Recycled Images and Non-Camera Filmmaking
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Department: Communication
Course Number: NFLM 3520
Course Format: Studio
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Media Studies
  • Film & Video Production
  • Visual Arts
In this do-it-yourself workshop, students create unique handmade short films without using cameras. The course includes film screenings and discussions of historical practices in avant-garde cinema, focusing on the pioneers of direct animation and found footage, from Len Lye to Craig Baldwin. The adventure begins with the film material itself as the class creates images and sounds directly on blank film using a variety of processes, including photograms, scratching, bleaching, painting, and collage. Students are encouraged to invent their own tools and techniques. Next the class investigates the use of found footage and the art-historical, educational, anthropological, ethical, political, and personal issues relating to recycling images made by others. Students have access to a library of recycled films where they can find images, or they can find and use their own footage. The course requires extensive work outside of the classroom. Assignments and critiques are geared to students' interests and designed to help them complete their films by the end of the term. There is a final screening party at a local film venue. There are no prerequisites. No prior knowledge of filmmaking is necessary.
Course Open to: Degree Students