Cinema + Architecture

New York/Paris

Spring 2013

Ila Bêka + Louise Lemoine, instructors

The quality of an architecture film should not be evaluated through the performance of its technical means but at the light of its intelligence, its fantasy and the relevance of the point of view adopted by a filmmaker. Through this course we attempted to awaken the students’ critical conscious. Students took on the role of the artist working with architecture through film. Through critical thinking students began to construct and contemplate cinematographic forms.  Rather than focus on perfect forms or Hollywood superproductions, this course sought to make students aware of cinematographic form as a language and tool to construct a narrative.

The course consisted of six sessions. The preliminary sessions focused on a more theoretical and critical analysis in order to understand the variety of possible answers to the question: how do you film architecture? The second phase of the course was devoted to the production of a personal or collective film project.