Filmmaking in Bologna, Italy
June 18 - June 30, 2019
Instructor: Kurt Lancaster
Over a period of ten days, we will explore the locations and culture of northern Italy, including Bologna, and possible development of cultural stories in Ravenna, Parma, Venice, or Verona. Engaging in observational cinema techniques, we will collect visual footage and ambient audio with the goal of creating one short documentary. In addition to the fieldwork, we will be visiting such sites as museums, art, films, and areas of special interests in and outside of Bologna. Bologna is considered the food capital of Italy, so we will be going to a variety of restaurants and explore different cuisines
Please see Dr. Lancaster about possible CMF 482 credit.
Dates: June 18-30 2019 (NOTE: Arrive June 18 and depart June 30)
- CMF 435 Advanced Filmmaking Topics: Preproduction for Italy (1 cr) [In person May 14-18.]
CMF 435 Advanced Filmmaking Topics: Filmmaking in Italy (3 cr) [In person class June 19-29 in Italy.]
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- Minimum 2.5 GPA
- Good Academic Standing
- Must be at least 18 years old
- Pre-reqs: CMF 235 and 275 (undergrads), or instructor permission.
- A statement of purpose that addresses why you want to take this trip, any relevant experience in production and editing, and links to your strongest or favorite film that you’ve made)—must be given directly to Professor Lancaster.
- This will be a hybrid class (online and in-person). This program will need: One Bblearn shell. Bblearn shell open date: May 14, 2018. June 18-30 (arrive June 18/depart June 30; class begins June 19 and ends June 29)
In Preproduction for Italy, students will meet in-person and online for preproduction planning, advanced camera training, and observational shooting techniques before traveling abroad. Documentary students will explore what it means to engage heightened observation in order to become aware of “the texture of lived experience,” as explained by Grimshaw and Ravetz in Observational Cinema. Students will examine, read about, and discuss various documentary film projects, while at the same time engaging in several exercises that will help tune the student filmmaker’s reflexive stance allowing them to become aware of making connections with others. This heightened observational position will become the means by which students will engage their documentary subjects and make the camera an extension of heart and mind in the creation of a short documentary project in Italy, which covers the content of the second course, Filmmaking in Italy. In addition, students will learn how to use outdoor and natural light cinematography. (It is possible for small teams to shoot a fiction project, but permission would have to be granted and additional planning conducted before arriving in Italy.) Days not shooting will be used to learn about the history of Italian filmmaking, its impact on world cinema, and to work on editing dailies gathered. Additional trips to cultural landmarks, film festival events, and outdoor film screenings will be part of the experience abroad.
Over a period of ten days, students will explore the locations and culture of northern Italy, including Bologna, and possible development of cultural stories in Ravenna, Parma, Venice, or Verona. Engaging in observational cinema techniques, students will collect visual footage and ambient audio with the goal of creating one short documentary (people can work solo or teams of, but each person creates their own project. In teams the assistant will help with audio recording). Ask the professor for additional proposal development for potential fiction projects.
Some of the possible sites include the Biblioteca Salaborsa, Cineteca Bologna, porticos of Bologna (a hike through 666 covered archways to the Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca), the museum of modern art (MAMbo), among other locations.
Also, several possible trips could be planned to see some of the nearby towns for potential storytelling topics, including traveling to Ravenna and attending part of the world famous art festival. In addition, Ravenna holds one of the rare exhibits of fifth century mosaic art in several of their churches, which are listed as a UNESCO world heritage sites. Students will also attend several free screenings at the Piazza Maggiore, where free films are screened every night in June.
Informational meeting: Early Feb. 2019.
Planning meeting: 15 April 2019
Pre-departure orientation: May 13, 2019
Flagstaff campus class: May 13-16
Airport departure (on own): June 17, 2018 (arrive and begin staying at housing on Tuesday, June 18; orientation in the evening of June 18 and preproduction planning will begin June 19; class ends on Saturday, June 29; return on Sunday, June 30.
Students will need to make flight arrangements on their own (coordinated with the faculty leader).
Please do not purchase any airline tickets before confirming with CIE/Kurt Lancaster. Check out the Program Poster: Italy abroad 2019.pdf