When developing a film project, we encounter cases in which the inclusion of written or spoken language as a guiding principle for imagery might become inevitable. Is there a way to organize images in a way that they comment on themselves? And how does audio fit into this interplay? How do you avoid the pitfalls of a didactic documentary while still communicating clearly? Learn to manipulate montage and the particular associative qualities of sound, image, and text to support your artistic vision!
ASSEMBLING REALITY will explore this triangular relationship, by looking at how filmmakers can organize and assemble material of different mediums, and from different sources to an effective and poetic end. The nature of ‘montage’ will be investigated in a broader sense over the course of three days. Starting with assembling from macro to micro, horizontal to vertical, to an overall structural analysis to editing within a single frame, guest instructors will walk participants through this thought process in their own work.
We will host instructors working in this mode from different corners of moving image production: essay filmmakers, editors, sound designers, writers and more, who will address these highly complex challenges of image, text, and sound montage in documentary film and occasionally other experimental forms of contemporary moving image media making.
While focusing on the legible appearance of language (i.e. written prologues, titles, interfiles and subtitles) the workshop will also draw from analogies to the organization of language itself (syntax, grammar) as well as pulling from microbiology and other scientific fields, comparing the the construction of a film to a social body with the ability of developing itself (film assemblage compared with assemblage theory).
Participants will gain a greater understanding of editing, both theory and in practice, and a deeper connection to the meaning and impact of their choices when working to combine image, text and sound.
Caspar’s film “time / OUT OF JOINT” will be screened at UnionDocs before the workshop, Thursday, May 10. Learn more and purchase tickets here.