The course has two components: a first part in which students view and discuss Italian films featuring cities in Emilia Romagna, including Federico Fellini’s “Amarcord” (Rimini), Florestano Vancini’s “La lunga notte del ’43” (Ferrara), Michelangelo Antonioni’s “Il deserto rosso” (Ravenna), Renato De Maria, “Paz” (Bologna), and Pupi Avati, “Gli amici del bar Margherita” (Bologna).
In the second part of the course, students will engage in a filmmaking lab and will be guided through the various stages of making a film. Units of the lab will include screenwriting, photography, framing, and editing. In the second part of the course guest lectures by screenwriters, directors and/or directors of photography, and editors explain the technical aspects of filmmaking to students. Final course project will be the production of a short film written, filmed, and edited by students working in small groups.