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(France) Super 8 Filmmaking in Paris and Aveyron: Geographies of Identity

Location: Paris and southwestern France
Faculty: Baba Hillman, professor emerita, Film and Video (HACU) 
Course Number: HACU-288S
Departure Date: June 1, 2020 Return Date: June 21, 2020
Course Fee (tentative): $1,950 + airfare and misc. expenses (information about additional expenses and financial aid below)

Course Summary

This course combines intensive workshops in Super 8 filmmaking and film theory, including workshops on cinematography, hand processing, animation, and editing on Super 8 film. Each student will shoot, process, edit, and project a short Super 8 film. All cameras, film, and editing equipment are provided.

Get detailed information and view excerpts from past films on the course website

Super 8 Filmmaking in Paris and Aveyron course flyer

“During the course, our meetings with filmmakers, artists, and other cultural workers broadened my understanding of the nuances of cultural identity in relation to migration, movement, displacement, hybridity, and cultural exchange. Gaining technical skills in Super 8 filmmaking and simultaneously creating a project that synthesized my thinking gave me a unique and valuable opportunity to think through complex issues in an immediate way,”- Miatta Kawinzi '07S

See what else past participants had to say.


Introductory film, video, studio art, performance course, or other media practice/theory course. Course events are presented in French and English. There are no language prerequisites. 


Short-term field course eligibility requirements: for Hampshire and non-Hampshire students

Financial Information

Short-term field course finances and fundingImportant information about fees, payments, and financial aid.

Course Fee

Approximately $1,950 includes the following for the full three weeks of the program: tuition/workshops; all cameras, equipment, and film, film processing, and supplies; accommodation and local transportation; some meals, course activities, and orientation costs.

Additional Expenses (costs not included in the course fee)

Approximately $1,500 to include airfare (~$1,000), additional meals ($300), passport expenses, transportation to and from U.S. airport, and personal expenses. 

How to Apply

Short-term field course application deadlines and instructions

Full Course Description

This course combines intensive workshops in Super 8 filmmaking and film theory, including workshops on cinematography, hand-processing, animation, and editing on Super 8 film. Each student will shoot, process, edit, and project a short Super 8 film. All cameras, film, and editing equipment are provided.

Film workshops are taught by Baba Hillman and by members of French filmmakers’ cooperatives in Paris and in Aveyron in southwest France. In Paris, students will attend screenings, performances, and exhibits at the Cinématheque Française, Centre Pompidou, L’Institut du Monde Arabe, Le Champo, and Le Centquatre. In Aveyron, students will participate in workshops with visiting artists and will screen their final films in local cinemas. Critical work concentrates on the role of migration and diasporic communities in contemporary transnational film in France through a study of language, performance, and visual structure within selected films. Seminars address such topics as changing cinematic representations of the architecture and urban space of Paris and the politics of film funding, production, and distribution in Paris and across the southwest region of Occitanie.

Cumulative Skills

  • Successfully conceive and complete independent project-based work.
  • Understand and incorporate multiple cultural perspectives on intellectual or artistic subjects.

Academic Expectations

Students will be expected to submit regular evaluations of the course and of their progress in filmmaking. They will also be expected to submit a self-evaluation at the end of the course, as well as a completed film and a critical paper.

Environment and Level of Physical Activity

During the Paris course, students will walk several miles a day and also take public transport around the city. The Paris metro is not fully accessible and many metro lines do not have elevators or escalators at the entrances and exits.

Program Itinerary

Depart New York City May 31, 2020 to arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris on the morning of June 1. Travel in a group van to MIJE, 6 rue de fourcy, Paris.

Depart Paris June 8, travel by TGV train to Toulouse, change trains to Laguépie, arriving June 8. Travel by group van to Saint Antonin.

Depart Laguépie June 20, travel by TGV to Toulouse, change trains to Paris, arrive Paris June 20.

Depart Paris June 21, arrive NYC June 21.

Travel Plans

Students are expected to make their own travel arrangements to and from Charles de Gaulle Airport. The group will travel by van to and from Charles de Gaulle Airport, and by train and van to and from southwestern France. Participants must book travel according to the travel requirements provided by the faculty director upon acceptance.

Housing Arrangements

In Paris, students will stay at the MIJE Residence, 6 rue de fourcy, which is two blocks from the Seine and one block from Metro Saint Paul in the Marais. In southwestern France (Laguépie and Saint Antonin Noble Val), bed and breakfast accommodations will be provided.

Pre-Departure Preparation

There will be two group meetings to discuss participants' film proposals, academic expectations, country-specific information, and other pre-departure preparations. Students are also required to participate in a session with the Global Education Office on culture and identity, health and safety, study abroad policies, and important travel information.


Questions about the application and selection process or financial aid should be directed to the Global Education Office:

Global Education Office

Questions regarding the academic content or itinerary should be directed to the faculty director:

Baba Hillman

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