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Public Lecture: Story Design in Short Fiction Film

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STORY DESIGN IN THE SHORT FICTION FILM

(90 minute talk, including Q & A)

The purpose of this talk is to propose a non-formulaic model that can be used as a way of understanding how short films tell their stories when they are at their best and also as a set of guidelines during script development for short films. Unlike sequential models, which focus on a series of steps a story is presumed to pass through as it unfolds, the present approach is based on the view that short film storytelling can best be understood in terms of opposing properties that balance one another in a dynamic interplay. Seven forms of interplay or balance will be proposed, each illustrated by a short film that will be shown in its entirety. From the start, a distinction will be drawn between the short film and another format with which is it often confused and which in Scandinavia is called the “novellefilm.”

One of the points I try to make in my talks is that the SHORT FILM and a longer form, which in Scandinavia we call the NOVELLEFILM, are often confused. The novellefilm, is basically a miniature feature film, and is the preferred form for graduation films at film schools. The short film - which is what I work with - is typically 6 or 8 minutes long and is an art form in its own right, with storytelling properties that differ radically from those of the feature film.


RICHARD RASKIN

Born in New York in 1941, Richard Raskin teaches screenwriting and video production at Aarhus University in Denmark. He is the editor of a peer-reviewed journal, Short Film Studies, published in the UK. He has served on juries at international film festivals in France, Belgium, India, Germany, England, Scotland, Ireland, Holland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark, and frequently lectures on storytelling in the short film at film schools and film festivals in a number of countries. His books include Kortfilmen som fortælling (2001) and The Art of the Short Fiction Film: A Shot by Shot Study of Nine Modern Classics (2002) and his articles have appeared in such journals as Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte, Film History, Journal of Media Practice, Asian Cinema, P.O.V. – A Danish Journal of Film Studies and The Canadian Journal of Film Studies. Two short films based on his screenplays have been funded by New Danish Screen and have won a number of awards at international film festivals. He is also co-founder of a new Professional Bachelor of Arts program in Multiplatform Storytelling and Production in Denmark.

Website: www.raskin.dk


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