MI6003 - Experimental Film 2

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What will I learn on this module?

Robin Blaetz says; ”Experimental and avant-garde film is cinema made outside of the film industry on an artisanal basis, largely without regard to the struc-tures and demands of traditional narrative film. While experimental film as a separate mode of film practice is international, it’s most prevalent manifesta-tions were in western Europe before World War II and North America and Britain in the postwar period. Avant-garde film is often produced in the context of the larger art world, particularly in relation to the visual arts and literature. It is also frequently produced as a critique of dominant, classical Hollywood cinema and functions in relation to political movements and strategies, such as feminism.”

Whilst you learned about personal filmmaking that went ‘beyond live action’ in the introductory Experimental Film 1, here you articulate the
conceptualisation of ideas informed by historical, cultural and critical contexts that are derived from the avant-garde, in forms that challenge and subvert traditional filmmaking approaches.

You will demonstrate your understanding either by researching and writing an essay on an aspect of experimental filmmaking or by making your own per-sonal response to the critical ideas presented in the lectures and seminars.

How will I learn on this module?

Experimental Film 2 consists of lecture/seminar sessions that lay out the major themes and approaches of experimental and avant-garde filmmaking. This is a form that heavily relies on the wider contexts that surround it, from art movements and multi-media installation, to the ideologies that underpin it and filmmaking modes of production. From the short art film that emerges from the avant-garde, to quasi political deconstructions of cinema; such as materialist and structuralist work, multi media installation, digital moving image and to some extent ‘live visuals’, the content of the lectures provokes you to either write about the form or make work in response to it, both supported by appropriate academic support.

You will then receive written feedback on your final summative submissions which will detail areas that could be improved in future work. You will also be offered the opportunity to receive further verbal feedback following this formal assessment, so that you can follow up any concerns you have regarding your critical development and future learning.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

This module sets out the context and history of experimental filmmaking in a series of lectures and seminars, where you get to understand the approaches and meaning of the discourses surrounding the subject. As you are asked to either make an individual film essay in response to the module materials or write a standard essay, you will be supported in this endeavor by relevant tutor supervision in the form of tutorial meetings.
As ever, the seminars are places for discussion where feedback is offered in an informal basis and the tutorials help guide and advise your response to the subject. The written feedback at the end of the module after assessment gives advice on how to improve and constructively critiques your performance on the module.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

1. Understand the key components that make up Experimental and Avant-Garde filmmaking.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

2. Deliver creative and imaginative responses using the module materials in a professional manner (planning and organisation) with appropriate technical skills, where relevant.

3. Prove an intellectual grasp on the work in the context of the module.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

4. Show wider understanding of the context of the form and the place of the work in a wider culture.

5. Be curious and challenge conventions in such a way as to be truly experimental.

How will I be assessed?

Summative assessments will test skills of
organisation, communication, research, critical engagement, and practice and will be focused
upon the analysis of key issues arising from the syllabus. You will be assessed by either writing a standard essay of 3000 words approximately or by making an individual experimental film as a
response to the brief, with a 1000 word ‘Artist’s Statement’ – addressing all MLOs.

The standard essay and the Artist’s Statement should show your depth of enquiry into the
Subject with intellectual skills in evidence ad-dressed in MLOs 3, 4 & 5.

Pre-requisite(s)

none

Co-requisite(s)

none

Module abstract

Robin Blaetz says; ”Experimental and avant-garde film is cinema made outside of the film industry on an artisanal basis, largely without regard to the struc-tures and demands of traditional narrative film. While experimental film as a separate mode of film practice is international, it’s most prevalent manifestations were in western Europe before World War II and North America and Britain in the postwar period. Avant-garde film is often produced in the context of the larger art world, particularly in relation to the visual arts and literature. It is also frequently produced as a critique of dominant, classical Hollywood
cinema and functions in relation to political movements and strategies, such as feminism.”

This module seeks to start the third year with an adventure in conceptualising film ideas: while the module spends its first part exploring the oppositional world of film in the visual arts, you get the chance to make an individual response to the ideas presented in your own experimental film, completing a cycle of personal film explorations begun in Experimental Film 1, at the outset of the course, and provoking a creative approach intended to be taken through into your wider graduation work.

What will I learn on this module?

Robin Blaetz says; ”Experimental and avant-garde film is cinema made outside of the film industry on an artisanal basis, largely without regard to the struc-tures and demands of traditional narrative film. While experimental film as a separate mode of film practice is international, it’s most prevalent manifesta-tions were in western Europe before World War II and North America and Britain in the postwar period. Avant-garde film is often produced in the context of the larger art world, particularly in relation to the visual arts and literature. It is also frequently produced as a critique of dominant, classical Hollywood cinema and functions in relation to political movements and strategies, such as feminism.”

Whilst you learned about personal filmmaking that went ‘beyond live action’ in the introductory Experimental Film 1, here you articulate the
conceptualisation of ideas informed by historical, cultural and critical contexts that are derived from the avant-garde, in forms that challenge and subvert traditional filmmaking approaches.

You will demonstrate your understanding either by researching and writing an essay on an aspect of experimental filmmaking or by making your own per-sonal response to the critical ideas presented in the lectures and seminars.

Course info

UCAS Code P310

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Arts

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2019 or September 2020

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