This is a one‐week workshop open to all who are interested in the relationship between architecture and cinema. No filmmaking experience is expected.
The target of the workshop is to make a short film not longer than 3 minutes within the boundaries of the city of Belfast. As part of the CACity (Cinema and Architecture in the City) Research Group activities, founded in 2014 and funded by the Institute of Collaborative Research for the Humanities at Queen’s University Belfast, and in partnership with PLACE and Queen’s Film Theatre, architecture and film specialist Dr Gul Kacmaz Erk has devised Vacant/Occupied for individuals interested in filming architecture and the city, in collaboration with filmmaker Paddy Cahill.
Film makes use of design variables such as light, colour, movement, texture, pattern, scale, and transparency as a significant aspect of its narration. Form, space, time, context, nature, sound, text, fabric and other design elements are all included in the core of a film. So how can we benefit from filmmaking to express our ideas on architecture and the city? Can film be a bridge between architects and the public? With these questions in mind, we will view and discuss films about architecture and the city, and re‐produce Belfast through film. Doing so, we intend to develop an awareness of the relationship between cinema and architecture in the city.
Whether you are a Belfast inhabitant or a visitor to the city, you will be making a short film in and about Belfast within the theme of Vacant/Occupied. The theme may include concepts such as vacancy, dereliction, emptiness, transition, transformation, occupation, inhabitation, dwelling, territory, space, and place, which we will be talking about throughout the workshop in relation to the films screened and produced. In this workshop, theory and practice are brought together. A theoretical basis on the relationship of film and urban architecture will be provided through discussion. Guest tutors will enrich the dialogue. We will explore the world of cinema to portray our ideas about cities and the built environment.
You are also encouraged to submit your film to a film festival and/or conference after the workshop.
For more information on CACity, go to www.cacity.org