Marks and Comments

Hi All I have just finished marking and doing my comments on all of the work and experiments that you have produced during the module.
It was great fun to mark and I really enjoyed the module and seeing people undertake work in new ways. The only problem I had was giving out lots of good marks. So well done everyone.
All of the marks and copies of the comments sheets are now with Tom in reception and he is in the process of putting marks on solar.

There were some rumours that you had to hand in copies of video’s on cd etc. You don’t. But do keep copies of these for yourselves and the proposed exhibition below! It might be an idea to keep a copy of the blog as pdf just in case, very unlikely, wordpress has a problem.

I think everyone handed in apart from a couple of people. If you are one of those couple get in contact with me on nicholasmid@googlemail.com and we can sort something out as soon as possible.

The quality of the work was so good that I want to include pieces in an exhibition of experimental work in a gallery space in Coventry towards the end of May beginning of June. Ken Fero and I are trying to put this together. I have spoken to a couple of people about this who are keen to participate. Get in touch, at the e-mail above, if you are also keen. I wanted to work with Alex to perhaps use the module 8 software that he showed in one of the sessions within the gallery space.

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Hand In to Reception

Tom Walker in reception is expecting you to hand in your work this friday 25th of March, you can take it earlier if you wish. Hand in your name student id and the blog address where I can find your work. I was in the basement yesterday pm catching up with some of the developments of the work and am really pleased with the progress that people have made with their artefacts.
I would like to show some of the work after easter in a gallery setting alongside some other experimental student work. I am speaking with Alex about developing some ideas for the exhibition space using the Module 8 software that he showed at the beginning of the sharing session.

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Tuesday 15th March

On Tuesday the 15th of March we all need to be in ICE by 11am to show our work in progress on the 1 minute experimental piece. We are expecting to see a fairly well worked out and considered piece that is not completely finished.
You have a week after the 15th in order to complete the work and place it on your blog together with your reflections on the process and how you might have improved the piece if you were going to re edit the same material.
You will need to hand in a typed piece of paper to the office with your name, student number and blog address by the 25th March.

This Tuesday we will be looking at a couple of important experimental filmmakers that may influence and clarify your approach to your own piece. We will look at how they use a variety of techniques to organise and arrange the elements of their work in order to evoke a particular set of responses in the viewer.
In the afternoon I will be in the basement available to help with any technical issues with the editing process.

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Some examples of experimental filmmakers work

In the session this morning I mentioned a number of people.

Derek Jarman was one of the people that I referred to. You can look at some of the information from the BFI on Jarman.

Jarman by Colin MacCabe

Screen online info and film clips from some of his work.

Last of England Info and clips.

Some Clips from YouTube:

Blue

Last of England

Peter Greenaway

BFI Screen online information and clips from his work some of his early experimental stuff is interesting in terms of how he arranges and decides on the method of collecting content.

H is for House

Intervals shot in Venice (may be useful in terms of ideas for treatment from the City trips some of the CCM students have recently made)

Walk through H

Clips from Youtube of Peter Greenaway’s work

Intervals

Dear Phone

Greenaway talking about cinema of the future

Greenaway. A Life in Suitcases. A history of Tulse Luper

Cinema Militans Text

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Module Task 1 Minute experimental artefact

Lets set out the parameters for the 1 minute module task.

Obviously it is limited in time no more or no less than 1 minute.
As part of the consideration of screen space at some point during the minute I want you to make use of the division of the screen space into distinct areas. This has to be driven by a reason and for some affect on the viewer. It can be a split screen or multiple screens.
You may also include compositing effects that we have touched upon in the workshops.
The use of sound is important and needs to work integrally with the images, this may be in term of rhythm, or counterpoint to the images.

The overall theme for the piece is very open and based on an interpretation of the idea of scene or scape. The word scene is interesting in its derivation from the Greek skēnḗ.

It is very promiscuous in its variety of usages. Scene can be a landscape, scenery in terms of the painted stage flats, scenography in terms of painted surfaces using rules of perspective. It can include a division in terms of a dramatic work, the scenes of a play, we can also make a scene by behaving in a florid or dramatic fashion.
Scene is a word that has an enormous kind of potential in the variety of its usages over history. It could summarised tentatively as a way of arranging something.
In terms of the idea of scape we can find the suffix being used across disciplines like landscape or data scape and in each of these different areas the notion of ordering, arranging an array are evident. Or determining the conditions of its appearance in the world.

To research the sense of the word scene then a Lecture given by Mark Cousins at the Architectural Association in London is important in teasing out its importance to aesthetic production.

http://www.aaschool.ac.uk//VIDEO/lecture.php?ID=1351

Vertov Man with a Movie camera 1929

http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docid=-2809965914189244913&hl=en&fs=true

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BFI Database

The British film Institutes database is a great resource that has within its archive many very influential filmmakers that came out of the early film units such as the GPO.
There archive can be found at Screenonline. If you go to the archive from the university network then you can watch many examples of their archived films from a large database of filmmakers from Len Lye through to Cavalcanti.

Below are a few links that might be useful:

GPO Film Unit
Shell Film Unit
Grierson
Night Mail
Len Lye
Cavalcanti

You can loose yourself for hours.

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1st March

Some of you didn’t attend the session on the 22nd of February to share your initial work and ideas. So I need those that were not at this session to attend this week and share their work so far.

I will be introducing the final task for the one minute piece that you will create together with the paramaters that you need to consider and make use of.
After the introduction there will be time to share work and for me to give individual feedback at this point in the module.

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