Looking at movies as “sculpting in time” provides a very useful way of looking at this art form, especially for those hoping to create good movies.

“Sculpting in time” is a unique and original theory. Beyond this, however, Tarkovsky has many insights into the process of making movies.

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A note from the author.

“Is it sculpting in time? Or is it sculpting time, the audience’s time?” Shawn asks. “Tarkovsky’s notion that creating movies is a kind of sculpting…with time as the basic material…may be one the most interesting ideas about the work of creating movies. I look forward to reflecting more on his thought as I study his work. His movies definitely require more than one viewing.”

Learn more about Shawn here.

How does this introduction aid students?

  1. It selects from among Tarkovsky’s notes in Sculpting in Time to introduce only the most important themes.
  2. It re-arranges the presentation topically, following the stages of movie production.
  3. It contains observations, reflections, suggestions or criticisms of Tarkovsky.
  4. It concludes with a consideration of the movie storylines and issues tackled by Tarkovsky in his style.