Conceptualist Films
Ideas in Images

On the Subject of Subjects – James Franco July 7, 2014

Our films are shot using digital cameras, which has many advantages when it comes to editing. You’ve seen two short examples of that from Francisco. Now, it’s high time to discuss one of the several documentaries we’re currently working on. As was previously mentioned, Francisco taught digital art theory at RISD. In 2010, James Franco enrolled in his class. Then, as now, Franco was interested in being more than an actor – he wanted to continue his studies in writing and art as well as performance and directing. When Francisco decided to become a filmmaker, James became the first subject. Francisco and he engaged in many conversations, having kept up a friendly relationship with each other after the class was over. The two discussed his creative process, the ideas behind his own art and films – not the ones for which he’s famous, but the more artistically free projects he conceived and executed, particularly from the years 2010-2012.

The documentary, known for its talking-head format and set structure, never finds purchase here. What you’ll see are a series of conversations Francisco and Franco had over the months and years, footage shot by Francisco on various shoots to which he was invited, such as the LA Theater and The Chateau Marmont, as well as footage provided by Franco and some of the artists with whom he’s collaborated. Francisco did much of the editing, and his style is unique and interesting to watch – your eyes are never bored! We haven’t made a trailer but instead a series of related short videos (called “nuages” – French for cloud) on our Youtube channel:

Here’s an example of what I mean – just click on the photo!

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Press Release – Conceptualist Films Born! June 22, 2014

Hello everyone, and welcome to our website! We are the documentary film production company formerly known as NHC GROUP MEDIA. We are very proud of the work produced under that name; however, we felt that we need a name more in keeping with our vision – and so Conceptualist Films was born.

The angry red line underneath the word (as I write this post) indicates that in a typical dictionary, “conceptualist” is not a proper word. Perfect, for we don’t want to be typical in the films we create! Our Founder and Director, Francisco José Ricardo, had the idea that while there are innumerable wonderful documentaries out there to enjoy and from which to learn, they generally follow a similar format – a three-part structure to take you on the journey of discovery, usually including a lot of “talking head” discussion. Francisco and Conceptualist films (or CF) want to shy away from that format and make films that are visually very different from what you might think of when you think of documentaries. Engaging, thought-provoking, and innovative are the words that drive our work.

So, what will you see here? Information on our latest ideas, from feature-length documentaries to shorter film essays, tidbits of our works-in-progress, and we’d like to develop ways in which this website can be interactive, so you as the reader are a participant in the process as well.

I’ll close this introductory  post with a video from our YouTube channel – wherein I, Adrienne Chamberlin, come into contact with a green screen, and via the clever, creative hand of our Director Francisco

and click the image below to watch the result of that encounter:




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