Students will explore the world of independent filmmaking through the essay film. After learning the basics of camera operation and film editing, students will proceed to construct their own essay film. Readings and class discussions will focus on the history and development of the essay film with a focus on the European essay films of Agnes Varda, Chris Marker and Vertov. Students will construct their own short essay film from video footage produced during the semester.
Field WorkCountry: Russia
Day: 5 - Monday, 28 July
Students will be introduced to Russia and its role in filmmaking. From the Vertov’s early development of montage to Tarkovsky’s development of the long take, students will explore Russia’s role in film and the strategies of montage. The field lab will teach students how to employ these strategies into their own work and introduce them to the contemporary world of filmmaking in Russia. Academic Objectives: 1. Introduction to the history of montage. 2. Introduction to using strategies of montage. 3. Introduction to the Contemporary Russian Film World.