Online training course: “Short film, digital and 21st Century: new media, new uses, new paths”.

43rd Grenoble Open Air Short Film Festival : film analysis course.
22 June 2020. Published by Benoît Labourdette.
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The Grenoble Open Air Short Film Festival always starts with a two-day course. For the 43rd edition of the festival in 2020, the workshop is animated by Benoît Labourdette, and takes place in video, on the theme “Short film, digital and 21st Century: new media, new uses, new paths”.

Principle of the online course

The two days of the workshop will be accessible by videophone on June 30 and July 1, 2020, upon registration by email at contact cinemathequedegrenoble.fr. Each day is divided into 6 themes of one hour each. It is advisable to follow the whole course, but it is possible to attend specific themes.

Each hour starts with a 10-minute brainstorming session on the theme, between participants at a distance, via a collaborative mindmap. This brainstorming will structure the hour’s programme. Thus, this course is intrinsically participatory.

The course will end at the end of the second day with an hour and a half of more informal exchanges, to draw a participatory synthesis of the two days.

This course is open to both professionals and amateurs, i.e. those who love!

Course content

The cinematograph is, from the beginning, a technological innovation that has given rise to uses that its inventors would never have anticipated. The short film was its original cornerstone, and is becoming so again with the advent of digital technologies and all the new practices resulting from them. But what is becoming of cinema, this impure art par excellence, which brings together all the other arts? Where is it? In theatres, on platforms, in video games, on YouTube, in TikTok?

What is cinema, as an art, at the dawn of its second century of existence, in the contemporary world and in the future?

We will explore together, in a participative way, tracks of understanding for the future of cinema, in the historical, technical, sociological, economic, legal, and especially artistic dimensions.

The 12 themes

  1. Digital, technologies that come from afar.
    History of machines and media, basics of digital understanding.
  2. History of the short format.
    The short format is much more central to the history of cinema than we think, and will become more and more important.
  3. Amateurs and professionals, new cooperations.
    The relationship between the viewer / producer / broadcaster has been profoundly changed in the last 15 years. How to build new synergies, to overcome mutual fears and distrust.
  4. The new functions of images.
    Images, at the beginning, are memory. Today, images are becoming tools of conversation, and language in the primary sense of the term. How does this change the role of the cinematic art for humans?
  5. “The Long Tail”, the concept of the economy of the digital world.
    Discover contemporary economic thinking in the age of the web, which primarily concerns short films: long running times, culture of diversity, indirect economic models, etc.
  6. 2005, a pivotal year: the appearance of YouTube and the camera in mobile phones.
    There is a before and after 2005: the world was profoundly changed by two new technologies, as much as it was in 1895 when the “Cinematograph” appeared.
  7. Changes in the Economy of the Audiovisual Sector.
    What are the new business models? The mass market is turning into a mass of niches and the audiovisual sector is becoming hyper-specialized: cinemas, contemporary art, platforms, live performance, amateur practice...
  8. Piracy: lobbies and lies in the digital age.
    Legal, historical, technological, economic and political elements for an enlightened point of view on the stakes of what is called “piracy”.
  9. The trades, disappearances and inventions, how to think anti-piracy?
    The audiovisual professions are undergoing profound changes. Aesthetic creativity and innovation are much more essential than we think. How and where should they be cultivated?
  10. Heritage, a new challenge for modernity.
    Film libraries, archives, “heritage” is the beating heart of the future vitality of cinema (YouTube is a huge library, for example). What are the avenues for promoting works over the long term?
  11. When the spectators become emancipated.
    Today, we no longer consider a spectator, but a user, who lives an experience (cf. Arts as experience, John Dewey, 1934). What new complementarities need to be cultivated, particularly between venues and platforms?
  12. Future of cinematographic forms: the short film is the future of cinema.
    We don’t say it enough, the short film is the form of absolute moving images...

Planning

Tuesday, June 30, 2020
10:00-10:15 a.m. Introduction by Peggy Zejgman-Lecarme.
10:15-11:15 a.m. 1. Digital technologies have come a long way.
11:30-12:30 p.m. 2. History of the short format.
1:30-2:30 p.m. 3. Amateurs and professionals, new cooperations.
2:45-3:45 p.m. 4. The new functions of images.
4:00-5:00 p.m. 5. "The Long Tail", the concept of the economy of the digital world.
5:15-6:15 p.m. 6. 2005, a pivotal year: the appearance of YouTube and the camera in telephones.
Wednesday July 1st, 2020
10:00-10:15 a.m. Introduction by Peggy Zejgman-Lecarme.
10:15-11:15 a.m. 7. Economic Changes in the Audiovisual Sector.
11:30-12:30 p.m. 8. Piracy: lobbies and lies in the digital age.
1:30-2:30 p.m. 9. Jobs, disappearances and inventions, how to think anti-fragile?
2:45-3:45 p.m. 10. Heritage, the new challenge of modernity.
4:00-5:00 p.m. 11. When spectators become emancipated.
5:15, 6:15 p.m. 12. The future of cinematic forms: the short film is the future of cinema.
6:30-8:00 p.m. Informal exchange.

Benoît Labourdette

Benoît Labourdette is a filmmaker, educator, expert in new media and cultural innovation. He founded among others the "Festival Pocket Films" with the Forum des images in 2005, co-founded the "Fête du court métrage" with Isabelle Massot for the CNC in 2011 and the collaborative project "By my window" during the confinement in 2020. He produces, writes and directs fiction, documentaries, experimental, participatory and institutional films in innovative formats. His creative approach is multidisciplinary, he also works in the fields of painting, theatre, opera, photography, architecture and music. He provides advice and professional training to companies, institutions and communities in their technical, cultural and social innovation strategies, based on new technologies and new uses. He shares many resources on its website www.benoitlabourdette.com.

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