The IPP Workshop Series: Reading Culture: Established and Emerging Approaches
Jan 23, 2018
from 02:00 to 04:00
|Where||Phil I, Building B, R.025|
|Contact Name||Elizabeth Kovach|
|Contact Phone||+49 641 / 99-30 055|
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Max Bergmann: Situating Film Montage: Cultural and Technological Developments
An integral part of film in terms of storytelling, style and practical aspects, this workshop aims to introduce the participants to the history of film montage and its theories as a window into film history and analysis. Montage has undergone broad changes since the inception of narrative film, moving from the continuity system and its clear establishment of space and time to more disorienting examples during the new waves of the 1960s and ‘70s. In recent years, the average shot length has been greatly reduced and montage has sped up, creating a sort of “Chaos Cinema” (Stork). On the other hand, the diverging trend of slow cinema corresponds to other slow movements and underlines montage as a reflection of complex cultural developments.
Understanding the history of montage with help of key theories from classic approaches (Bordwell) to post-structuralist (Deleuze) and more recent ideas involving affect theory (Shaviro), the participants will gain a deeper understanding of film, its various components (editing, storytelling rhythm, camera movements) and the cultural as well as technological contexts it is part of. As will become apparent, these aspects are all closely connected to montage and its changing form, making it the perfect entry point into film analysis.