Spring 2015

Cinema Experiments

Listed in: Art and the History of Art, as ARHA-445  |  Film and Media Studies, as FAMS-445

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Adam R. Levine (Section 01)


(Offered as ARHA 445 and FAMS 445.) This advanced production course surveys the outer limits of cinematic expression and provides an overview of creative 16mm film production. We will begin by making cameraless projects through drawing, painting and scratching directly onto the film strip before further exploring the fundamentals of 16mm technology, including camera, editing and hand-processing. While remaining aware of our creative choices, we will invite chance into our process and risk failure, as every experiment inevitably must.

Through screenings of original film prints, assigned readings and discussion, the course will consider a number of experimental filmmakers and then conclude with a review of exhibition and distribution strategies for moving image art. All students will complete one short project on film and one final project on either film or video, each of which is to be presented for class critique.  Two 2-hour classes per week (one workshop/seminar and one lecture/screening).

Requisite:  One 200-level production course or relevant experience (to be discussed with the instructor in advance of the first class).  Limited to 12 students. Spring semester. Professor Levine.

If Overenrolled: Priority given to ARHA/FAMS majors


2018-19: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2014, Spring 2015