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

Location: France
Faculty: Five College Associate Professor of Film and Video (HACU) Baba Hillman
Course Number: HACU-288S
Departure Date: May 31, 2016 Return Date: June 17, 2016 
Course Fee (tentative): $2,400 + airfare (information about additional expenses and financial aid below)

Course Summary

This course combines intensive workshops in Super 8 filmmaking and film theory. The class includes studio visits with filmmakers, artists and writers as well as workshops on cinematography, hand-processing, animation and editing on Super 8 film. Each student will shoot, process, edit, and complete 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. 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.

Prerequisites

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. 

Eligibility

Short-term field course eligibility requirements.

Financial Information

Short-term Field Course Finances and FundingImportant information about fees, payments, and financial aid.

Course Fee

Approximately $2,400 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 group meals; faculty director expenses; local activities; and orientation costs.

Additional Expenses (costs not included in the course fee)
Approximately $1,500 to include airfare (approx. $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. The class includes workshops on cinematography, hand-processing, animation, and editing on Super 8 film. Each student will shoot, process, edit, and complete 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.

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 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.

Program Itinerary

Depart May 31, 2016 to arrive at Paris/Charles de Gaulle on the morning of June 1. Depart Paris on June 17, 2016.

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.

Housing Arrangements

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.

Pre-departure Preparation

There will be two group meetings to discuss participants' film proposals and other pre-departure preparations. There will also be a separate required session with GEO to discuss in detail issues of health, safety, and other important practical travel information.

Questions?

Questions about the application process or financial aid should be directed to Heather St. Germaine in the global education office at geo@hampshire.edu or x5542. 

Questions regarding the academic content or itinerary should be directed to Baba Hillman at bhillman@hampshire.edu

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