Course meets during the first seven weeks only, First class: Sept. 5; last class: Oct. 19.
This seven-week arts workshop analyzes, formulates and implements the filmmaker’s strategies to turn real-life restrictions into unique creative advantages. Participants will be guided through their own process of proposing, planning and producing a short film within the same set of rules— one location, three characters, a fixed running time, a genre of their choice. The course will then focus on using these apparent constraints as triggers to unconventional narrative and visual possibilities. To this purpose, students will be able to generate their final short film individually or in small groups. These visual and narrative strategies will emerge from the study of global films, that follow the contained guidelines of the course. Weekly in-class screenings will include Shallow Grave [1994, Danny Boyle, thriller], ex_machina [2015, Alex Garland, science fiction], The Community [2000, Alex de la Iglesia, farce], Repulsion [1965, Roman Polanski, horror], In the Mood for Love [2000, Wong Kar Wai, melodrama], My Dinner with Andre [1981, Louis Malle, drama], as well as selected short films.