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Film Buffs will enjoy Lecture Series aboard SDI Crossing

September 15, 2014 by adannunzio


Enjoy a stimulating guest lecture series aboard  SeaDream I during it’s crossing voyage from Malaga, Spain to Barbados. This 12-night voyage sails Oct. 25 – Nov. 6, 2014 with special guest, Rick Staehling.

Rick Staehling was a film critic at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for over three decades, a radio/television career that began with a review of Alfred Hitchcock’s Family Plot and concluded 34 years later with Toy Story 3. A founding member of the Vancouver Film Critic’s Circle, he has taught communications at the University of British Columbia, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and Capilano University, and lectured on film for Radical Games Ltd. and Corbis Images.

After graduating from the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, Rick worked behind the camera as a production assistant for The Petersen Company, designed posters for B-movie producer Roger Corman, and wrote, directed, and produced two short and now-forgotten films.

Rick has written extensively about movies for Rolling Stone, Vancouver magazine, and numerous Time Inc. publications, and his work has appeared in the anthologies King’s of the B’s: Working Within the Hollywood System and The Final Four of Everything. Staehling has also worked in publishing as a writer/designer and as the editor of Travel Etc., a magazine that regularly covered cruise travel.  His work has been recognized by numerous organizations including the National Magazine Awards and the Society of American Travel Writers Lowell Thomas Awards. In 2005, Rick received the Western Magazine Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Lecture Titles:

Thumbs Up: Film Critics and How to Read a Film

Start the voyage with a history of film critics, gossip columnists, and celebrity journalists and learn how you can combine the pleasures of film-going with the satisfaction of film criticism.

Casting Call: Actors and Acting

Meet the talents whose names grace the multiplex marquees and discover the differences between acting for stage and screen and what makes a supporting actor, star and superstar.

Master Shots: Cinematographers and the Visual Design of a Film

Learn the aesthetic and technical terms of cinematography and see how lighting, camera angles, and camera movement affect storytelling and the way a film works emotionally.

Power Player: The Director and the Auteur Theory

Discover what directors do—from development to distribution—and why their personal style and vision sometimes makes them the “author” of their films.

Kid’s Stuff: Why Hollywood Ignores Adults and What to Do About It

Find out why in an era of mega-million-dollar, international blockbusters few films are made for or about people over 40.

Note: Space is still available on this voyage with fares starting at $3,999 per person. Please contact your travel professional or SeaDream for details.