CARA: The CILECT African Regional Association                2012 Cape Town Conference:        Through Film Praxis to Crit...
Through Film Praxis to Critical Theory –                starring Michel Foucault,              by Alan Taylor, Greg du Ter...
“We already knowtheory is bad for usbefore it arrivesbecause, likespinach, it is decidedby others that it isgood for us, ...
1. The institution2. The students3. The curricularCILECT African Regional Association Conference                 / Cape...
Histories: The HerosJourney 1971-2012Pretoria Film SchoolMotion Picture AcademyFilm Program    CILECT African Regional ...
ProfilesPrior ExperienceScope of Current Knowledge    CILECT African Regional Association Conference                   ...
3025                       24                                                                          Male2015   13      ...
CILECT African Regional Association Conference                 / Cape Town/ April 30th 2012                               ...
CILECT African Regional Association Conference                 / Cape Town/ April 30th 2012                               ...
The Curricular&The Place of Theory    CILECT African Regional Association Conference                     / Cape Town/ Ap...
Assignment BriefThe ConceptThe ProductCILECT African Regional Association Conference                 / Cape Town/ April...
THE INDY MINDSASSIGNMENT, aAimsObjectivesGrading CriteriaDeadline CILECT African Regional Association Conference      ...
THE INDY MINDSASSIGNMENT, bTheoristsResearchersFilmmakers CILECT African Regional Association Conference               ...
THE INDY MINDSASSIGNMENT, cThe ThinkingThe TheoriesTheir Life  CILECT African Regional Association Conference          ...
THE INDY MINDSASSIGNMENT, dThe PanopticonScriptingProduction ProcessCILECT African Regional Association Conference     ...
::::::::::::::::                   CILECT African Regional Association Conference                                    / Cap...
CILECT African Regional Association Conference                 / Cape Town/ April 30th 2012                               ...
FINALTHOUGHTS    CILECT African Regional Association Conference                     / Cape Town/ April 30th 2012          ...
T   Alan Taylor     Professor, Film Program, TUT, RSAH    Country Champion, Department of      Education, University of ...
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A Case Study from South Africa on the teaching of Film Theory via practice-based research. Presented to the CILECT African Regional Association Conference, "New trends in research, teaching and practice in motion picture production" Cape Town, 2012. By Alan Taylor and Gregory du Tertre.

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  • “You already know theory is bad for you before it arrives because, like spinach, it is decided by others that it is good for you, that you must have it that that there is always lots of it.” - Taylor, 2011Whether one is teaching and learning in a Film School or Art School, one recurring and increasingly fraught institutional complication emerges in answering the question: how are we to evolve essentially what were not long ago vocationally orientated curricular into the more academically demanding expectations of Higher Education to which most of us are now bound? The CILECT Conference of 2001 in Ljubljana was specifically focused on this issue. One of its several speakers, Tuula Mehtonon from Helsinki, crystallized the problem well: “Because our department is affiliated to a university, we are duty bound to direct students towards writing reflective and analytical material on their main subject”. Eleven years on, this talk and accompanying short film presentation is designed to contribute to this debate both within CILECT and beyond. It will detail one recent attempt by the speakers to extend and elaborate upon film student’s zones of proximal development - by directly engaging, that is, vocationally- orientated senior students with the sometimes forbidding realm of the critical tradition. As such the talk will explore the ‘Indy Minds’ Assignment Project as it was conceived at the Tshwane University Film Programme in 2011 where, not incidentally, the theory and analysis ‘spinach’ strand is a uniquely compulsory element across the curricular for all students.While Course Leader Dr. Alan Taylor will initially share the pedagogic considerations and strategies behind ‘Indy Minds’, senior student Gregory du Tertre (2012 M-tech student, proposed) will present and reflect upon his experience as director/writer of his team’s resultant 5 minute film - with its dramatic focus on a key plot point in the life and times of a leading critical thinker and author.The 20 minute talk and viewing will, it is hoped, prompt further debate concerning the raising the informed praxis of our new millennium Film Students and advance thereby our own duty-bound remit as recalled from Ljubljana, 2001.” END
  • The present Film Programme of the TUT was actually founded as the Pretoria Film School I 197 by Jamie Uys. Since then it has formed as the Motion Picture Academy whole part of the Teknikon of Pretoria and now cached inside Africa’s larges University of Technology. The present Film Programme curricular content, from directing, cinematography, through editing, directing, sound and technology, echoes standard courses that might be found around the world. As for the theory course is actually compulsory across the four-year programme and, like all other courses, is grounded by statute on inherited Study Guide determinations.
  • The present Film Programme of the TUT was actually founded as the Pretoria Film School I 197 by Jamie Uys. Since then it has formed as the Motion Picture Academy whole part of the Teknikon of Pretoria and now cached inside Africa’s larges University of Technology. The present Film Programme curricular content, from directing, cinematography, through editing, directing, sound and technology, echoes standard courses that might be found around the world. As for the theory course is actually compulsory across the four-year programme and, like all other courses, is grounded by statute on inherited Study Guide determinations.
  • The present Film Programme of the TUT was actually founded as the Pretoria Film School I 197 by Jamie Uys. Since then it has formed as the Motion Picture Academy whole part of the Teknikon of Pretoria and now cached inside Africa’s larges University of Technology. The present Film Programme curricular content, from directing, cinematography, through editing, directing, sound and technology, echoes standard courses that might be found around the world. As for the theory course is actually compulsory across the four-year programme and, like all other courses, is grounded by statute on inherited Study Guide determinations.
  • The present Film Programme of the TUT was actually founded as the Pretoria Film School in 1971 by Jamie Uys. Since then it has formed as the Motion Picture Academy while part of the Technicon of Pretoria and is now cached inside Africa’s larges University of Technology. The present Film Programme curricular content, from directing, cinematography, through editing, directing, sound and technology, echoes standard courses that might be found around the world. As for the theory course is actually compulsory across the four-year programme and, like all other courses, is grounded by statute on inherited Study Guide determinations.
  • Film Theory and Practice: Foucault

