Non-fiction camera: new trends 1
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Lukáš KOKEŠ, Jan ŠÍPEK
Name of lecturer(s)
Lukáš KOKEŠ, Jan ŠÍPEK
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Students sincerely in relation to the film topic work with the potential of film apparatus - lens selection, exposure, cameramovement, staticity, framing, composition, color, lighting atmosphere, shadowning
Students acquire an awareness of the development of film language in contemporary documentary film
Students consider the cameraman's concept, visual style, image langauge in relation to their own recordings.
Mode of study
Prerequisites and co-requisites
This course is classes with screenings of feature-length documentary films, short films or series of topically designed examples from contemporary documentary cinematography, with guests - exceptional figures of documentary camera (in collaboration with the Camera Dept.). This course includes theory and practice sections.
The practical section covers creative use of the technical functions of the camera - ex: How does the shot influence the selection of field depth of the lens? How exactly does the aperture on the depth of focus and depth of focus meaningfully influencing ND filters, and how from a perspective of importance, to consider the composition, framing, perspective, golden cut, camera movement, lighting or shadowing lighting sources? How the selection of a type of camera projects into the potential of cameraman practice and methods of recording (ex: static vs dynamic camera)? What method of recording speaks to the overal tone and proportion of a film.
The theory section develops considerations on the overal aesthetics of a film style and language. What are the trends in film language in contemporary world documentary film? What processes and devices do artists consciously select to reach a particular expression, effect, response? From pure experimental positions through intuitive improvisation to rigid directing stylization. Conscious work with the camera takes a central role in this.
Recommended or required reading
NICHOLS, Bill. Úvod do dokumentárního filmu. Překlad Kateřina Kleinová. Vyd 1. Praha: Akademie múzických umění v Praze; Jihlava: JSAF, Mezinárodní festival dokumentárních filmů Jihlava, 2010. 316 s. ISBN 978-80-7331-181-0
AUMONT, Jaques. Obraz. Překlad Ladislav Šerý. Vyd. 2. Praha: Akademie múzických umění, 2010. 319 s. ISBN 978-80-7331-165-0
AUMONT, Jaques, BERGALA, Alain, MARIE, Michel and VENET, Marc. Aesthetics of Film. Austin, University of Texas Press, 1992.
BORDWELL, David, THOMPSON, Kristin. Film Art. An Introduction. Second edition, New York: A. A. Knopf, 1986. 400 s. ISBN 0-394-35237-8
BORDWELL, David. Making meaning: inference and rhetoric in the interpretation of cinema. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1989. 334 s. ISBN 978-0-674-54336-2
BORDWELL, David. Narration in the Fiction Film. Madison Wisconsin, The University of Wisconsin Press, 1985. 370 s. ISBN 0-299-10170-3
NICHOLS, Bill. Representing Reality, Issues and Concepts in Documentary. Bloomington & Indianapolis, Indiana University Press, 1991.
RABIGER, Michael. Directing the Documentary. Fifth edition, Oxford, Focal Press, 2009.
Assessment methods and criteria
Class attendance (80%), visual style review of a selected film (20%)
This course is an elective for all AMU students
Schedule for winter semester 2019/2020:
Room No. 217
Schedule for summer semester 2019/2020:
The schedule has not yet been prepared