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Aug 10, 2021

To talk "Bruce Block” in filmmaking means to discuss the 7 Elements of Visual Expression (space, line, shape, tone, color, movement, rhythm) in the creation of movies. Bruce is a living legend in Hollywood and has been teaching his iconic Visual Expression course at U.S.C. for 44 years. My film school classmates (now Hollywood directors) Jason Ensler, Greg Tillman and I all had his course in the mid-90’s. It was literally life altering. Our discussion with Bruce is THE best thing on this podcast so far. He’s amazing as he tells about the visual structure underpinning some of your favorite movies and how his course continues to be the gold standard for visual expression in movies, from the guy who literally wrote the book on the subject (“The Visual Story”).

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