  “Any film director who can count at least 12 masterpieces among his films is clearly unique and worthy of serious study. An excellent introduction to the work of Kurosawa.”

Here Richard shares some of his process….

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Working with an extraordinary team that allowed me to shine (mostly) through their brilliance, I completed work –after three years– on a book structured by way of a “Lesson Learned” template, inspired by Akira Kurosawa’s “SEVEN SAMURAI.” 2014 marks the 60th Anniversary of the film; which opened in Japan in April 1954.

It is remarkable how many people it takes to make authoring a solo art form!

The book is titled: “EVERYTHING I KNOW ABOUT FILMMAKING I LEARNED WATCHING SEVEN SAMURAI.”
It is written to the chronology of the original 207 minute presentation, utilizing the Criterion Collection 3 DVD Disc Set (or Blu-Ray).

I introduced a full running of Kurosawa’s masterwork at the Pickford Film Center in Bellingham, Washington this past August, and will be doing a Talk/Lecture/Screening at the School of Visual Arts on the evening of Thursday, November 6th: 7:00-10:00 P.M. in the SVA Amphitheatre. Everyone will be Welcomed!

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