From comic books to directing

Alexandros Kostopoulos, filmmaker

ages: 15-18 years old

duration: 8 hours

Decoupage is a necessary process in directing, as it helps to break down the action in individual shots and compose the final scene of a film. Such is the case in comic books, as well: Each frame in a comic story is a shot; it has a specific composition, and it contains dialogue and all other information which is there to serve the story. In this way, it promotes the action. In this workshop we will mention Kuleshov’s experiment, we will analyse the first comic books without dialogue (Floyd Gottfredson, Al Taliaferro, etc), which focused on funny gags (along the same lines as silent movies), and we will subsequently focus on complex comic stories, which include dialogue and a more comprehensive method of narration.