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Aronofsky, Favreau and Murch to Talk “Movies in Your Brain” at the Academy

Thompson on Hollywood By Nick Newman | Thompson on Hollywood July 25, 2014 at 2:35PM

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences want to put that last word of their brand into more effective use. With the help of Hollywood luminaries like Walter Murch, Darren Aronofsky, and Jon Favreau, “Movies in Your Brain: The Science of Cinematic Perception”

What do movies have to do with this?
What do movies have to do with this?

As Luc Besson's latest actioner "Lucy" shows us the potential of an unlocked human brain, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is pitching the "science" side of filmmaking. They've enlisted Hollywood brainiacs Walter Murch, Darren Aronofsky, and Jon Favreau to dig into “Movies in Your Brain: The Science of Cinematic Perception,” a panel that mixes presentations and interacts with the audience in order to provide "a fascinating look at how experiments in neuroscience can advance our understanding of cinema, and how cinema can advance our understanding of the human brain.”

How, exactly, this panel will illustrate this is a mystery to be solved. They'll be helped by scientists with more degrees than you or I can shake our measly Bachelor’s at who will examine the brain's reactions to various filmic elements such as editing, sound, cinematography and screenwriting. Furthermore, host Tim J. Smith “specializes in the study of visual cognition with a particular focus on eye movements and film cognition.” What reaction “Iron Man 2” gets other than boredom and anger… well, its inclusion in the program is all the more reason to be curious.

Tickets can be purchased on the Oscars website.

This article is related to: Jon Favreau, Darren Aronofsky, Noah, Black Swan

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.