Helga Fanderl is one of a small number of filmmakers who continues to make serious formal innovations with Super 8. She was introduced to film in the mid 1980s and subsequently studied with Peter Kubelka and Robert Breer. Since the mid 1980s she has completed over six hundred short films. Most of them consist of a single roll of Super 8, lasting around three minutes, but many are shorter, and some but a single shot of a few seconds duration. Uniquely, all the films are edited in-camera. Helga Fanderl’s work is characterised by a fascination with grids, meshes and layers and the complex optical interplay between them. Her films arise from intense observation and a honed improvisatory approach that depends on rapid reactions and spilt second timing.
This workshop is aimed at artists and filmmakers with an empathy to Super 8 as it is an opportunity to hear one of the greatest exponents of Super 8 as a medium, discuss the many themes and concerns arising from her practice and the poetics of her Super 8 filmmaking.
"I am interested in communicating with the subject through the camera, condensing and giving form to what I perceive and also what I think and feel while I am filming. The camera is hand-held. One feels my presence behind. The process of transforming my perception of real world and real time into cinematic expression is complex. I feel enthusiastic about making a film while I am filming. In one gesture, as it were. That is a risk. Thus a film always reflects the process of its own creation. Making films means making time, or shaping time. What inspires me has often to do with patterns of movements. I pick up found rhythms, follow and play with them. When I film I am looking at things with greater care, and they seem to look back. That allows to experience them as if they were new and if they had no predefined signification, what in turn frees the perception from preset expectations. The lightweight and handy Super 8 camera is a fine instrument to catch the moment and to elaborate cinematic languages consistent with the ephemeral."
Under Helga’s tutelage, participants will explore the use of the Super 8 camera to capture and play with time and events, and think about stylistic devices and forms of representation (It’s use in improvisation and in observing mechanical, human and natural motion.)
Shooting a single roll of colour positive film between four people participants will explore ways of observing through the camera eyepiece, editing in camera, brevity and length of takes, improvising with film, and ways of shooting where the act of perceiving and filming are one and the same.
All films shot during the workshop will be hand processed and projected on the same day, all footage shot on the day will be available for you to take away at the end of the workshop. You advised to bring a camera to this course if you have one.
Please note the workshop includes admission to a screening and discussion at no.w.here between Helga and filmmaker Nicky Hamlyn on Wednesday 26th May, 7pm. All workshop participants are strongly advised to attend this event.