IN A NEW LIGHT
Spirituality and the Media Arts
Spirituality and the Media
PAPERBACK; PAGES; 2007
About this Book
Explores a spiritual foundation for creative film work and seeks ways to find common ground on which to build creative relationships. Austins inside look will prove fascinating not only to students and practitioners of the media arts but to anyone interested in this aspect of popular culture.
About the author
Ron Austin has been a writer/producer in Hollywood for over forty years. Having worked on such TV shows as Charlies Angels, Matlock, and Mission: Impossible, he is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
"Ron Austin calls himself a survivor of Hollywood, but he is so much more than that. Like Melvilles Ishmael floating on the vast ocean after the catastrophe, Austin has attained hard-earned wisdom and a remarkable simplicity of spirit. He calmly cuts through the incessant chatter about moviemaking and restores us to the essence of film: a loving attention to the world, including the fragile beauty of the human face, and the drama of conflict and violence being transcended by forgiveness and mercy. Just as he learned from Charlie Chaplin and Jean Renoir, so Ron Austin ought to become a guide to a whole new generation of filmmakers artists capable of making films that are more deeply spiritual precisely because they are more deeply human".
editor of Image Journal
an experienced and insightful creative artist, opens a door to the wonder
and the spiritual foundations essential to art, religion, and life itself".
Former President, Writers Guild of America, Director of Screenwriting Program, University of Southern California School of Cinema Television
generosity, and a wisdom that comes from a lifetime of experience as a child
actor with Charlie Chaplin himself, as a screenwriter in Hollywood, and as
a professor at USCs film school, Ron Austin explores the spiritual foundations
of cinema. His brief spiritual history of film in this book is superb and
should keep your Netflix list full for a year. Here is a small work that is
anything but slight".
Robert K. Johnston
author of Reel Spirituality
to Pope John Paul II, what we call emotion is often just excitement, lacking
the depth and seriousness of genuine emotion, for which we are too distracted.
In todays world, much of the distraction takes the form of visual overstimulation.
But, as Ron Austin knows so well, the cinematic arts are capable of rescuing
us from what Robert Bresson called the school of inattention and reviving
our capacity for deep emotion and serious reflection. Ron's marvelous meditation
reminds us that the art of filmmaking remains important because we humans
must be in the mood for truth and film, having a liturgical vestige, is capable
of putting us in the mood".
Founder and President of the Cornerstone Forum
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