    1. 1. CARA: The CILECT African Regional Association 2012 Cape Town Conference: Through Film Praxis to Critical Theory - starring Michel Foucault A presentation by Alan Taylor & Greg du Tertre Film Program, TUT, South Africa April 30th 2012
    2. 2. Through Film Praxis to Critical Theory – starring Michel Foucault, by Alan Taylor, Greg du Tertre 1. Introduction, conceiving the assignment, Taylor 2. Applying the assignment, du Tertre 3. Film viewing: An Experiment in Time 4. Summary account q and a CILECT African Regional Association Conference / Cape Town/ April 30th 2012 2
    3. 3. “We already knowtheory is bad for usbefore it arrivesbecause, likespinach, it is decidedby others that it isgood for us, that thereis always lots of it andwith no choice, thatwe must have it.” -Taylor CILECT African Regional Association Conference / Cape Town/ April 30th 2012 3
    4. 4. 1. The institution2. The students3. The curricularCILECT African Regional Association Conference / Cape Town/ April 30th 2012 4
    5. 5. Histories: The HerosJourney 1971-2012Pretoria Film SchoolMotion Picture AcademyFilm Program CILECT African Regional Association Conference / Cape Town/ April 30th 2012 5
    6. 6. ProfilesPrior ExperienceScope of Current Knowledge CILECT African Regional Association Conference / Cape Town/ April 30th 2012 6
    7. 7. 3025 24 Male2015 13 13 Female 11 1110 7 8 Black 5 45 3 10 White State Private unsure TOTAL CILECT African Regional Association Conference / Cape Town/ April 30th 2012 7
    8. 8. CILECT African Regional Association Conference / Cape Town/ April 30th 2012 8
    9. 9. CILECT African Regional Association Conference / Cape Town/ April 30th 2012 9
    10. 10. The Curricular&The Place of Theory CILECT African Regional Association Conference / Cape Town/ April 30th 2012 10
    11. 11. Assignment BriefThe ConceptThe ProductCILECT African Regional Association Conference / Cape Town/ April 30th 2012 11
    12. 12. THE INDY MINDSASSIGNMENT, aAimsObjectivesGrading CriteriaDeadline CILECT African Regional Association Conference / Cape Town/ April 30th 2012 12
    13. 13. THE INDY MINDSASSIGNMENT, bTheoristsResearchersFilmmakers CILECT African Regional Association Conference / Cape Town/ April 30th 2012 13
    14. 14. THE INDY MINDSASSIGNMENT, cThe ThinkingThe TheoriesTheir Life CILECT African Regional Association Conference / Cape Town/ April 30th 2012 14
    15. 15. THE INDY MINDSASSIGNMENT, dThe PanopticonScriptingProduction ProcessCILECT African Regional Association Conference / Cape Town/ April 30th 2012 15
    16. 16. :::::::::::::::: CILECT African Regional Association Conference / Cape Town/ April 30th 2012 16
    17. 17. CILECT African Regional Association Conference / Cape Town/ April 30th 2012 17
    18. 18. FINALTHOUGHTS CILECT African Regional Association Conference / Cape Town/ April 30th 2012 18
    19. 19. T Alan Taylor  Professor, Film Program, TUT, RSAH  Country Champion, Department of Education, University of OxfordA  Contact: http://about.me/kinowordsN Gregory du TertreK  University Lecturer, Production (pt)  Postgraduate Research Student, TUT, RSAS  Contact: http://about.me/gregdut 19

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