Artist in Residence: Franz Rodenkirchen
From May to October of this year, script consultant Franz Rodenkirchen will be Artist in Residence at the Netherlands Film Academy and its master’s department. In that period he will conduct research into the challenges that face traditional script writing.
The landscape of filmmaking is changing rapidly. Fuelled by decreasing funding opportunities, an increased need for film projects to define their core audience and shifting modes of consumption, filmmakers, especially the so-called Arthouse or independent scene, are facing many challenges to turn their projects into films. At the same time there are shifts in the traditional fields of filmmaking, with people from a Fine Arts background venturing into fiction film and more classical filmmakers looking for alternative channels (often web-based) to connect with an audience. Despite all those challenges, the way film projects are evaluated and eventually funded still very much hinges on a traditional idea of scriptwriting. Every filmmaker who plans to make a feature-length fiction film needs to apply for money with a diverse array of funding bodies that require a standard-length script. Yet there appear to be more and more filmmakers who find their film projects unfitting for the traditional evaluation process. Maybe even more challenging is the question: how to write something that is essentially meant to communicate visually?
In his residency Franz Rodenkirchen will take these observations, which stem from his work as a script consultant for many European art house films, as a starting point for his research period. During this period Rodenkirchen will form a research group with a select group of students, he will tutor individual master students who work on developing alternative forms of cinematic narration and give classes on issues relating to his research subject.
Kick-off for the residency is a public lecture Rodenkirchen will give on May 7, from 19.30 – 21.30 at the Film Academy, under the title ‘Different times, different scripts. Or: how can we write cinema’. This lecture is part of the Master of Film Lecture Series, held every other Tuesday.
Please use the online RSVP form if you want to attend the lecture.
About Franz Rodenkirchen
Franz Rodenkirchen (1963) is a well-known German script consultant and tutor, working among others for the Binger Filmlab and various festivals. The film projects he advised on include Grbavica (Jasmila Zbanic), Lourdes (Jessica Hausner), Women without Men (Shirin Neshat), and Lore (Cate Shortland). Many of the projects not only made it to the competitions of the major film festivals (Cannes, Berlin, Toronto, Sundance...), but received awards as well.
Artists in Residence
Franz Rodenkirchen succeeds Peter Delpeut, Horst Rickels and Eyal Sivan as Artist in Residence at the Film Academy. Artist in Residence (AIR) is a programme of the research group Art Practice and Artistic Development in cooperation with various institutes of the Amsterdam School of the Arts / www.air.ahk.nl
Results of the AIR programme are published in the periodic magazine ON AIR.