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.

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.

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 University of the Arts /
Results of the AIR programme are published in the periodic magazine ON AIR.

Franz Rodenkirchen

Van mei tot oktober 2013 was script consultant Franz Rodenkirchen als Artist in Residence verbonden aan de Nederlandse Filmacademie. Hij onderzoekt recente uitdagingen op het gebied van het traditionele scenarioschrijven.

Door afnemende financieringsmogelijkheden en een groeiende behoefte voor filmprojecten om het publiek te definiëren, krijgen filmmakers te maken met vele uitdagingen om hun projecten om te zetten in films. De manier waarop filmprojecten worden geëvalueerd en gefinancierd is nog gebaseerd op een traditioneel idee van scenarioschrijven, terwijl steeds meer filmmakers hun projecten niet vinden passen binnen dit traditionele proces.

In zijn aanstelling nam Rodenkirchen deze bevindingen, die voortvloeiden uit zijn werk als script consultant voor Europese arthouse films, als uitgangspunt voor zijn onderzoek. Hij zette een onderzoeksgroep op met een selecte groep studenten, begeleidde masterstudenten die werkten aan de ontwikkeling van alternatieve vormen van filmische vertelling en lesgeven over onderwerpen gerelateerd aan zijn onderzoek.
De kick-off voor de Artist in Residence-periode van Frans Rodenkirchen was een openbare lezing aan de Filmacademie, getiteld Different times, different scripts. Or: how can we write cinema. De lezing was onderdeel van de Master of Film Lecture Series.

On Air

SEAS OF STORIES door Suzanne Wallinga (ON AIR 2014)


Lezing op Filmacademie Different Times, different scripts. Or, how can we write cinema?

De uitkomsten van zijn onderzoek naar alternatieve vormen van filmische vertellingen resulteerde in de installatie  'Lasting Moments’ in Eye Amsterdam (2013)