A Woodchip Off the Old Hollywood Block
It is often stated that film critiquing is a unique brand of art form. After all, analyzing and interpreting movies through expression can be as lyrical as listening to classical music or appreciating a painting from the Renaissance period. The ability to convey the creative juices through fundamental talent, determination and self-motivation are instant main ingredients to disciplined success. Whatever your progressive poison-from sculpturing to playing bluegrass tunes through whiskey jugs-one has to appreciate the creativity where credit is due.
Interestingly, noted personalities often cross our paths in life and when they do we get a glimpse of what they routinely bring to the table artistically. Whether it may be the eccentric inventor or brilliant mad scientist we as a society find it necessary to cultivate the creativity that blossoms within us. After all, who are we if the distinction of possessing a certain passion is silenced by inactivity?
Thankfully, the realm of movies and artwork collide gracefully that stems from that gateway of Make Believe Land otherwise known as Hollywood. For this particular spotlight comes something more adventurous than a summer blockbuster flick or Oscar contender waiting to be praised by eager beaver film critics. This is going to be an observational curiosity of a different kind of cinematic experience. The “discovery” in discussion is the gifted Loren Kantor…a certain kind of movie maverick. And what is his claim to fame? Well, it is safe to say that Mr. Kantor wears many hats. He’s an established writer/blogger living in the Los Angeles area whose preference for movies, music and “old Los Angeles” echoes ringing enthusiasm throughout the West Coast. However, his other profession is a special kind of “labor of love” with a cinematic spin: Loren is a skilled woodcutting artist with a catchy angle-he creates woodcut prints/images of old-time Hollywood stars.
Legendary Hollywood honchos such as Edward G. Robinson are profiled as one of countless classic movie woodcuts he carves with impressive proficiency. Essentially, Kantor has mapped out a fabulous venture worthy of a four star movie review. For a detailed perspective of Kantor’s heralded hobby/craft/profession one can check out his stylized woodcut prints at Woodcuttingfool: Journey of a Carving Enthusiast. In addition to checking out his professional woodcutting works one can receive a descriptive and informational biography of the woodcutting subject matter. This is a nice touch and gives the classic movie woodcutting project a three-dimensional completeness. More important, the inspiration for Kantor’s original woodcut prints stems from his immense fondness for his favorite films of yesteryear. For those that want to partake in Loren Kantor’s woodcutting artistry of revered Hollywood stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood, the contact information is listed as follows:
firstname.lastname@example.org or http://woodcuttingfool.blogspot.com
Sometimes the notion of appreciating and considering the merits of film are not always planted on the big screen at the expense of box office big bucks. The subtly of moviemaking can definitely be impacted by an artist with cunning carving tendencies who does not need to lurk in movie theater darkness to capture movie magic in another imaginative capacity.