Do quality short films deserve close and comprehensive study? If you would answer that question with a resounding 'yes', then the journal called Short Film Studies is likely to interest you. At this symposium, we will launch the eighth issue of the journal, focusing on the two prize-winning short films singled out for close study in the issue.
We will be privileged to have both filmmakers with us for a discussion of key aspects of each of the films, under the firm supervision of editor Richard Raskin. There will be ample room for members of the audience to play an active role in the discussion. A genuine vitamin injection for anyone who wants to understand what makes a short film tick, and a competence boost for filmmakers at all levels.
Short Film Studies is a peer-reviewed journal from Intellect Journals published in the U.K., designed to stimulate ongoing research on individual short films as a basis for a better understanding of the art form as a whole. In each issue, two or three short films will be selected for comprehensive study, with articles illuminating each film from a variety of perspectives.
Please find a PDF with abstracts of the articles for each film below.
Richard Raskin (b. 1941), founding editor of Short Film Studies, is associate professor at Aarhus University, where he teaches screenwriting and video production. His books include The Art of the Short Fiction Film (McFarland, 2002). For many years he edited P.O.V. – A Danish Journal of Film Studies, a journal he also founded. Short films based on his screenplays have been funded by New Danish Screen and the West Danish Film Fund and screened at international film festivals.
Kroppen vår husker mer enn vi kan forestille oss. Den husker sorgen og smerten til våre forgjengere. Den holder historiene til våre foreldre og besteforeldre levende, såvel som deres forfedre. Hvor langt bakover er det mulig å strekke seg i din kroppslige hukommelse?
Our body remembers more than we imagine. It remembers the sorrow and pain of our predecessors. It keeps alive the stories of our parents and grandparents as well as their ancestors. How far back is it possible to go in your bodily memory?
Script, editing, decors: Ülo Pikkov | Camera: Raivo Möllits | Animation: Märt Kivi | Sound engineer, sound editing: Tiina Andreas | Music: Mirjam Talli | Special effects: Raivo Möllits
This is a seminar with an invitation to contribute to a future issue of Short Film Studies, a peer-reviewed journal published in the U.K. Two short films will be shown in their entirety at this event – the two modern classics that will be singled out for close study in the Spring 2015 issue: DET PERFEKTE MENNESKE is one of the best known and most remarkable experimental films of the 20th century, and BEAN CAKE, inspired by a Japanese folktale, won the Golden Palm Award for Best Short Film at Cannes in 2001 and richly deserves continued attention.
The purpose of this seminar is to encourage potential contributors to submit brief articles on these films to Short Film Studies before the September 30th deadline. Submission guidelines will be presented by Richard Raskin, the journal's editor, and participants will have a chance to ask questions about possible approaches to the films as well as submission procedures. However, taking part in this seminar involves no obligation of any kind and anyone interested simply in seeing the two films would be more than welcome.
DNK 1967 | Exp. | 13 min
Director: Jørgen Leth
DET PERFEKTE MENNESKE (The Perfect Human)
Et vakkert ungt par fungerer som demonstrasjonsobjekter i et rom med disseksjonsbelysning. Vi får se hvordan mennesket blir formet av de roller som tildeles. Et metadokument over livet i Danmark anno 1967.
A beautiful young couple are used as demonstration objects in a room with dissection lighting. We get to see how people are shaped by the roles assigned. A meta document of life in Denmark anno 1967.
Script: Jørgen Leth, Ole John | Camera: Henning Camre, Ole John | Editor: Knud Hauge | Sound: Kai Gram Larsen | Music: Henning Christiansen Cast: Claus Nissen, Maiken Algren, a.o.
Production: Laterna Film
USA 2001 | Fic. | 12 min
Director: David Greenspan
BEAN CAKE (Ohagi)
På sin første skoledag, i Tokyo i 1933, lærer Uchida at enkelte ting er viktigere enn favorittmaten.
On his first day at school in 1933, in Tokyo, Uchida learns that some things are more important than his favorite snack.
Script: Noriko Kimura, David Greenspan, Chris Zeller | Camera: Bryan Donnell | Editing, Sound designer: David Greenspan | Cast: Sayaka Hatano, Ryuichi Miyakawa, Chikara Inoue