Undergraduate Degree




DF3010 Experimental Film Production

[Studio Contact Hours: 39 hours; Pre-requisites:Nil; Academic Unit: 3.0]




Academic Unit


3 AU

Course Description


Learning Objective

Through practice-based teaching, to introduce to students the concepts and practices of film production found in different experimental genres of film. This class will bring alternative methods of narrative structure to the students, thus allowing them to find new ways of communicating their concepts in the film medium.


This is an entry-level course for experimental film production. The course focuses on the creation of films that allow experimentations in various forms of film production including: screenplay, mise-en-scene, scenography, music composition, sound design, and editing. The course will focus on the development of various alternate forms of non-narrative story structures available in film & video. They will be given assignments focusing on different experimental approaches to film production. The students will be conceptualizing, producing, filming and editing their own experimental films. After they successfully complete the course, they are expected to be able to handle all the aspects of the experimental filmmaking.

Course Outline




• Introduction to the course

2 - 6

• Experiments in conceptual development of non-linear story structures, cinematography, direction, music & sound design, post-production, etc.

• Assignments  on form, content, techniques, rhythm, and structures of the experimental films.

• Experiments with the material of the film 

- Structural experiments with filmmaking technologies


• Project and concept development 

- Ideation forming a unique poetic style

- Cinema, society and reality


• Mid Sem review of assignments

8 - 12

• Continuation, through work on the projects, of the principles and process covered in weeks 2 – 6

• Final project development


• Final review of assignments

Learning Outcome

The students will have a practice-based familiarity with experimental filmmaking. They will be able to use experimental and non-traditional approaches as part of their thinking processes in any creative practice that deals with moving images.

Student Assessment

  1. Final Assessment: 60%

  2. Continuous Assessment: 40%

Continuous assessment components will include:

  • Studio-based exercises and projects

  • Individual, group and team-based assignments

  • Class participation


Suggested Reading:

  1. Elena Oumano, Cinema Today, Rutgers University Press

  2. Michelangelo Antonioni, The Architecture of Vision, The University of Chicago Press

  3. Jonathan Rosenbaum, Goodbye Cinema, Hello Cinephilia; Film Culture in Transition, The University of Chicago Press

  4. Jim Hillier Ed., Cahiers du Cinema: 1950s, Neo-Realism, Hollywood, New Wave, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts

  5. Jim Hillier Ed., Cahiers du Cinema: 1960s, New Wave, New Cinema, Reevaluating Hollywood, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts