Empire Of Light

Empire Of Light

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by Gregory Earls
     
 

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Jason Tisse is in over his head. As a young black cinematography student at LA's notoriously tough American Film Institute, he's got the vision, but not the balls to battle the ruthlessness that is Hollywood. After a failed year at AFI, which includes nearly electrocuting a fellow classmate, Jason embarks on a trip to Europe to hunt down the works of his favorite…  See more details below

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Jason Tisse is in over his head. As a young black cinematography student at LA's notoriously tough American Film Institute, he's got the vision, but not the balls to battle the ruthlessness that is Hollywood. After a failed year at AFI, which includes nearly electrocuting a fellow classmate, Jason embarks on a trip to Europe to hunt down the works of his favorite painter. Armed with an enchanted camera gifted to him by an eccentric film professor, Jason is prepared to master the art of light and shadow as depicted in the infamous baroque artwork of the original Emperor of Light known to the rest of the world as Caravaggio.

What Jason doesn't expect, however, is that the innocent-looking Kodak Brownie camera he's been given holds remarkable powers, capable of miraculously bringing his idol's artwork alive with each snapshot. Caravaggio's work, packed full of sex, religion, violence and some outrageous hilarity, explodes to life and sends Jason spiraling from one escapade to the next. Spanning the bright lights of Paris, the grand churches of Rome and the cutthroat alleys of Naples, Jason must overcome his inhibitions-even at the risk of life and limb-if he is to one day rule his own Empire of Light.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780615503196
Publisher:
Simon and Fig
Publication date:
09/27/2011
Pages:
326
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.73(d)
Age Range:
17 Years

Meet the Author

When Gregory Earls isn’t eating at Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles, he pays the bills by taking up space at 20th Century Fox in the Feature Post Production Department. He’s a proud graduate of Norfolk State University and the American Film Institute, where he studied cinematography. He’s an award-winning director who has amassed a reel of short films, music videos, and (yes) a wedding video or two. Steadfastly butchering the Italian language since 2002, he hopes to someday master the language just enough to inform his in-laws how much he loves their daughter, Stefania, who was born and raised in Milan, Italy. Gregory currently resides in Venice, California where he goes giddy every time he spots that dude who roller skates and plays the electric guitar at the same time. During football season, he can be found at the Stovepiper Lounge, a Cleveland Browns bar in the Valley where he roots for the greatest football team in the history of Cleveland.

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Empire of Light 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ceavesy More than 1 year ago
I had so much fun reading this book. If you are a lover of film, art and history you will love traveling with Jason Tisse as he searches for the works of his favorite painter, Caravaggio, with his magical Brownie camera. Travel with Jason from Cleveland to Naples and witness his favorite Caravaggio paintings come to life. It's a humorously told story peppered with sex, violence and religion. Buy the book and enjoy the ride.
ShakerKid3378 More than 1 year ago
I was fortunate enough to get my hands on an advance copy of this book and I read it in a fairly short period of time because I literally couldn't put it down. Every time I went to put it down, the author throws you headlong into the next part of the story and you find yourself unable to tear away for fear that you're going to miss something, which may seem ridiculous because it is a book, but the story is just that compelling. Gregory Earls may be new to the literary game, but his style puts you at ease in an instant and the book feels more like a conversation with an old friend who is telling you a great story from his life. The story is a wonderful blend of fantasy and reality, with a good dose of the author's unique brand of sharp wit. The book takes you along for an incredible ride and although some of the concepts come obviously from a highly creative, intelligent mind, the book is accessible to any reader regardless of how limited their knowledge of Art, History or Filmmaking might be. So like I said, do yourself a favor and pick this one up..you'll love it!
LucieSimone More than 1 year ago
This book is one madcap ride through the world of film, art, and magic as seen through the eyes of Jason Tisse, a black cinematography student who embarks on a tour of Europe to follow in the footsteps of his master teacher, baroque artist Caravaggio. Gifted with an enchanted vintage camera, Jason unwittingly unleashes all the drama, sex, violence and humor depicted on the canvases of his idol, Caravaggio, and sets off on a journey of self-discovery that leads him from the churches of Rome to the back alleys of Naples. Written in first person, present tense narrative, the author's voice is strong, vibrant, and laced with laugh-out-loud hilarity. The reader is sucked in to Jason's world, careening along with him as he finds the courage within himself to follow after his dreams. I really loved this book. It was funny, moving, and even educational! Gregory Earls does a wonderful job of capturing the images and the impact of Caravaggio's work. After reading this, I was compelled to look up the artist's work and found that the author's descriptions were not only bang on, but gave much more meaning to the artwork than if I had discovered it on my own. The author tackles issues of courage, race, sex, and success with such aplomb and humor that I found myself engrossed in the story from page one! I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun, adventurous romp through the worlds of film, art, and history with a little travel memoir to boot.