Class Creative Animation Ateliers III - Development, Production and Post-Production

  • Presentation


    This unit proposes the production of an animated documentary film.

    Students are encouraged to question the role of documentary and animation practice in the contemporary film landscape, and in contrast with dominant narrative strategies. Issues of individual and/or socio-cultural expression will be emphasized.

    Using a multimedia approach and animation as the key element to bind other techniques, students will be invited to combine their research with on-site drawing, sound recording, photography, live action, and any other resources deemed appropriate to develop their concept.

    The result of this practice-based process should be an original short film that responds to the brief using a documentary approach, journalistic or semi-fictional, and animation as a mediating element between constructed discourse and factual representation.

    The final outcomes will be presented publicly within the appropriate context (festivals or specific events to be confirmed).

  • Code


  • Syllabus


    1. The ontology of the image: the photographic image and the animated image.

    2. Documentary: various historical definitions and approaches.

    3. Discussions about factual representation and point of view: documentary as a record of the real or as a film construction? Ethical concerns.

    4. The animated image and movement: what it contributes to a documentary strategy.

    5. Sound as a structuring device.


  • Objectives


    Identify the documentary format within the universe of animation film; Understand the differences between photographic image and animated image; Question the documentary approach: as a format that represents the real or as a unique form that questions the real; Apply the knowledge acquired in previous units (about constructing meaning, storyboarding, animatic, art direction, sound design) to a project that uses animation in a documentary context.

  • Teaching methodologies and assessment

    Teaching methodologies and assessment

    The unit contents will be taught through various methods, including the screening of case study films.

    Animation and documentary modes will be debated through presentations, group discussion, on-site drawing and sound projects, and site-specific visits relevant to the topic.

    The development of the project will be monitored in weekly tutorial mode.

    The evaluation is continuous and will reflect on the development and implementation of a Final Project including: concept, studies, storyboard, animatic, sound and final presentation of the final film (or other proposed and validated format)

  • References


    BENDAZZI, G. (1994). Cartoons: One Hundred Years of Cinema Animation. London: John Libbey Publishing.

    BUCHAN, S.(ed.) (2006). Animated Worlds. London: John.n Libbey Publishing.

    Chion, M. (2019). Audio Vision. New York: Columbia University Press.

    PILLING, J. (ed.) (1992). Women in Animation. London: British Film Institute.

    PILLING, J. (ed.) (1997). A Reader in Animation Studies. London: John Libbey Publishing.

    ROE A. (2014). Animated Documentary. Palgrave Macmillan.

    WELLS, P. (1998). Understanding Animation. Londres: Routledge.

    WARD, P. (2012). Documentary: The Margins of Reality. New York: Columbia Univ. Press

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