Recycled Images and Non-Camera Filmmaking

Schools of Public Engagement: Media

Non-Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Non-Camera Filmmaking
Spring 2024
Taught By: MM Serra
Section: A

CRN: 10682

Credits: 3

In this do-it-yourself workshop, students create unique handmade short films without using cameras. The course includes film screenings and discussions of historical practices in avant-garde cinema, focusing on the pioneers of direct animation and found footage, from Len Lye to Craig Baldwin. The adventure begins with the film material itself as the class creates images and sounds directly on blank film using a variety of processes, including photograms, scratching, bleaching, painting, and collage. Students are encouraged to invent their own tools and techniques. Next the class investigates the use of found footage and the art-historical, educational, anthropological, ethical, political, and personal issues relating to recycling images made by others. Students have access to a library of recycled films where they can find images, or they can find and use their own footage. The course requires extensive work outside of the classroom. Assignments and critiques are geared to students' interests and designed to help them complete their films by the end of the term. There is a final screening party at a local film venue. There are no prerequisites. No prior knowledge of filmmaking is necessary.

Necessary camera and editing equipment is provided by The New School. Please note that students are expected to purchase film stock and to cover their own costs for developing and supplies.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Media (MED)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 6:14pm EDT 4/19/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Thursday
Times: 7:00pm - 9:40pm
Building: 6 East 16th Street
Room: 601
Date Range: 1/25/2024 - 5/9/2024