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 intensive workshops in Super 8 filmmaking and film theory. Theoretical work will concentrate on issues of citizenship, race, identity and migration in contemporary transnational film in Paris through a study of language, performance and visual structure within selected films. Seminars will 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. Each student will shoot, process and edit a short Super 8 film.
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. Theoretical work will concentrate on issues of citizenship, race, identity and migration in contemporary transnational film in Paris through a study of language, performance and visual structure within selected films. Seminars will 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.
Super 8 workshops will be taught by the course director with additional workshops with filmmakers from French film cooperatives. Each student will shoot, process, edit and project a short Super 8 film. Students will be asked to write a detailed proposal for their projects, with a bibliography of related films and readings. We will use 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. We will study works by contemporary filmmakers who are working in hybrid combinations of poetic, fictional and non-fictional forms and in a context of multiple languages and transnational histories. Students will examine closely the relationships between visual, performative and written language, analyzing these languages in the context of the specific histories and social contexts that have shaped them.
The course will include collaborative exchange with filmmakers from several film distribution and production collectives including Light Cone, Cinéma Jeune Collectif, and L’Etna, as well as studio visits with artists and curators and community-based workshops outside Paris.
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: