Week 8: Cinematography

Film still from Barry Lyndon, directed by Stanley Kubrick (1975)

Film still from Barry Lyndon, directed by Stanley Kubrick (1975)

Lecture

In week 8, we introduce the art of cinematography in narrative films. We look at the works of number of filmmakers and cinematographers including Luchino Visconti, Darius Khondji, Christopher Doyle, Clara Law, Gillian Armstrong, Andrei Tarkovsky and Stanley Kubrick. Our analysis focuses on how these images on screen create mood, convey meaning and construct a narrative space and time. We also explore the different practices used by cinematographers. The lecture argues that cinematography is an inventive endeavour where art and technology mutually transform through creative practice.

Lecture links: http://aaronlburton.com/uowmeda101w8.html

Workshop

This workshop is devoted to the presentation and critique of your assessment 2 project.

Submission and presentation

  • Your final sound file needs to be uploaded to Sound Cloud, posted onto your blog with your project statement
    The link to you submission post needs to be provided as a comment to the appropriate tutorial assessment entries BEFORE your tutorial class

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09S Gemeinschart/ Iterative Process

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田中達也 Tatsuya Tanaka MINIATURE CALENDAR Artist / Photographer @tanatatsu_sub, miniature-calendar.com

In The Craftsman, Richard Sennett traces the change from a collaborative workshop of the Master/ Guild to the lone artist genius. Sennett’s description of the evolution of communities (or hierarchies) of practitioners as organised through the Medieval guilds to the emergence of artist-genius in early Renaissance provides a telling narrative to this transformation.

This shift does not only impact on the division of labour from collaborative embodied practices in a luthier’s workshop to the collective endeavour of Linux, but more significantly, it re-conceived the creative act itself. So how do we work together?

The lecture explores the idea of the Gemeinschaft or the community of peers.

In this video featuring the film 20,000 Days on Earth, the filmmakers Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard talk about the process of working and collaborating with Nick Cave. Pollard begins by saying that project is about investigating what the ‘spark’ or spirit that drives the creative process through Nick Cave’s practice. Iain Forsyth says that they found the collaborating process comfortable as collaboration is fundamentally what filmmaking, as a making process, is.

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08W Experimentation

[David Lawrey and Jaki Middleton’s The Choice is Yours (2011)]

In week 7, you formed groups based on your interests in a number of areas identified in week 6 as follows (please let me know if I have left you out):

Expressing Digitality: Textuality and Expression
Briana Williams, Lily, Teagan, Kate, Josh P, Kristine

Multisensory Interaction: Light, Shadows and Displacement
Shaun, Joel, Banisha, Briana Wallace

(Re)configuring Spacetime: Story-telling through Sound, Image, and Interaction
Meghan, Joel, Ahn, Stephanie
Maya, Jasmine, Jane, Kayla
Sam, Sonny, David, Steph, Chelsea
Mackenzie, Robert, Will, Chloe
Jade, Izel, Isabel

Generativity: Difference and Repetition
Peta, Mia, Joe, Joanna

In week 8, you are asked to re-work your exploration of your chosen theme into an experiment based on your own research and pitches.

Think of your task as model-making (as architects would): create a model as a way to materialise your ideas, to test out how different materials can activate your ideas.

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Submission Assessment 2 Wednesday 9.30 – 12.30pm with Etienne Deleflie

Before you submit: please also make sure this is your tutorial class – class time and tutor’s name are listed above.

Your digital file should be uploaded to your Sound Cloud account. Create an entry on your personal blog that embeds your work into the post accompanied by your project statement.

Add a comment to this post. In the comment, provide your full name and a link to your blog entry – please check your link is working.

Submission Assessment 2 Wednesday 9.30 – 12.30pm with Aaron Burton

Before you submit: please also make sure this is your tutorial class – class time and tutor’s name are listed above.

Your digital file should be uploaded to your Sound Cloud account. Create an entry on your personal blog that embeds your work into the post accompanied by your project statement.

Add a comment to this post. In the comment, provide your full name and a link to your blog entry – please check your link is working.

Submission Assessment 2 Wednesday 14.30 – 17.30pm with Aaron Burton

Before you submit: please also make sure this is your tutorial class – class time and tutor’s name are listed above.

Your digital file should be uploaded to your Sound Cloud account. Create an entry on your personal blog that embeds your work into the post accompanied by your project statement.

Add a comment to this post. In the comment, provide your full name and a link to your blog entry – please check your link is working.

Submission Assessment 2 Thursday 14.30 – 17.30pm with Aaron Burton

Before you submit: please also make sure this is your tutorial class – class time and tutor’s name are listed above.

Your digital files (.mp4) should be uploaded to your Vimeo account. Create an entry on your personal blog that embeds your video into the post accompanied by your project statement.

Add a comment to this post. In the comment, provide your full name and a link to your blog entry – please check your link is working.

Submission Assessment 2 Thursday 9.30 – 12.30pm with John Harris

Before you submit: please also make sure this is your tutorial class – class time and tutor’s name are listed above.

Your digital file should be uploaded to your Sound Cloud account. Create an entry on your personal blog that embeds your work into the post accompanied by your project statement.

Add a comment to this post. In the comment, provide your full name and a link to your blog entry – please check your link is working.

Week 7: Cinematic Language and Camera Movement

Lecture

The lecture looks at the development of camera movement in conventional motion picture films. It explores how different camera movement have been used to direct and manipulate the audience’s gaze as well as express film characters’ psychological states. We examine how the cinematic language has been pushed and expanded with the experimental and innovative use of camera movement in works such as The Blair Witch Project, Being John Malkovich, Gus van Sant’s death trilogy, Richard Linklater’s Slacker and the more recent Birdman. We ask questions how can the cinematic language be further challenged by new machine vision brought about by new technologies such as Drones.

Lecture links: http://aaronlburton.com/uowmeda101w7.html

Workshop

This workshop

  • examines the differences between composing for stills and movement
  • analyses how conventional cinematic language conveys different meanings through the use of camera movements
  • introduces storyboarding as technique to bring together

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Submission Assessment 2 Thursday 14.30 – 17.30pm with John Harris

Before you submit: please also make sure this is your tutorial class – class time and tutor’s name are listed above.

Your digital file should be uploaded to your Sound Cloud account. Create an entry on your personal blog that embeds your work into the post accompanied by your project statement.

Add a comment to this post. In the comment, provide your full name and a link to your blog entry – please check your link is working.