Friday, Oct 4 at 10:00 am – Sunday, Oct 6 at 5:00 pm
Seeing before words: Expanding Directions in The Observational Mode
Led by Adam Sekuler
“I come across this thing as a matter of chance, and maybe occasionally good judgment. I take the risk of shooting it because I think it might be interesting – then my job as an editor is to decide what it is saying, whether I want to use it, in what form, and where I’m going to place it.” – Fredrick Wiseman
The observational documentary is a style that requires patience from the maker, who often begins the process of filmmaking without knowing where the film will become. The Art of Observation is a three-day workshop exploring the theory and practice of observational documentary. Join UnionDocs and filmmaker Adam Sekuler in dissecting the traditional definition, history and practice of observational filmmaking. Participants in this intensive workshop will engage in conversations about the evolution of the observational mode by viewing works, hands-on exercises and conversations with guest artists Kazuhiro Soda and Iva Radivojevic.
Using a looking and listening technique, we’ll investigate how our eyes and ears connect us to space and to others. We will use elements of personal storytelling, narrative and environmental description to generate images and ideas; and then craft those images into the beginnings of observational documentary projects. The goal will be to present lived human experience in a way that respects the context in which that experience takes place, while still presenting an artistic point of view.
Hands on participation will consist of one day in the field, putting these concepts to work by practicing audio and camera work, and one day editing material captured. To keep course costs low, bringing your own camera and laptop is encouraged, though we’ll provide a few materials for those who don’t have equipment of their own.