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Film And Fine Art

Film And Fine Art

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Mark Aitken


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 for inspiration. The resulting films have carefully explored and created intricate worlds on a par with paintings.

This course offers an opportunity to make short films inspired by paintings and other art works in a gallery's collection. Students will visit the National Gallery, Tate Britain or Tate Modern to view and select paintings or art works for inspiration. An expert curator will be at hand to present the work. The group will collaborate on making short films with the assistance of an experienced award winning film maker. The paintings and other artworks will literally come to life as films are developed on the course.

Students will have hands on training in the practical skills of filmmaking and will learn to edit on Premiere Pro software. Each student will create an individual film or work in groups if they choose to. Films will be posted online at the end of the course.

Who should take this course?

Most creative careers involve generating ideas intuitively while appreciating influences from other artists and works. This is as much an upskilling course as an experience to satisfy curiosity. Suitable for writers, advertising professionals, film professionals and enthusiasts, painters, photographers.

This course is designed to use film in an impressionistic way so as to discover qualities of the medium as you work. We won't necessarily work with narrative - although you may wish to - and emphasis will be on experimentation. The point will be to transform the art works into films.

Entry requirements: This course is aimed at beginners and more experienced film makers needing to expand their creative horizons. Good English is required.


Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Mark Aitken is an award-winning filmmaker, radio host and head of a non-profit company that’s produced over 40 films. Previously, Mark lectured film practice at Goldsmiths for 11 years and continues to teach at Central Saint Martins. His most recent film ‘Dead When I Got Here’ about a mental asylum run by its own patients in Juárez, Mexico is accompanied by a book and photo series. His acclaimed photo installation ‘Sanctum Ephemeral’ was published as a book in 2018. Mark holds a PhD by Publication entitled ‘Emotional truths in documentary making' from Goldsmiths and is active as a jury member for film festivals in Estonia, Germany and Poland.

Visit Mark's website, The Deep River, for more information.


Please bring with you to the first session:

  • Notebook
  • Pen

Please note that other materials will be provided

Available dates