Recent projects and publications


home pageDanny trained as a classical violinist and composer, and in further education, he studied drama and film. He has a varied career as a writer, director, sound designer and composer for cinema; a film university lecturer, and an author of books and screenplays.

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Primeval Cinema

An Audiovisual Philosophy

Cinema’s existence is young, but perhaps the meaning of cinema is…primeval. The camera or microphone may be a new tool, but what we use them for is older than we may think. Emptiness, simplicity, stillness and silence in film are discussed in this book as a presence rather than an absence. Sounds give structure and meaning to silence; dialogue accentuates pauses; movements revalue stasis; information shapes the unknown. This passionate proposal for resurrecting a style of aesthetic cinematic primitivism attempts to capture the subtlest moments in film. Primeval Cinema has the power to inspire in us images beyond the screen.  Danny Hahn’s unique, poetic and reflective book is fuelled by his enthusiasm for silent cinema, philosophy, and the films of Ozu, Bresson, Dreyer, Tati, and Tarkovsky.

9780993338618   Price – £8.99   Copyright – Danny Hahn   Edition – First Edition   Publisher – Zarathustra Books   Published – 25 Jan 2016   Language – English   Pages – 128   Binding – Perfect-bound Paperback

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Two Tales of Sexuality and Solitude

Written for the Screen

‘Tenderly’ and ‘Second Sleep’ are an erotic-drama duet for the screen; a pair of psychological, romantic-thriller nocturnes exploring jealousy, sexuality, and solitude. Danny Hahn’s screenplays are simple, yet challenging, with a melancholy insight into the human condition. His keen sense for drama, dialogue, and the language of audiovisual art reveals a world of nightmares in love and life.

9780993338625   Price – £6.99   Copyright – Danny Hahn   Edition – First Edition   Publisher – Zarathustra Books   Published – 2nd Feb 2016   Language – English   Pages – 128   Binding – Perfect-bound Paperback


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  3 Responses to “Recent projects and publications”

  1. Primeval Cinema – An Audiovisual Philosophy.
    After a lot of philosophical head-scratching, I started to get a headache, because I wasn’t prepared for what I thought would be a book about practical filmmaking. Instead, it was more about what goes on inside your head rather than what goes on the screen. But later on in the book, there were actually some really good tips on filmmaking that I will never forget. I never thought of sound being ‘framed’ like a photo, and I never thought of how important silence in film was. After I reread the book, it started to make more sense to me, and I think its probably one of the better books on film that I have read for a while.

  2. Primeval Cinema – An Audiovisual Philosophy.
    A very strange book, but that’s why I liked it! When the words ‘audiovision’ and ‘audiovisual’ popped up from time to time, I thought Danny Hahn would have been influenced by the great Michel Chion (who wrote Audio-Vision). But instead of cinema and audiovisual art progressing from where film theory had last left off, he preferred to mention pre-cinema thinking philosophers such as Schopenhauer and Nietzsche.
    The title of the book is slightly deceiving, because it makes you feel like you’re going to learn about how to make movies with your bare hands and primitive tools. What the book actually does, is teach you how to see cultural, artistic developments before cinema even began – almost like he wants to start cinema all over again from scratch! It’s strange, because you actually feel like you’ve learned everything you need to know about cinema, but when you look back at the pages, there’s not much about cinema at all!
    I really liked it, but I’m not sure whether it’s for everybody.

  3. Primeval Cinema – An Audiovisual Philosophy.
    A brilliant book! Highly recommended. Filmmakers like Ozu, Tarkovsky, Hitchcock, Asquith, Bergman, Bresson, Kubrick, Dreyer, Herzog, Eisenstein and Tati all end up in this book like an ‘art-house-mix-tape’ for cinephiles. In the preface, we are taken on a journey to 19th century Vienna where creative geniuses hang out in coffee bars, and later on, you feel like you’re sitting in that very café beside Stefan Zweig and Hugo von Hofmannsthal, mixed in with 20th century filmmakers – like a cultural time warp. The conclusion of the book is a series of aphorisms which sound so fresh and original, that it should be quoted by scholars and filmmakers for many years to come.

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