Channel your inner Godard or Truffaut and break the rules of conventional filmmaking. Create original, experimental works while living in the City of Lights.
One of the most captivating cities in Europe, Paris retains its timeless legacy as an artistic, intellectual, and literary pacesetter. The Eiffel Tower, symbol of the city, dominates the skyline. North of the Seine, the Right Bank is home to monumental buildings, grand boulevards, and major museums, including the Louvre and the Centre Pompidou. The Left Bank (rive gauche) invokes a Bohemian and intellectual atmosphere with its university communities, cafés, restaurants, jazz clubs, and chic boutiques. NYU Paris is located in the Latin Quarter, the thriving historic and intellectual heart of Paris where students have the opportunity to benefit from the numerous cultural, artistic, and academic institutions of this celebrated neighborhood.
In this program you will become familiar with the unfamiliar. As you screen avant-garde films from some of the greatest French experimental filmmakers, you will learn the language of French experimental cinema. You will understand how the filmmakers have challenged conventions and then bring those techniques into your own films.
Field trips include visits to le Musee de Louvre, Jeu de Paume Museum, Musee d'Orsay and the Cinematheque Francais, as well as contemporary video art galleries.
"Without making an experimental film, I think I wouldn't have expanded my conceptualization of story as much as I have now."
— Saunder Boyle, Experimental Production Workshop,
You will enroll in the following two courses for a total of 7 units.
IFMTV-UT 1049 | 4 Units | Instructor: Darrell Wilson
A production course in which students experiment with non-narrative approaches to content, structure, technique, and style. Themes and orientations include many possibilities, such as music, choreography, visual or audio art, investigations of rhythm, color, shape, and line; poetry, fragmentation and collage, abstraction, performance; and subversion of linear narrative and documentary conventions. Working in groups of four, you will direct and edit one performance-based project shot on location, and direct, edit and sound design one final proposed video. (Prospective students who wish to direct films are encouraged to obtain a list of proposal guidelines for each section from the professor before the semester begins.) Note: Films produced for Intermediate Experimental Workshop will not be eligible for awards in the First Run Film Festival if they are longer than 15 minutes, including titles. All films produced in Intermediate Experimental Workshop will be screened if entered in the First Run Festival, but those longer than 15 minutes will not be judged.
IFMTV-UT 1002 | 3 Units | Instructor: Darrell Wilson
This class is a critical examination of experimental film and video with and emphasis on makers in France. There are no criteria for an avant-garde film or video, only the expectation that by watching it a viewer will be introduced to a challenging, refreshingly unfamiliar language that, by the end of the piece, he or she will have begun to speak. This new language many be politically confrontational, aesthetically difficult, lyrical, or rhythmical, but no matter what the form, it will express the particular vision of the artist who produced it. Challenging as this work may be for any audience, a close viewing of these “avant-garde” pieces will expand on your appreciation of their poetry and complexity. Whether you call these films experimental, alternative, independent, personal or poetic, they share very little save for their adventurous desire to reawaken those dormant visual and aural sensibilities that may have been hypnotized into years of sleep by too much commercial, mainstream media.