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:


I was drawn to the narrative of the painting and the melodrama of the scene. The multiple characters in the painting have a variety of expressions suggesting a mix of motivations and objectives, which, combined with the heightened drama in the image, caused me to think about soap opera and, specifically, medical scenes. The relatively uniform size of the figures and the almost linear way in which they are arranged, with little depth, also reminded me of the way in which TV soap opera is shot, and the vivid reds and purples suggested US daytime TV (as opposed to the more sombre realism of the UK equivalent).


Uri Stramer


A piece inspired by: Eustache Le Sueur, Alexander and his Doctor , about 1648-9

Mohammad Shrydeh
Tracy Sunderland
Giacomo Boeri