Course Info: HACU-0286

CourseHACU-0286 Performance and Directing Film
Long TitlePerformance and Directing for Film, Video, and Installation
Note(s) Instructor Permission Required
Textbook information
Meeting InfoJerome Liebling CenterüJerome Liebling Center 120ü120 on TüM from 9:00-11:50ü7:00-9:00
FacultyBaba Hillman
Cumulative Skill(s)Multiple Cultural Perspectives
Independent Work
Additional InfoFees: $65 lab and $50 for field trips. Students are expected to spend 8 hours weekly in preparation and work outside of class time.

This was an advanced production/theory course for video and film students interested in developing and strengthening the element of performance in their work. Questions considered included: How does performance for the camera differ from performance for the stage? How do we find a physical language and a camera language that expand upon one another in a way that liberates the imagination? This course explored performance and directing in their most diverse possibilities, in a context specific to film and videomakers. The class emphasized the development of individual approaches to relationships between performance, text, sound and image. We discussed visual and verbal gesture, dialogue and voice-over, variations of approach with actors and non-actors, camera movement and rhythm within the shot, and the structuring of performance in short- and long-form works. Screenings and readings introduced students to a wide range of approaches to directing and performance. We studied works by Vera Chytilova, Pedro Costa, Abderrahmane Sissako, John Cassavetes, Ousmane Sembene, Wong Kar Wai, Eija Liisa Ahtila and the Wooster Group, among others. Students completed three projects.