Moving Body / Moving Image
2 August – 3 September 2021
Explore the joy of creating movement work for screen with critically acclaimed dance for screen artist Becky Edmunds.
Through practical exploration, screenings and discussion, we will explore movement in the frame, the relationship of the camera to that movement, the potential for editing to shape rhythm, pattern and dynamic change, and how sound can be sculpted to emphasise and support the visual experience.
Over 4 weeks participants will receive pre-recorded materials and screenings to watch in advance of weekly online group discussion sessions. Weekly practical tasks will explore distinct areas of filmmaking with each participant receiving personalised feedback from the tutor.
6 hours per week: 3 hours of watching prerecorded materials and completing practical tasks + 3 hours in online discussion session
Over 4 weeks:
30 August – 3 September
Detailed schedule below.
It is recommended that participants have access to:
- a camera (a mobile phone camera is fine)
- a computer that is capable of running some kind of edit software
- Da Vinci Resolve is a free edit software and is recommended.
Who’s it for?
- People who have previous experience in making screen work
- Those who have never picked up a camera or edited before
- People with experience of any aerial skill or equipment.
Everyone can approach the tasks with whatever technical knowledge they have (or don’t have), so please don’t feel intimidated if you don’t yet have technical knowledge. Equally, if you do have technical filmmaking skills, this course will push you to try new methods and approaches. The aim of this course is not to find out how films should be made, but to experiment with how films could be made, if approached from a dance or choreographic practice.
Early Bird: £150 per person, if booked on/before 11 July 2021
Full Rate: £175 per person, if booked on/after 12 July 2021
Subsidised: there are 2 subsidised places available for those who identify as underrepresented in the aerial sector, including but not limited to, disabled artists, artists from financially disadvantaged backgrounds, artists who experience racism, artists with care responsibilities and artists who are LGBTQIA+.
Fees include 12-hours of curated viewing materials, 12-hours guided discussion sessions and personalised feedback on all participant generated materials.
Places are limited to 16 participants to enable personalised feedback and available on a first come first served basis.
To book, email us with a short expression of why you would like to take part in the course (roughly 500 characters).
To apply for a subsidised place, please email us with a description of yourself in relation to the criteria and a short expression of why you would like to take part in the course (roughly 500 characters).
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- Video 1. Introduction to the course, released Mon 2nd Aug.
- Video 2. Screening 1. Framing movement – shaping the space.
- Friday 6th August, 2-5pm: Discussion session. Followed by release of first audio walk, and practical task for the week
- Screening 2. Editing – creating a sense of time, released Mon 9th Aug
- Screening 3. Participant practical tasks from the week before.
- Friday 13th August, 2-5pm: Discussion session. Release of audio walk 2 and practical task
- Screening 4. Sound – it’s at least 50% of the experience! Released Mon 16th Aug
- Screening 5. Participant practical tasks from the week before.
- Friday 20th August, 2-5pm: Discussion session. Release of audio walk 3 and final practical task.
1 WEEK GAP
- Screening 6. Does gravity matter? Released Mon 30th Aug.
- Screening 7. Participant practical tasks from the week before.
- Friday 3rd Sept, 2-5pm: Discussion session.
Becky Edmunds is a video artist and documentary filmmaker. Originally trained as a dancer and choreographer, she worked in live performance until 2000, when she moved into a screen based practice. She has collaborated with a wide range of artists and organisations to create video works, including Florence Peake, Rosemary Lee, Station House Opera, Blast Theory, Rajni Shah, Fiona Wright, Caroline Bowditch, Gill Clarke, Independent Dance, Siobhan Davies Studios, Arts Council England and various dance agencies.
Becky has a choreographic moving image practice, which seeks to deepen the screen application of dance knowledge. The choreographic concerns of the rhythm, pattern and dynamic flow of movement are combined with a documentary practice to produce works that are a hybrid of the observed and the constructed. Her short films and installations have been shown at film festivals internationally. She was artist in residence at both Video Danza BA in Argentina and SHOOT Dance for Camera Festival in Sweden. Her feature documentary Turn Your F^*king Head was published by Routledge in 2014.
From 2010 to 2015 Becky worked in collaboration with fellow artist Lucy Cash under the company name of straybird – a platform for co-curated and co-directed projects. straybird developed and produced a number of innovative projects including the curation of the What If… and What Matters festivals at Siobhan Davies Studios and Small Matters and Stray Gifts (to be claimed by whoever shall find) at Dance Umbrella.