Institute of Art Design + Technology
Dún Laoghaire

Cat Leibowitz 

BA [Hons] Film + Television Production

Cat is a Wicklow-based cinematographer. Her cinematography style utilises colour through lighting, production design and costume, as well as focusing on emotion and details within the frame. Cat also favours negative space and symmetry. Her influences include the work of Lance Acord, Sofia Coppola and Xavier Dolan. She has experience using the Arri Alexa, Sony Fs7, and Canon DSLR cameras as well as Da Vinci Resolve colour grading software. Cat also has experience in sound work, including writing and recording music, recording on set sound, and post production sound editing.

The Point of View of Angels: Unattainable Objectivity in Wim Wenders' 'Wings of Desire'

In this dissertation I discuss how Wim Wenders' attempt to create a perfectly objective film, or to use the film to portray objectivity, failed and will always fail because cinema is an inherently subjective experience not only in watching but in creation. This notion is particularly important to the film 'Wings of Desire' as it explores the world from the point of view of angels. Wenders intended these to be objective unbiased lenses for the viewers to watch the world through. Yet they fail to be objective for many reasons, the most prominent being the director's life experience being inserted into the script and thus following the philosophical view of determinism, and the cinematography portraying human-like and flawed emotions and thus failing to capture documentary-like, unbiased footage, failing to be an all-seeing eye.