a filmmaking workshop
„HAIKU happens“ is a platform of
filmmaking, a new and open Genre – inspired by the art of japanese
Make a movie out of 3 images.
We – the jourparjour cie – invite you to take part on
a five-day-workshop at „Laboratoire Village Nomade“, a
cultural experiment, taking place in Estavayer-le-Lac (Switzerland).
Short note on a five-day-workshop
We often see or sense something that gives us a bit of joy, or a moment
of pure sadness. Perhaps it is the funnies flapping in the breeze
before a newsstand on a sunny spring day. Or some scent on the wind
catches us as we step from the bus, or bend to lift the groceries
from the car. Something tickles our ankle and, looking down to see
what it is, we see more:
a baby crab
climbs up my leg –
such clear water
Or we are lying awake, alone with our thoughts, and as we turn to
look at the clock
a distant door
and we find ourselves more alone, because of the being on the other
side of that door, than when we had no thoughts for others anywhere
in the world.
The first of these two short poems was written about three hundred
years ago by the Japanese poet Matsuo Basho. The second one is by
a twentieth century poet, Ozaki Hosai. Both poems are haiku.
Jean-Luc Godard once said: „A movie consists of three parts:
a beginning, a middle and an end – but not necessarily in that
Transfering the system of haiku-writing into
movie-making might be the shortest (but not necessarily the easiest)
way of making a movie: three shots in a line make one whole movie.
By practising haiku-movie-making we can find out and learn about the
essentials of movie-making without getting locked up in too much theory,
but rather learning by doing, discovering how to find the magic of
a single moment and capture it at the same time with a running camera.
Not only accepting the unforeseen and unintentional but learning how
to work with it by developing ways that allow chance and composition
to work together in the editing-process too.
The five-day workshop will start in showing
some of my work like „Step Across the Border“ , „Middle
of the Moment“ and „Why should I buy a bed when all that
I want is sleep“ - explaining background and working methods
as well as showing examples from the work of other filmmakers that
are fruitful within the context.
We will then start to shoot material for film-haikus and edit it.
It would be practical if every participant has her/his own videocamera
and laptop-editing-facility, otherwise we have to take turns in using
equipment that is already here – which is alright too, anybody
who has no equipment on his own is welcome just the same and will
have access to all facilities available.
After looking at what we have found and edited, we will discuss it
together and out of this experience go for a second round. At the
end every student (me too) will have one (ore more) haiku finished
and we could present to ourselves and others a little DVD-edition
The workshop is also to be seen within the context
of the „In 214 worlds around the day“ project that is
taking place within the „laboratoire village nomade“ starting
first of may and running for 214 days till the last day of november.
The „haiku happens“ DVD will be part of the collection
of the works of a variety of contemparary artists invited to work
here at La Corbière this year and might also become part of
an exhibition or get integrated into a cinematographical work about
the whole project.
Werner Penzel, La Corbière, Estavayer-le-Lac, 31 March 2006
Surrounded by a park with old trees, a fruit- and
vegetable garden, a protected forest and a beach at Lac Neuchatel,
we offer a 150-year-old house as a setting for Haiku-filmmaking.
Further we like to invite you showing and discussing your own filmwork
and see this workshop as an encounter of a diverse and independent
Timing Scedule: 5 Day Workshop (max. 12 Participants)
Location: Laboratoire Village Nomade
La Corbière 3, 1470 – Estavayer-le-Lac, Suisse
Filmmakers: Ayako Mogi, Werner Penzel, Marion Neumann
Language: English, French, German
Telephone: 0041 – (0)26 – 663 83 23