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Editing Movement and Dance for the Screen Masterclass with Simon Fildes
Thu, Jun 1, 2017, 10:00 AM – Fri, Jun 2, 2017, 4:30 PM BST
An intensive 2 day workshop for a maximum of 15 video-makers & dance-makers interested in exploring the creative interface of screen-based dance through editing. Simon will share his 20 plus years experience of editing dance on screen, in this practical and philosophical examination of the creative process. Simon's blog is at www.fildes.work
Each evening there will be a free screening of works from the Perth Screendance Awards selection and participants also have an option to take part in creating a multicamera live streaming event on Saturday 3rd. Details to be announced.
This workshop will:
- Explore some exercise around watching and being watched, working without technology
- Encourage an understanding of what motivates and inspires us as makers and artists.
- Look at what is needed for a dynamic, visually engaging edit.
- Examine kinaesthetic responses and rhythmic techniques.
- Give practical tips and techniques for identifying ‘what feels right’ in an edit.
- Discuss issues of aesthetics, time and choreography in the edit.
- Discuss different approaches to structuring a work.
Simon's aim as a facilitator will be to seek a perfect balance between teaching, experimentation, enquiry and support. The emphasis of this workshop is on practice rather than product. Participants will explore how camera and editing techniques can capture the characteristics of dance performance – spontaneity, energy, presence and connection to the audience. There will be some times for the pursuit of personal interests and reflection that can be shared with the group and there will many points in the sessions that will involve working without technology. The workshop will be focused around investigation, practice, generating ideas, questions and debate; as such there will be periods at the ends of the days for discussion.
The core aim of the workshop is to be thinking about what is needed for an edit, and what happens in an edit to create a final work that can be a crafted and engaging experience for the viewer.
What is it we are trying to make?
Participants interested in joining this workshop can come with ideas they wish to pursue and they can also come empty handed but curious. However, everyone is invited to come with a spirit of open-mindedness, so that this week can hold surprises and discoveries for us all. There is no pressure to create a piece of work. Participants should be prepared to talk about themselves, their lives, their own creative experiences and practice.
Dancer or Video Maker? People can opt to attend the workshop as a dancer, or video dance-maker, or both. Some people may move between the two areas of activity. During some parts of each day, the entire group will work and watch together, and at other times, smaller groups will form to explore particular ideas, tasks or projects.
This is not a novice workshop. Participants should if possible come with some experience of filming and using editing software, although it’s not necessary it does mean we can avoid running over the technical basics. You should bring a laptop with some editing software on it and prior to the workshop be able to download some video clips.