AA.MEDIA

Architectural Association
Media Studies


AA MEDIA is an experimental testing ground for exploring and interrogating the tools of the discipline – tools with which we speculate, manipulate and play; compute, control and test; communicate, seduce, and provoke.

Acting as both training camp and laboratory, it is a diverse, multidisciplinary program where unexpected collisions and obsessive attention to detail expose a rich seam of creative potential. Media Studies presents an opportunity to develop individual practice, where students hone their dexterity with established and progressive media, actively testing modes of production through focused acts of doing and making.



CONTACT:

Kate Davies
Head of Media Studies
Oliviu Lugojan-Ghenciu
Lab Coordinator

AA MEDIA
Architectural Association
School of Architecture
36 Bedford Square
London WC1B 3ES

+44 (0)20 7887 4000
@AAMediaLab

STUDIO

INTERMEDIATE / Term 1

MS-CORE



MAKING FICTIONS

NICHOLAS MORTIMER and JOSEPH POPPER
Wednesdays, 2pm -5pm, 32FFB

This course explores storytelling on film in a hands-on approach by prototyping objects and scenes at 1:1 scale. We will create engaging imagery using simple materials, exploring how we can communicate complex ideas through visual narratives. Our emphasis is on production, play and iteration while introducing critical and speculative design methods for exploring wider scenarios. Students will respond to a given story structure, each week making a series of props to form the architecture of their own handmade fictions. The course will conclude with filmmaking, where students will act out the narratives and characters they have developed through the making process.

Each week we will ‘think through making’ - building prototype props and structures from cardboard, and simple paper based monotone graphic effects in order to create narrative objects.



Course Outline

Session 1: STORY GENERATION
Wednesday 4th Oct
Introduction to the brief and to design fiction film
Story generation
Storyboarding and sketching

Session 2: PRODUCTION
Wednesday 11th Oct
Making of Prop 1: personal to character of your narrative

Session 3: PRODUCTION
Wednesday 18th Oct
Making of Prop 2: from the world of the story

Session 4: PRODUCTION
Wednesday 25th Oct
Making of Prop 3: the MacGuffin, driving the dramatic plot forward

OPEN WEEK

Session 5: PRODUCTION
Wednesday 8h Nov
Making of Prop 4: additional personal / world or MacGuffin-type prop

Session 6: PRODUCTION
Wednesday 15th Nov
Making of Set Element: the backdrop for your films and images (set modular size)

Session 7: FILMING
Wednesday 22rd Nov
In the photo studio with all props and set pieces
Act out narratives to camera

Session 8: FILMING
Wednesday 29th Nov
In the photo studio
Act out narratives to camera



Submission Requirements / Outcomes:
30 second film comprising a short sequence or a single choreographed shot, designed by the students
featuring their handmade props.
Booklets including: final film stills, sketches, storyboards, WIP shots, and tests. The students can also
include a short story expanding upon their wider fictional scenarios.



Selected Reference Material:

Films:
Chris Marker (1962) La Jetee
Metropolis (1927) Dir. Fritz Lang
Stalker (1979) Dir. Andrei Tarkovsky
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Dir. Stanley Kubrick
Blade Runner (1982) Dir. Ridley Scott
Alphaville (1965) Dir. Jean-Luc Godard
Minority Report (2002) Dir. Steven Spielberg
Dr Marbuse Trilogy (1920’s/30’s) Dir. Fritz Lang
Total Recall (1990) Dir. Paul Verhoeven
Children of Men (2006) Dir. Alfonso Cuarón
Tron (1982) Dir. Steven Lisberger
The 5th Element (1997) Dir. Luc Besson
District 9 (2009) Dir. Neill Blomkamp
Honey I shrunk the Kids (1990) Dir Joe Johnston
Escape from New York (1981) Dir. John Carpenter

Artists:
Ming Wong
Noam Toran
Saskia Oldewolbers
Omer Fast
Matthew Barney
Sophie Calle
Chris Marker
Stan Douglas
Cindy Sherman
Taryn Simon
Thomas Demand
Anne Hardy
Thomas Hirschhorn
Ettore Sottsass
Lee Freidlander
Mika Rottenberg
Sarah Sze

Books:
Stanislaw Lem - The Cyberiad
Ursula Le Guin - The Dispossessed
JG Ballard - Passport to Eternity
Persepolis I; Persepolis II - Marjane Satrapi
Solutions Series - Sternberg Press [Ingo Niermann et al]
Hard boiled wonderland and the end of the world - Haruki Murakami
Plot - Tirdad Zolghadr
Future Shock - Alvin Toffler
The House of Rumour - Jake Arnott