In September 2021, we joined forces again with the Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam (AFFR) to organize the third edition of the online film and architecture studio, supervised by architect, curator and filmmaker Jord den Hollander.
Just as in the previous editions, this studio offered a comprehensive way to use cinematic language in architecture and urban design. It is a hands-on course that focuses on learning and understanding the narrative of filmmaking as a way to explore the built environment. Participants were introduced to the essential elements of filmmaking and learned how to relate these to architecture and the city. The focus of the studio was not so much on the technical aspects of filmmaking and postproduction, but rather on film as a way to structure your thoughts and to turn your findings into a gripping story.
The online Film and Architecture Studio was spread over a period of a month, allowing participants to conduct research in their immediate surroundings. During six online meetings we exchanged ideas and discussed the participants' progress with both the tutors involved as well as other participants in the course. These meetings were combined with a presentation by DOP Thomas Kist who worked together with directors as Theo van Gogh, Steve Buscemi and Stanley Tucci and who has been involved in many documentaries on architecture and the city. And the Italian anthropologist and filmmaker Elia Romanelli, involved in many cinematographic research projects in Rome and Venice and who's latest film was selected as the opening film of AFFR 2021.
The 12 participants are currently developing a series of short movies. In October we will get together in Rotterdam for the opening of the Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam 2021 'More Than houses' and the festive screening of our short movies in a real movie theater.
About Jord Den Hollander
After finishing his master's in architecture at the Technical University of Delft, Jord den Hollander followed a course in scenario writing at the Filmschool in London. This was the start of a hybrid career in which he often combined both disciplines. He has made documentaries about art and architecture, has written and directed internationally acclaimed television series for children about art and science, and he has designed a unique oeuvre that includes an architecture centre for children in Almere, a mobile kid’s library, a floating hotel and a tensegrity bicycle bridge. In 2002 he co-founded the Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam (www.affr.nl), the world’s biggest architecture film festival, for which he still acts as the main curator.
About Thomas Kist
Thomas Kist is an internationally renown cinematographer, screenwriter and art director, who worked together with famous directors such as Theo van Gogh, Steve Buscemi and Stanley Tucci. Thomas has worked on several documentaries, television programs and national and international films, including 06/05, Interview, Geldrop's weapon, Blind Date, 2/11 The Game of the Wolf and most recently Effigie, the winning film at the Cyprus International Film Festival.
About Elia Romanelli
Elia Romanelli is an anthropologist and filmmaker who studied in Rome and Turin. He made his first documentary 'Trans-lavoro' in 2006, followed by 'Belice 68/08' with Marianita Palumbo in 2007. In 2008 he founded the Studio Liz together with Elisa Pajer. For many years he has collaborated with the University of Ca 'Foscari (video communication), with the Jewish community of Venice (Jewish childhoods, Le Stones of Aldo) and with various literature festivals. In London he directs with Piero Vereni the artistic-anthropological project Slices of Life. Elia will be presenting his latest film at AFFR 2021.
Tuesday 7 September 2021
19:00 – 19:30 Welcome and introduction
19:30 – 20:30 Introduction on film & architecture by Jord den Hollander
20:30 – 21:00 Briefing on first assignment
Tuesday 14 September 2021
19:00 – 20:30Presentation and conversation with director of photography Thomas Kist
20:30 – 21:00 Questions and discussion on assignment
Thursday 16 September 2021
19:00 – 20:30 5-minute pitches on first ideas
20:30 – 21:00 wrap-up and reflection
Tuesday 21 September 2021
19:00 – 21:00 presentation of first results & feedback
Thursday 23 September 2021
19:00 – 21:00 presentation and conversation with anthropologist and filmmaker Elia Romanelli
20:30 – 21:00 questions and discussion on progression
Tuesday 28 September 2021
19:00 – 21:00 presentations & final feedback
Wednesday 6 October 2021
20:00 Opening AFFR 2021 at Theater Zuidplein Rotterdam
Thursday 7 October 2021
16:00 – 18:00 Final presentations at LantarenVenster in Rotterdam
The Film & Architecture Studio is organized by the Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam and the Independent School for the City. The studio is open to students and (young) professionals in the fields of architecture, design, cinematography and other urban studies. Although it might be useful, the film and architecture studio does not require any advanced knowledge in filmmaking or special equipment like cameras or editing tools. All recording tools are welcome, but a smartphone and laptop would work as bare essentials. The thirteenth Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam is centred around the theme “More Than Houses” and takes place from 6 – 10 October 2021. More info: www.affr.nl