As Luc Besson‘s latest actioner “Lucy” shows us the potential of an unlocked human brain, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is pitching the “science” side of filmmaking. They’ve enlisted Hollywood brainiacs Walter Murch, Darren Aronofsky, and Jon Favreau to dig into “Movies in Your Brain: The Science of Cinematic Perception,” a panel that mixes presentations and interacts with the audience in order to provide “a fascinating look at how experiments in neuroscience can advance our understanding of cinema, and how cinema can advance our understanding of the human brain.”
How, exactly, this panel will illustrate this is a mystery to be solved. They’ll be helped by scientists with more degrees than you or I can shake our measly Bachelor’s at who will examine the brain’s reactions to various filmic elements such as editing, sound, cinematography and screenwriting. Furthermore, host Tim J. Smith “specializes in the study of visual cognition with a particular focus on eye movements and film cognition.” What reaction “Iron Man 2” gets other than boredom and anger… well, its inclusion in the program is all the more reason to be curious.
Tickets can be purchased on the Oscars website.