the Art of Film

The Art of Film



  1. Playfully quaint or fanciful, esp. in an appealing and amusing way.
  2. Acting or behaving in a capricious manner.

“Hugo Cabret: I’d imagine the whole world was one big machine. Machines never come with any extra parts, you know. They always come with the exact amount they need. So I figured, if the entire world was one big machine, I couldn’t be an extra part. I had to be here for some reason.”


“When I was a little girl I would marvel at cinema. I once saw Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton in films and it launched my imagination into such a space of infinite beauty that the writer was inevitably born. Something about the cinema – the way we are free to dream; The way we can see a simple light post and see an awakened being skipping through the rain or the blanket lying on the bed and imagine it dancing in the darkness. There are no greater moments than those that allow our imaginations to soar.

I have been fortunate to work in some form or fashion of the Film Industry for the past 18 years. As a Writer and Screenwriter who once was a Makeup and Special Effects Artist, I love the world of cinema. More importantly, the craft and beauty of everything that happens from Pre-Production to Post – and trust me, there is a LOT that goes on. A collective group of hundreds, sometimes thousands, that come together to execute a single vision – sometimes it is truly flawless, sometimes the vision gets skewed but that is the magic of film. Magic, by the way, that was exemplified this year in Martin Scorsese’s, “Hugo”. Hugo paid tribute to why it is anyone in film does what we do. Movies are our beautiful escape – our mirrors, our imaginations, our hopes, our passions, our fears, our truths, our worlds, our wars. Cinema is the most prolific Art Form in that there is no escaping the message it can teach you. Whether it makes you laugh or cringe or cry or fear or think or feel or imagine – the purpose is to show you a world crafted by those who dare to dream beyond the lens.”

– Dawn Garcia, Founding Editor and Writer, ATOD