Moving images are becoming increasingly important in contemporary media formats. Just as traditional disciplines such as photography, film, the graphic arts and illustrating overlap, so too the digital media are converging. Contemporary design approaches are opening up new perspectives in both the applied and fine arts. The specialisation Short Motion takes up these developments, offering artists from a range of disciplines the opportunity to enhance their skills in the field of moving images. Students learn about story development, storyboarding, dramaturgy, film and sound recording techniques, editing and rhythm, as well as audio-visual post-production in short and ultra-short, often cross-platform projects.
In focused experiments with creative tools and media forms, students explore the possibilities of short-format visual storytelling: contemporary moving image formats force filmmakers to analyse – and thus to extend – their visual vocabulary and storytelling repertoire. The technical foundations of audio-visual media are undergoing permanent change, constantly bringing new recording and playback technology onto the market. Currently 3D films, 360º headsets, High Frame Rate (HFR) and 3D audio – not to mention minimised and oversized displays – are all creating a demand for appropriate filmic storytelling techniques, to include in ever shorter formats. Ultra-short films are indeed fragmentary, but in the form of clusters or series of several thematically or formally linked moving images, they not only attain significant length but also communicate highly complex subject matter. Just as do experimental films, they often challenge viewers to deduce this subject matter themselves from the work’s interstices and omissions. Storytelling strategies that make no claim to complete control over the narrative are especially applicable here.
The specialisation in Short Motion allows students to develop their own filmic storytelling projects and present them for discussion. The goal of the specialisation is to produce independent works, or works developed to commission, that are innovatively relevant to social, political, scientific, journalistic or cultural contexts. Final projects are oriented to students’ individual professional goals and may thus differ greatly in orientation.
The prerequisites for this specialisation are a bachelor’s degree in a design-related field (for instance video, graphic design, illustration, animation, photography, new media, art or architecture) and experience with moving images, animation, video or film. The specialisation in Short Motion is directed by Robert Müller.