Film and Photography Teacher Martin Isaacson's Student Wins MTV MUSIC Award

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Martin Isaacson's past student in his "Knowing Eye" class at UCLA Entertainment Studies wins prestigious Best Male MTV Music Award for direction .

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One of Martin Isaacson's past student in his "Knowing Eye" class at UCLA Entertainment Studies in Los Angeles has won the prestigious best Male MTV Music Video Award for direction.

Isaacson has been teaching his students how to create powerful messages in video shorts and films for several years in the prestigious UCLA Extension Department of Entertainment Studies program.

Over the years many of his students have won awards in film festivals all over the world for shorts made in his classes.

"Many years ago I remember Chris Milk showing up in my class wearing a wonderful hat which he wore for the entire term." Isaacson said. "He really never said to much in class but submitted a short video at the end of the semester which knocked me and the students in the class down". Isaacson exclaimed,"It is the most powerful short video I have ever seen".

Isaacson's class has a cult following and some of his students refer to it as "The Hot Frame" a phase he coined to denote the ingredients needed to ignite the screen with cinematic story telling drama.

In 1980 he became the creative consultant to George Hurrell the legedary Hollywood glamour photographer. He arranged the sale of the rights to publish 30 of Hurrell's glamour images.

Over the past few years he has been quietly photographing his own work and recently produced and appeared in his performance art work on stage called, "Stills for the films of Manfred Heimlick 1930-1933".

The production is a ficticious story of a hitherto unknown important German Jewish film maker, Manfred Heimlick.

Together with 20 huge black and white photographic still recreations he shot of films never made, Isaacson and his cast of imaginary characters takes their audience on a hilarious funny and outrageous ride thru the 1930s Berlin film industry.

He recently began teaching a black and white photography course which is open for registration to the public on Saturdays at Ventura College, a communtiy college in Ventura, California.

His UCLA Extension class "The Knowing Eye" begins in January 2006. You can read more about him on his website

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