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L Squared

Lisa D. Long is a choreographer, dancer, educator and LMT. She danced professionally for fourteen years, is an award winning filmmaker and teaches at CSUF. lisadlongdance.com

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Artistry in Horror

How do films and television shows utilize blood and gore in artistic ways to further the plot and to create a visceral reaction without going overboard. Where is the "sweet-spot" of horror and is it the gestalt of the production that makes it palatable?

Looking back to Peter Greenaway’s "The Cook the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover," the use of dynamic lighting, opulent costumes, and luxurious set draw the audience in while opening up all of the senses. It is as if you can taste, touch and smell this film. This, juxtaposition with filth and violence that follows creates a more dramatic sensory shift thus intensifying the horror of the film.

Currently, "Penny Dreadful" utilizes some of the same production values to appeal to the senses of the audience before flooding ballrooms with blood.

What are other examples of transcendent use of blood and gore and how are directors achieving high levels or artistry within horror.

  • examining the horror media in early 20th century and others could be useful. Also, the essays from horror writers like H.P Lovecraft or Stephen King could help – idleric 4 days ago
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  • Julia Kristeva's theory of abjection is a difficult one to grasp but is exactly right for this topic. – JudyPeters 2 days ago
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Docents at the Broad Museum: Guiding Visitors To Actively View Art

Comprised of a combination of art students, artists, and educators, the docents at Los Angeles’ Broad museum do not just give visitors the answers to questions. Answering questions by asking questions invites guests to come up with their own ideas about the art they are viewing. This is a refreshing experience that challenges viewers to interact with the art at a higher level of investment thus providing a more personalized experience. By increasing viewers’ understanding of art through more direct engagement, the Broad is creating a more artistically educated society one guest at a time.

  • Interesting form of public service. When I patronized a certain place and ask a question about it, being given an answer certainly lasts only as long as the next piece. By doling out questions, it seems to me that the experience permeates the mind longer. – lofreire 3 months ago
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L Squared

Thank you for this insightful and interesting article, it really piqued my interest in anime. Having only watched Spirited Away, I would love your recommendation for a “next step” in viewing. I may check out Bananya just for kicks!

Why Western Culture is Beginning to Embrace Anime
L Squared

I too am curious@ Bear, I too am curious, Why do you think Ariel is a great role model?

Best and Worst Disney Role Models for Girls and Young Women
L Squared

I agree with TooBusyReading that Mulan is also a great role model. Often too much time is spent defining strength in terms of masculine and feminine, when in this particular case, strong is strong and a trait to be celebrated.
I do love that you included Tiana. She is truly a great role model for all the reasons you bring up.

Best and Worst Disney Role Models for Girls and Young Women
L Squared

Thank you for reading! Cheers to making art!

Enhancing Performance: Self-Care for All Artists
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Indeed! Keep making time!

Enhancing Performance: Self-Care for All Artists
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Thank you!

Enhancing Performance: Self-Care for All Artists
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Thank you for reading!

Enhancing Performance: Self-Care for All Artists
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Thank you!

Enhancing Performance: Self-Care for All Artists