Endless Space: Body Movement Beyond Limits

11.02.2015 - Mikey Brett, Francesca Jaynes, Jean-Louis Rodrigue, Florian Weghorn

    Physical space gets dramatically activated and takes on scale and dimension by the movement of actors' bodies within it, and Sandra Bullock’s graceful floating and swimming through space in Alfonso Cuarón’s GRAVITY remains one of the most memorable images from last year’s cinema experience. Acting coach and mentor of the Acting Studio JeanLouis Rodrigue will share his knowledge on body movement in cinematic space. Movement coach Francesca Jaynes and puppeteer Mikey Brett, both of whom worked with Bullock to simulate her character’s unfolding ordeal in zero gravity, refer to choreography and the mechanics of puppetry to explain how they enabled a freedom of movement that would otherwise not have been possible.


    Mikey Brett

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    Puppeteer from London. On stage he has worked for “War Horse” at the National Theatre of Great Britain, and for the Royal Opera House. For TV he was Senior Puppeteer for BBC’s STRANGE HILL HIGH and made puppets for BBC’s MONGRELS. His film work includes puppeteer for MUPPETS MOST WANTED and movement artist for GRAVITY.

    Francesca Jaynes

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    Choreographer and movement director, who has worked with directors like Tim Burton, Steven Spielberg and Mike Leigh and actors like Andy Serkis, Christoph Waltz, Johnny Depp and Keira Knightly on films such as A.I., GREAT EXPECTATIONS, GRAVITY, AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY and many more. She also is an award-winning writer and director of short films.

    Jean-Louis Rodrigue

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    An internationally renowned acting coach, movement director and professor, Jean-Louis Rodrigue has worked on many Academy Award-winning films, major plays, television, opera, and music events. He has worked with Berlinale Talents since 2009, developing the acting programme and mentoring its participants. Most recently, he coached Christian Bale in the upcoming feature BACKSEAT, Rachel McAdams in DISOBEDIENCE and Margot Robbie on her Oscar-nominated role in I, TONYA. He is a professor at the UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television.

    Florian Weghorn

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    Florian Weghorn has been the Programme Manager of Berlinale Talents since 2014. Together with Christine Tröstrum, he heads the initiative and advises its seven international offshoots. He holds an MA in Theatre, Film and Television Studies from the University of Cologne. He joined Berlinale Generation in 2002, serving as the section’s co-director from 2008-2014, and is a member of the Berlinale Competition selection committee. He has written and edited several publications on film and youth culture.