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UB Department of Media Study to Offer Summer Workshop on "The Poetics of Movement"

By David Wedekindt

Release Date: April 29, 2005

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo Department of Media Study will offer a hands-on, two-week intensive workshop to teach filmmaking and digital arts as collaborative tools for exploration of movement. Although the workshop will focus on the intersection of dance, theatre and the visual arts, this class is intended for everyone interested in learning to film the moving image and these workshops are often taken by sports photographers and others concerned with recording movement. No previous media making experience is necessary.

Elliot Caplan, Director of the Center for the Moving Image in the UB Department of Media Study will instruct the workshops. An Emmy Award-winning producer, Caplan served as filmmaker in residence at the Cunningham Dance Foundation from 1983 until January 1998, collaborating with Merce Cunningham and John Cage in the production of films and videos. Together, their work has aired nationally on PBS, Bravo, A&E and internationally in 35 countries. He also served as co-director with chorographer Michael Kidd of the Dance/Film/Video Workshop at the Sundance Institute.

The workshop will meet daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from May 30 to June 12 in the Center for the Arts. Students will learn the basics of camera operation, lighting, sound and editing as well as Caplan's own innovative approach to capturing movement on film. Students will be individually guided throughout the process and their work will be critiqued daily. The cost of the workshop is $600 and advanced registration is required.

For more information please call Kate Anderson at 645-6902 ext. 1494 or email andersoc@buffalo.edu. The UB Media Study Web site is http://www.mediastudy.buffalo.edu.