Writing with The Camera: Unconventional approaches to Essay Filmmaking

The BAFTSS Essay Film SIG and the Derek Jarman Lab

 CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS

 Writing with The Camera: Unconventional approaches to Essay Filmmaking

 A roundtable discussion and workshop for essay film practitioners and enthusiasts. The gathering aims to promote the exchange of knowledge and ideas about the screenwriting process and screenplay development for the essay-film, as part of the London Essay Film Festival.

Date of the workshop: 24th March 2018 (10 am – 1 pm).

Deadline: 15th March 2018

Location: Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, Birkbeck School of Arts, Birkbeck London WC1H 0PD

During the session, we will introduce approaches to screenwriting outside conventional formats and discuss how the participants’ essay-film projects might draw from the application of similar development techniques. The focus will be on processes of layering, working and re-working material, remaining flexible to facilitate moving backwards and forwards between scripting, editing and devising sound/VO. Filmmakers Romana Turina and Rebecca E. Marshall will look at this process within their completed works and how open systems of development loops can make use of both carefully planned sequences and unexpected moments.

Participants of the workshop will be asked to bring examples of storyboard/script/ notebooks/image collection from their projects. In the second part of the session, we will share and discuss these documents.

Schedule:

Date: 24th March 2018

Time: 10am – 1pm

  • 10 am: welcome, opening presentation and introduction
  • 10:30 am – 12 am: Roundtable Discussion – individuals present their ongoing projects one by one.
  • 12 am – 1 pm: Participant’s Materials displaying on the tables – knowledge exchange and discussion on process.

 

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST:

If you are interested in participating, please send a 150-word description of the project and a 100-word bio to:

rt748@york.ac.uk  or bartek@jarmanlab.org

before 15th March 2018.

MESHES OF TIME

Image credit: Rebecca E Marshall


WORKSHOP/PERFORMANCE

1st April 2017, 10am1pm

Room G10, School of Arts
Birkbeck, University of London
43 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PD

Organised by The Derek Jarman Lab in collaboration with Rebecca E Marshall.


A roundtable discussion, workshop and performance hosted by the Derek Jarman Lab for essay film practitioners and enthusiasts to exchange ideas about working with/against cinematic time.

During the session we will introduce approaches to editing outside conventional formats and discuss how to tailor them to the participants’ own essay-film projects. The focus will be on how the filmmaker’s voice can emerge through both sound and image, and can generate a sense of cinematic time. We will look at the process of montage and how it can make use of both carefully planned sequences and accidental moments.

Participants in the workshop should bring up to 3 clips from their own footage (not more than 5 minutes in total duration) . In the second part of the session we will discuss and paper-edit those excerpts with a view to constructing a narrative about time. The workshop will finish off with a collaborative VJ performance during which we will live-edit the footage with an accompanying commentary and a pre-recorded music track.

If you are interested in participating, please send us an email before 25th March. We will be collecting clips prior to the session on Friday, 31st March in our office at 36 Gordon Square. Quicktime Prores format is preferred; if necessary we can help extract clips from file, DVDs, or Blu-rays.


Schedule

10am – welcome and opening presentation

10.30am – roundtable discussion

11.30am – looking at clips and paper-edit

12.30pm – VJ-ing performance


Email bartek@jarmanlab.org to reserve your place.


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