Introduction to Transcendental Style

What is Transcendental style in film?

Just as mystical experiences are nurtured through emptying the mind, transcendent cinema is born through the emptying of the frame of psychological meaning.

Transcendental style is style of filmmaking which was first proposed by writer and director, Paul Schrader in his 1972 book Transcendental Style in Film. In 2016, Schrader revisited his work with a new introduction, adding key insights to its relation to Gilles Deleuze, Andrei Tarkvosky and Slow Cinema.

This video is simply an introduction.

As I reflect back on the last few years, transcendental style is at the forefront of my mind. Whether I knew it or not, transcendental style has dominated my thoughts and had a significant influence on my own personal filmmaking. I would like to write about the topic more and ideally tie together some of my past essays into one larger essay about the subject.

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