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Class 02 | 04 Oct 2019

  1. Studio activities
    1. Exercise 01: Constraints
    2. Exercise 02: Sensations
      1. Identifying sensations
      2. Imagining sensations
      3. Sensations free-write
      4. Communicating
    3. Assignment: Sensations
    4. Assignment: Daily videos

Studio activities

This week in class we presented:

…and also did the following exercises:

Exercise 01: Constraints

1 minute, working alone

Take 2 cards. Write down one constraint that could be used when making a video on each card. Write the constraints as clearly as possible.

Examples could include:

  • Only film in a bathtub
  • Shoot everything backwards
  • Use black and white

Exercise 02: Sensations

Identifying sensations

5 minutes, working alone

Draw a vertical line down the middle of a piece of paper. Write ‘good’ on one side and ‘bad’ on the other.

Everybody has strong reactions to specific stimuli. These can be nice or pleasant sensations, but sometimes they are extremely unpleasant. Often they can seem irrational when we describe them to other people.

Write a list of physical sensations which evoke a strong reaction within you, good or bad. Your sensations should have a physical ‘trigger’, such as a touch, taste, smell, sight, or sound. Try to be as specific as possible, and highlight sensations which provoke a particularly strong reaction. The sensations can be from a memory, or something you experience every day. They can be things which everyone knows, but they’ll be best if they are things which you feel strongly.

Examples from the class:

  • the feeling of licking a dry wooden popsicle stick (bad!)
  • the feeling of holding a hot coffee on a cold day, watching the steam rise (good!)
  • the feeling of wet fingers on an over-starched hotel towel (bad!)
  • the sensation of having cold, wet hair (bad!)
  • the sound of white noise (good!)

At the end of the 5 minutes, identify the strongest good and the strongest bad sensation and highlight them.

Imagining sensations

2 minutes (1 minute per sensation), in group

Close your eyes and imagine the nice sensation. Immerse yourself in it. How do you experience it? When did you first experience it? How does it make you feel?

Repeat for the bad sensation. Immerse yourself in it. How do you experience it? When did you first experience it? How does it make you feel?

Sensations free-write

5 minutes, working alone

Choose one of your good/bad sensations, and write as much as you can about it on a fresh sheet of paper. Anything that’s relevant or related is fine. How can you convey the sensation to another person? Are there metaphors which can help? When did you experience it? What are the surrounding conditions?

Try to keep your pen moving as much as possible. If it’s easier, write in your first language. You don’t have to show this writing to anyone: it is simply to get you thinking about your idea.

Note – for the curious, this is a technique called free writing. It’s useful for losing inhibitions and breaking creative blocks.


10 minutes, in pairs

Pick a partner. You have ten minutes to find out as much as you can about their sensation, and to tell them as much as you can about yours.

Assignment: Sensations

You have to make a short film (~30-60 seconds) about your partner’s sensation. You are not allowed to show any faces in the film, or directly depict the sensation itself. Your job is to find visual metaphors which can work to describe your partner’s sensation.

You will also be assigned a constraint which somebody else has written from Exercise 01. If you weren’t in the class, please use one of the following constraints:

  • your film must be shot backwards
  • you can only shoot with miniature models
  • your finished film must loop
  • your film must be shot in one take

You must upload your film to this link before Thursday.

Upload your film here

Assignment: Daily videos

Don’t forget to also make your daily rules-based videos!

⏱️ Pro tip: bookmark the form on your phone and you can upload in seconds.

Upload daily videos here