Class European Heritage in Animation

  • Code


  • Syllabus


    1st part:

    1. Documentary politics: ontology, archaeology and aesthetics of the documentary

    2. Modes of documentary / Documentary as a language

    3. Animation and documentary: context and case studies


    2nd part:

    1. Film preservation: FIAF terminology and ethics for Animation

    2. What is an Animation Archive?

    3. Techniques Identification and Deteriorations

    4. Restoration of Animation Celluloids (Laminated Cels)

    5. Animation Digital Restoration: Sound and Image

  • Objectives


    1The main goals are: discuss concepts linked to documentary such as "truth", "authenticity", and "reality"; analyze how documentary has often been appropriated in Western culture in a capitalist and colonialist ideology to produce "documents" of cultural legitimization; discuss documentary as a filmic language; analyze the role of animation in its relationship with documentary.

    (By deconstructing commonplaces about documentary filmmaking, students are able to recognize the characteristics of documentary so that they can apply them to the films they will make in the future.)

    2The students will be aware that a film needs special cares after its production and distribution. They will learn the principles of Animation Preservation from the materiality of the film until our contemporary digital era. They will acquire a basic knowledge about conservation, restoration and dissemination of the Animation Heritage.


  • Teaching methodologies and assessment

    Teaching methodologies and assessment

    The classes will be based on the presentation of a problem and its discussion using bibliographic examples and films.

    The evaluation is done through the presentation of a short essay/analysis of a documentary film with a maximum of 1500 words (Times New Roman, size 12) on the first part of the program and delivered until October 15th. The evaluation of the second part of the program is done by the student's participation in class and will be averaged with the first part.

  • References


    animation: an interdisciplinary journal, vol.6, n. 3 (November, 2011)

    Honess Roe, A. (2013). Animated Documentary. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

    Murray J. and Erlich, N. eds. (2019). Drawn from Life. Issues and Themes in Animated Documentary Cinema. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press

    International Journal of Film and Media Art, vol. 1, n. 1 (2016); vol. 3, n. 1 (2018);  vol. 4, n. 2 (2019); vol. 6, n. 3 (2021)

    Nichols, B. (2001). Introduction to Documentary. Bloomington: Indiana University Press

    Minh-ha, T. T. (1990). Documentary Is/Not a Name. October, vol. 52, Spring, pp. 76-98

    Steyerl, H. (2009). Documentary Uncertainty

    Ward, P. (2005). Documentary: The Margins of Reality. London: Wallflower Press

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