This is a department-wide initiative that focuses on helping students consider, receive and respond to the feedback from audiences.
The first important step is to help audiences understand the point of view of the artist. In order to do that, we're asking student artists across the major to develop an "artists statement" to help the artists consider the audience and to help the audience think about the artistic process.
You should submit your artist statement by no later than Wednesday at 5 pm. No films will play in the Open Frame that do not have an accompanying artist statement.
What is an artist statement?
Briefly: An explanation of the creative inspiration, process, formal constraints and motivation behind your film.
Your artist statement might include some or all of the following:
Your artist statement shouldn't be longer than 300 words, It shouldn't be shorter than 200.
You could talk about what inspired this piece.
You should talk about the genre that it belongs to -- what is "normative" in that genre, how you build on those expectations and how you contradict them.
I hope that you'll describe the process of making your film, focusing on any unique achievements, approaches, obstacles or effects.
Ideally, you should explain what you hope that movies give to the world -- and how or why you want to participate in that giving.
It would be great if you would mention what you hope an OPEN FRAME audience will appreciate about your film.
the artist statements WILL be posted publicly for people to read BEFORE the festival -- so *don't* include any spoilers.
If you'd like to include a photo for me to use with your statement (a still from the film or from the production) that would be great. If you don't give me one, I'll grab one myself!
Here are some examples of excellent statements from last year:
Never a Bride