27 June 2016
2nd ICHEC - Dean Yamada Discussed the Visual Elements in Directing Movies Completed
One of the four key speakers on the International Christian Higher Education Conference (ICHEC) which was held on June 15 to 17, 2016, in Universitas Pelita Harapan was Dean Yamada

Dean Yamada

Dean Yamada Gave The Explanation on ICHEC 2016


One of the four key speakers at the International Christian Higher Education Conference (ICHEC) which was held on June 15 to 17, 2016, in Universitas Pelita Harapan was Dean Yamada. The director and lecturer at the Biola University of USA were introducing the visual elements in directing a movie to the participants of the conference.

On the second day of the ICHEC workshop, Thursday, June 16, 2016, Dean Yamada talked about the elements in cinematography. He began his presentation by showing a short sentence in white, with black as its background, which draws the interest of the participants, it says: Film is as much a creative endeavor as it is a spiritual one. 

“Movie is a way for the movie is a way for me to express myself and it is also a way to glorify God through art and self-identity,” Dean explained about the sentence.



Yamada explained that directing a movie in its essence could actually be compared to story-telling. Then, by quoting Stanley Kubrick, Yamada explained that he works because he feels something and he wants to express it with more than just words.


The three important things in making a movie are visual grammar, the ability to cooperate with the cast members and a great leadership. He also grouped every visual component, they are space, line, color, tone, movement, and rhythm. Every component, even the smallest details holds a very important role in completing the delivery of a message in a movie.


 Yamada once again stressed the importance on visual intensity as one of the factors which determine the quality of a movie. Many great photographs, movie barcodes and some clips of famous movies made his presentation even more interesting and understandable. Moreover, he also kept encouraging participants to analyze the examples given. Yamada’s workshop was delivered in two sessions. The first one talked about color, tone and space compositions. “Colors have special relationships with your emotion,” he stated. Yamada said that in making a movie, it takes both sight and emotion. Otherwise, when he was talking about the space element, Yamada focused on the surface and dimension concept, which has a great influence on the depth of a scene.


The second session talked about lines/shape and acting. Yamada explained that the first component has to do with the angle in filming scenes. Yamada explained the three basic shapes, they are the circle, triangle, and square. The right angle could make the visual intensity even more perfect and it also affects the emotion delivered. “Diagonal is the most intense one,” he stressed.


It was really interesting when Yamada explains the last concept, acting. He believes that there was not a single moment, where a man doesn’t possess any desire. Acting uses those desires, breaks it and turns those groups of desires into action.  He also added that in acting, the ability to manipulate is very important. About the correlation between cinematography and Biblical view, Yamada said that someone’s faith or belief will always be reflected upon their works that they create.


“I’m a Christian, I love Jesus and I lives in Christian ways. Therefore, I’m sure that my faith would be clearly reflected within each of my work, without me, having to directly point it out,” Yamada explained sternly. One of the participants, Paul R. Gupta, a representative from the Hindustan Bible Institute and College India, conveyed his testimony, “I think, one thing that Dean Yamada tried to do is to help us to understand technology and the methodology in developing pictures, movies, and other visual medias, so that we can use our skill to create and develop great movies both in the Christian and secular society and spread the great Christian values that the society needs. Even so, if we couldn’t do it effectively, then It would be impossible for us to reach the professionals. I think, everything that he said and taught to us is very useful and interesting. Dean Yamada masters his contents really well and he led the workshop wonderfully.” (Kristi)




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