Remake: Production Workshop
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Department: Communication
Course Number: NFLM 3077
Course Format: Studio
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Topics:
  • Media Studies
  • Film & Video Production
  • Directing
Description:
Influenced by filmmakers like Michel Gondry and Wes Anderson, as well as the countless digital mash-ups and tributes on sites like Youtube, the remake is truly a 21st-century production process. In this three-day intensive course, students follow the tradition of copying the work of “masters” as a way to gain an appreciation of and master art and craft. Students develop a better understanding of filmmaking by deconstructing, reconstructing, and reproducing scenes from feature films, but with a DIY difference. The class views four films of historic note, then “crews up” to re-create specific scenes from a selected film down to the frame, using inexpensive resources immediately at hand. Crews are challenged to use makeshift alternatives and make cost-saving choices in every detail as they create a textured, atmospheric scene. The class is a hands-on creative experience that ignites the collaborative spirit good filmmaking requires and immerses students in cinematic history and theory as well as the art and craft of production, cinematography, production design, costume design, acting, directing, and editing. Students’ finished short pieces will be ready for festival screening. Prerequisite: Digital Video Production or the equivalent.
Course Open to: Degree Students