The National Gallery is collaborating with the London Film School on 'Transcriptions: LFS Shorts', an innovative new project which involves second term students producing short 3-4 minute films inspired by the Gallery’s collection as part of their course.

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From the Film Maker

My inspiration came from taking a step back from the painting, and looking at the fact that its painter was known only as a ‘Follower’ of Rembrandt. In effect he (or she) is now only remembered as a footnote in someone else’s life story. With this in mind I devised the film to ask questions such as ‘What does it mean to copy and practise someone else’s style? Why would anyone do this? Is it detrimental to their sense of self?’ Last, but not least, it asks how someone could break out of this pattern, and accept themself. The piece steps away from the bleak aesthetics of the painting, only invoking them when the film’s protagonist comes to the conclusion that she has spent all of her life mimicking others. After this, at the film’s conclusion, the protagonist accepts herself, and adds new colours and textures to the painting.

Sam Mildner

A piece inspired by Follower of Rembrandt, A Man seated reading at a Table in a Lofty Room, 1628-30

Me and How I Got Here
MovieMe and How I Got Here
Alexandru Grigoras
The Beginning Is Nigh
MovieThe Beginning Is Nigh
Rupert Van Den Broek
And the Kid
MovieAnd the Kid
Zaklin Lentzou
The Traveller
MovieThe Traveller
Welf Lindner
The Shadow
MovieThe Shadow
Joanna Bence
Selves Portrait
MovieSelves Portrait
Daniel Chaytor
Alexandra McGuiness
Connie Pui Kwan Wong
Not in July
MovieNot in July
Mónica Bravo
A Portrait of you
MovieA Portrait of you
Pierre-Alain Giraud
A Ruthless Canvas
MovieA Ruthless Canvas
Javier Correa