260MC: Placing you media production in context

260MC: Your media production in context

Z podniesionymi rekami_With Raised Hands, Mitko Panov, 1986

-No dialogue just images

-Regarding a small boy’s escape from WW2

Art, Craft and Technique (Technique to craft to art)


  • Making you more considered film makers

10000 Hours

  • Malcolm Gladwell (2009) Outliers: The story of success. Penguin
  • The book looks art everyone from rock stars to professional athletes, software billionaires etc.

“And later I thought, I can’t think how anyone can become a director without learning the craft of cinematography” Nicholas Roeg


Moving beyond student films?

How many of these have you seen?

  • Vertigo (Hitchcock)

Watch the top ten greatest films of all time

  • The technical level refers to the ability to use appropriate techniques to create work that has a particular meaning i.e. learning the tolls
  • The level of craft refers to
  • Civilians use language
  • Artists play with language
  • Great artists reinvent it

Develop your visual language (Skills-Tacit Knowledge)

“When you’re doing a shot you’ve got to know why you’re doing it, its got to mean something, its got to be for a reason within the story and to further the story.” Roger Deakins


“In many of the films now being made there is very little cinema” Alfred Hitchcock


A series of tasks each week

  • Photographing the face
  • Exploring space mood and atmosphere
  • Drawing on the past
  • Affect and colour
  • Drawing on the arts

Upload each task to CineCollective Vimeo page


  • Camera
  • Tripod
  • Imagination

How it’s going to work

  • Lecture
  • Seminar
  • Workshop
  • Screening?

The assignment

Two components

  • The film

-Work in a group between 4-6

-Each group will be given an image

-It may be a photograph/painting

-Make a cinematic response to image

-Film must have a narrative

-Between 4-6 minutes

-No music only diegetic sound

-Finished film must contain own representation of your given image

-Must reference your chosen image at the end of the film both visually and in text

-No hand held camera work, composition is key

-You must use both artificial and natural light in the film (though never the two -in the same light

-No special effects


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