This course explores the history and aesthetics of films made directly on a filmstrip, without the use of a camera. Course readings and discussions focus on direct cinema as a form of alternative expression within artistic, social, political and theoretical contexts. The course begins with discussion of small-scale art in optical toys as well as related art forms, and then focuses in-depth on direct cinema filmmakers. Course requirements include a journal, production of a thaumatrope and flipbook, a short direct film project and three papers covering: methods used in the direct film. a direct filmmaker discussed in class and a personal manifesto. No previous filmmaking experience required.
* Approved for critical studies credit.
* Approved for Critical Studies credit.