Location: Paris, France
Faculty: Baba Hillman, professor emerita, Film and Video (HACU)
Course Number: HACU-288S
Departure Date: May 31, 2019 Return Date: June 18, 2019
Course Fee (tentative): $2,300 + airfare (information about additional expenses and financial aid below)
This course combines workshops in Super 8 filmmaking and film theory. Each student will shoot, process, edit, and project a short Super 8 film. Critical work concentrates on the role of migration and diasporic communities in contemporary transnational film in Paris 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 the city, and the politics of film funding, production and distribution in France. The course has included studio visits with filmmakers, artists, and writers including Nicole Brenez, Johanna Vaude, Mike Ladd, and Zoulikha Bouabdellah among others.
Get detailed information and view excerpts from past films on the course website.
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)
Short-term Field Course Finances and Funding: Important information about fees, payments, and financial aid.
Approximately $2,300 includes the following for the full 3 weeks of the program: tuition/workshops, all cameras, equipment, and film, film processing, and supplies; accommodation, 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.
This course combines intensive workshops in Super 8 filmmaking and film theory. The class includes 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. The course has included studio visits with filmmakers, artists, and writers, including Nicole Brenez, Johanna Vaude, Mike Ladd, and Zoulikha Bouabdellah among others.
Film workshops are taught by Baba Hillman and by members of French filmmakers’ cooperatives. Students are asked to write detailed proposals for their films, with a bibliography of related films and readings. We have access to the film library of the Forum des Images, which has the largest collection of films shot in the city of Paris and the surrounding suburbs.
Students attend screenings, performances, and exhibits at the Cinématheque Française, Palais de Tokyo, Centre Pompidou, L’Institut du Monde Arabe, Le Champo, Le Centquatre, and other cinemas, galleries, and museums throughout the city. Critical work concentrates on the role of migration and diasporic communities in contemporary transnational film in Paris 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 the city, and the politics of film funding, production, and distribution in France.
Students will be expected to submit regular evaluations of the course and of their progress in film-making. 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.
Depart May 31, 2019 to arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris on the morning of June 1. Depart Paris on June 18, 2019.
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. Participants must book travel according to the travel requirements provided by the faculty director upon acceptance.
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.
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 GEO 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:
Heather St. Germaine
Questions regarding the academic content or itinerary should be directed to the faculty director: