English Plus Film short course
Selection of Images of the English Plus Film short course July 2010, video of the work completed on the short course with descriptions of how each piece was made can be found here
COURSE OUTLINE - July 2010 English Plus - Film (Video and animation) Tutor: Chris Follows
WEEK 1 - You will be shown a small selection of films and video to help contextualise your own video/animation project. We will experiment with stop motion, different animation techniques, using cut outs, objects, drawing and sculpting clay (we will use clay on day 2 so please wear appropriate clothes as it may get messy). We will use istop motion software. You will be given video cameras and asked to shoot footage for week two.
WEEK 2 - You will be shown basic video editing techniques using Final Cut Pro we will explore the use of video layers and effects, we will transform individual frames by drawing over them a technique called rotoscoping.
WEEK 3 - We will reflect on the techniques learnt and work made so far and begin to plan and start your final video/animation piece. We have a gallery visit planed for day 2 the tutor will accompany you around The Surreal House exhibition at the Barbican art gallery.
WEEK 4 - Final video/animation piece followed by group critique
The following film, video and animation should be used as reference for you project:
Dziga Vertov Man with a Movie Camera 1929 Non-documentary style of film-making
David Hall Tap Piece 1971 TV Interruptions
Patrick Keiller London 1993 Neither film nor documentary but a journal of sorts
J a n Sv a n k m a j e r 'Dimensions Of Dialogue'
Exhaustive discussion Passionate discourse Factual conversation 1982 Stop motion animation
Bob Sabiston and Tommy Pallotta Snack and Drink 2000 Rotoscope animation
John Cage 4'3 3'' 1952 Sound
Nam June Paik technical interventions to modify transmitted electronic images
Allan Kaprow 1959 Happenings, audience participation
John Smith Girl Chewing Gum 1976 Film (voice-over in television documentary)
Jo Lawrence Glow 2007 Animation
Virgil Widrich Fast Film 2005 Animation/found footage
Exhibitions to visit (optional):
Francis Alys - A story of Deception - Tate modern (London)
Alÿs's work starts with a simple action, either by him or others, which is then documented in a range of media. Alÿs explores subjects such as modernising programmes in Latin America and border zones in areas of conflict, often asking about the relevance of poetic acts in politicised situations. He has used video projection and film but also spreads his ideas through postcards. Painting and drawing remain central to his work too.
Breda Beban - My Funeral Song - Camden Arts Centre (London)
A five-screen video installation - My Funeral Song focuses on one of Beban's close friends as they listen to the song they would like to have played at their funeral. The simplicity of each portrait heightens attention to subtle gestures and shifts in expression that chart an inner journey, through psychological states of remembering the past and envisioning a future in their absence.
Further study - see http://www.skillset.org/