Film and Fine Art

Painting is one of the oldest art forms yet it has very close links with film making. Narrative, composition, lighting and editing are common elements to both forms. Many film makers have used painters such as Vermeer, Bacon and Turner as a direct source of inspiration and reference...

Taught by: Mark Aitken.

Description

Painting is one of the oldest art forms yet it has very close links with film making. Narrative, composition, lighting and editing are common elements to both forms. Many film makers have used painters such as Vermeer, Bacon and Turner as a direct source of inspiration and reference. The resulting films have carefully explored and created intricate worlds on a par with the paintings themselves.

This course offers an opportunity to make short films inspired by paintings in a gallery's collection. Students will visit a gallery (National Gallery, Tate Britain or Whitechapel depending on which has the most suitable exhibitions at the time of the course) and view and select paintings as springboards for inspiration. The group will then collaborate on making short films with the assistance of an experienced film maker. The paintings will literally come to life as sequences and films are developed on the course.

Students will have hands on training in the practical skills of filmmaking and will learn to edit with Final Cut Pro HD software and be offered the opportunity to create individual films from all the footage shot. Films will be posted online at the end of the course.

This course is aimed at beginners and more experienced film makers needing to expand their creative horizons. Students must be willing to collaborate and work together. Producing, Writing, Directing, Camera, Sound and Editing skills will all be developed over the course. This course is intensive but very rewarding for anyone with passion for developing cinematic forms.

Tutor information

Mark Aitken has been making films for 25 years and teaching since 1990. He has written, produced and directed short films, commercials, music videos, a digital feature and award winning documentaries. He teaches at Goldsmiths University and is the Director of the award winning film education company, polka dots on raindrops (polkadotsonraindrops.com). His latest work is the acclaimed feature documentary made in a Mexican mental asylum run by it's own patients. Mark is currently working on a photographic series and hosts a radio show on Resonance fm. See www.thedeepriver.org for further info.

Materials

Please bring with you to the first session:

  • Notebook
  • Pen

Please note that other materials will be provided

Details for booking

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