Fluid Filmmaking

a workshop from Lucy Blasche and Rachel Micallef Somerville

The workshop takes an interdisciplinary approach and aims to conflate elements of physical theatre, feminist film theory and improvisation in an attempt to explore alternative modes of storytelling and to reimagine the role of the camera as a pulsating, autonomous component in the filmmaking process. The workshop is divided into five parts and split into two days.

On day one, the focus will be both practical and theoretical. We will explore the embodiment of elements (earth, water, fire, air) and create figures out of them. We will then delve into the notion of the ‘human tripod’, incorporating movement and rhythm into camera work and viewing the camera as an extension of one’s body rather than a restriction. The day will end with an introduction to a specific aspect of feminist film theory, which attempts to reshape structural and thematic paradigms in cinema.

Day two will be mostly practical, starting with a workout to set the body in motion and tapping back into the figures created and embodied on the previous day. The participants will then shoot their own short film, where they will incorporate the knowledge and techniques gathered throughout the workshop, and where working with intuition and improvisation will be highly encouraged. This will be followed by screenings, feedback and discussions about the work.

This workshop is open to everyone, especially those with a curiosity to immerse themselves in the intersection of physical performance and filmmaking, with a strong emphasis on reimagining traditional film practices and engaging with feminist film theory.