New York, December 14 (AP) The University of New York, alma mater of Martin Scorsese, creates a film institute in his name after a gift from George Lucas and Mellody Hobson.
The training of the Martin Scorsese Institute of Global Cinematic Arts was to be announced Tuesday by the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. The institute will include a virtual production center, the Martin Scorsese Film Studies Department, and scholarship support for students – with tuition support for those selected as “Scorsese researchers”.
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A large donation from the Hobson / Lucas Family Foundation – the non-profit association run by the “Star Wars” filmmaker and his wife, Hobson, co-CEO of Ariel Investments and president of Starbucks Corporation – made the new institute possible.
“It is such a singular and remarkable honor to me, and I thank my old and dear friend George Lucas, his wife Mellody Hobson and their remarkable foundation for this honor,” Scorsese said in a statement.
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“Their generosity of spirit and action is deeply moving to me, especially since this state-of-the-art institute will be housed in my beloved alma mater, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. I only wish my parents were there to see it. They would have been so proud.
Scorsese has a long history with the NYU film program. As a student, he made his first shorts there, including ‘The Big Shave’ from 1967, a six-minute allegory about the Vietnam War in which a young man shaves his face until he be bloody. Scorsese graduated from NYU in 1968 and continued after teaching undergraduate filmmaking.
The school also awarded him an honorary degree in 1992, and Scorsese currently sits on the Dean’s Council of Tisch.
Virtual production is a rapidly evolving mode of filmmaking that strives to immerse filmmakers in a digital sandbox in real time using technologies such as game engine software, motion capture, and video production. augmented or virtual reality.
It places actors and filmmakers in a sound environment where the digital meets the physical. While such effects are more closely associated with more show-oriented filmmakers, Scorsese used some of his tools in the aging process in “The Irishman”.
“George and I have known each other for what seems like a lifetime, and he’s always been driven to create imaginary new worlds on screen,” said Scorsese.
“His desire – his obsession – is part of a tradition that begins with the cinema itself and the films of Georges Méliès. I suppose you could say that my own obsession stems from the other parallel tradition of cinema, which finds its origin in the Lumière brothers: exploring the mystery, the beauty and the strangeness of the world that precedes us, of life goes on. .
Lucas studied film at the University of Southern California, and in 2006 gave the school’s film program gifts totaling $ 175 million, USC’s richest donation. The Hobson / Lucas Family Foundation declined to share the amount of NYU’s donation. The Scorsese Institute is expected to launch next year, and the production center will follow at a later date.
In a joint statement, Hobson and Lucas said the Scorsese Institute “rightly highlights its legacy as the quintessential American filmmaker and will inspire generations of diverse and talented students.” (PA)
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