We often resort to storytelling to understand our world and make sense of events that surround us -or happen to us. This elective course will explore the cinematic techniques used in film to communicate stories visually. During this course, we will watch and discuss movie clips in order to better understand the foundations of narrative, cinematic editing and montage theory.
There will be two video projects in this course:
The first project: Filmic Space
This short video narrates a story in which spatial transformation plays an important role in translating psychological feelings of the protagonist visually. Think of the seemingly bottomless rabbit hole in Alice in Wonderland as she falls, the claustrophobic darkening labyrinths of the brain in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004). Students will select a short story set in a dramatized place and enhance the narrative through spatial change or camera movements.
The second project: Montage video
In this video project, we will explore the techniques of montage editing. Montage builds on visual clash of imagery and fast cutting to produce a strong impact on the viewer. Its use is common in movie openings, movie trailers and music videos. This montage will play on a certain emotional theme, for example: suspense, fear, despair, or hope – or perhaps taking us on an emotional rollercoaster ride of all of those. You will pick a soundtrack with strong narrative transformation to drive this emotional theme. This soundtrack must feature a strong sense of beat and rhythm.
Software: After Effects, Adobe Premiere
examples of dramatized spaces in film
Some of the cinematic principles we will discuss
- Note: This course has been postponed and will no longer be offered in the 2nd term of 2015/2016.