Architecture in documentary film

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
303MARDF Z 1 7S Czech summer

Subject guarantor


Name of lecturer(s)

Haruna Honcoop, Alice RŮŽIČKOVÁ

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The module is to serve as inspiration for one's film work and further considerations of topics and the perception of architectureas a film object, not only an architectural object.

Mode of study

Documentary Dept. Module.

Lecturer: Haruna Honcoop (sponsor: Alice Růžičková)

Place and time: pátek 12. 4. 2019, 10-17:00, FAMU screening room

Credit: 1 – 100% attendance + class participation

Capacity: 25

Elective couse for: FAMU

Language of instruction: Czech

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Course contents

Through the module „Architecture in Documentary Film“, students ae introduced to filmography which captues architeture in a documentary film, creating its own specific genre, audience and distribution platform - architecture museums, galleries and architectural film festivals.

This special genre will be investigated during the module from several directions:

  1. allowing architecture as silent art in cities to tell its story
  2. how to film architecture and frame it, production know-how - approach to the location, permission, copyright and intellectual property of a building and city panorama
  3. reception of architecture film, distribution and specialized festivals.
  4. case studies - Central Bus Station, Olympic Halftime (work-in-progress), Built to Last


10:00-12:00 Survey of fundamental documentary films on the architecture topic - world/Czech documentary cinematography, portraits of world architects (Koolhaas, Le Courbusier, Ando, Kahn, etc.), portraits of locations and cities - with samples from selected films.

12:00-12:30 Production Know-how - location, permissions, copyright, architecture festivals

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-15:30 Camera techniques. How to film and frame architecture in film. Discussion with cameraman Ondřej Belica. Case Study: documentary film Central Bus Station (2018, dir. Tomáš Elšík, camera: O. Belica) about the Tel Aviv bus station and screening of a work-in-progres film Olympic Halftime about Olympics architecture and a cross-media project Built to Last (dir. Haruna Honcoop).

15:30-17:00 Screening of Central Bus Station (78 min.)

Recommended or required reading

Film samples during module:

Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine - Filmmaking pair specializing in shooting contemporary architectue

Cathedrals of Culture, 2014 - 6 iconc buildings, 6 iconic directors

REM - Rem Koolhaas Documentary, dir: 2016

My Architect Louis Kahn, 2003, dir: Nathaniel Kahn

Jaroslav Kučera - Pražský Hrad, 1982

David Vávra - Šumná města - Czech Television

Vetřelci a volavky, Rozálie Kohoutová, 2008

and others.

Assessment methods and criteria

100% attendance and class participation



Further information

This course is an elective for all AMU students

Schedule for winter semester 2018/2019:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

Schedule for summer semester 2018/2019:

Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
12.04.2019 10:00–17:00 Haruna Honcoop Projection Room
Lažanský palác

The subject is a part of the following study plans