Module: Mythology of the Self

There is no autobiography, only automythology.

This module looks at the personal voice of the filmmaker. Taking the genre of ‘essay film’ as a starting point, we will explore how the filmmaker relates to their surroundings and personal history, and how best to transform, disguise, exaggerate and lie about their feelings through art in order to reach more fundamental (and entertaining) truths.

Samples

Aphorisms

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Exercises

Think of an object or a phenomenon that is very close to you. It might be Coca-Cola, it might a scarf your grandmother knitted for you, or the feeling you get on a bumpy bus ride. Design a 30-second commercial for it.

Selected Filmography

Pyaasa (Guru Dutt)
Weather Diaries (George Kuchar)
Perfumed Nightmare (Kidlat Tahimik)
Thus a Noise Speaks (Kaori Oda)
Cowards Bend The Knee (Guy Maddin)
Walden/Lost Lost Lost (Jonas Mekas)
Epidemic (Lars Von Trier)

When I open my eyes in the morning, I see a film. – Gotovac.