Taiwanese director Wu Yii-feng, known for his films Moon Children
(1990) and Chen Tsai-gen and His Neighbors (1996), and his
production team Full Shot Workshop have been conducting film education
workshops in Taiwan since 1994. In that time they have gone through
several changes, shifting from an emphasis on making films to educating
filmmakers. They have expanded into the countryside, and gone from
small group activity to building regional networks. In Japan, director
Hara Kazuo founded Cinema Juku five years ago as a place where young
people could discuss cinema. In bringing together these two projects,
we will attempt a thorough discussion of filmmaking movements. During
an intense three days the two filmmakers along with the members of
each group will bring forward the problems they face and talk about
themes such as "collaborative film, film collaboratives"
and "popular documentary movements."
and restrictions lie between professional
documentary filmmakers and those who make documentaries
as an avocation? And who decides those distinctions?
How should the relationship between filmmakers and the
subjects of their films be handled? What sort of relationships might
be produced between documentary works and
the settings of real life?
We need your views and experience. Friends from all over the World!
We want to hear your arguments and questions.
We at Full Shot look forward to sharing our experiences in
filmmaking with all of you. -
Full Shot Workshop: Film
director Wu Yii-feng established the documentary film making group
Full Shot Workshop in 1988. Making the TV documentary series, Lights
of Human Heart and participating in the movement to screen
Moon Children in schools were motives to gather together students
who wanted to study filmmaking. That is how Full Shot started as a
workshop to train documentary filmmakers. In 1995, Full Shot started
to receive government support for the workshop from an agency that
supports cultural endeavors.
history of documentary film is not as long as Japan's;
it's still in its nascent period. Because of that, however,
its films are full of a youthful energy of which I am envious.
By contrast, when I think about documentary film in Japan,
I am full of bitter doubts over whether we have passed our prime
and lost our energy.... I have the fortune this year to come to
the magnet that is Yamagata. I have made a promise with
Director Wu Yii-feng to do our best in dialogue.-
Cinema Juku: Film director Hara Kazuo founded
this project with a call to all young people in Japan. In 1995, it
began as a retreat at the Hagi International Festival of Film Art
in Yamaguchi Prefecture. The group now invites film directors and
producers as guests in accordance with each year's theme, and studies
film under these guest lecturers in a retreat setting. In an intensive
workshop in the summer of 1998, Juku members made their first documentary
film, My Mishima, which was finished in 1999.
COPYRIGHT:Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival Organizing Committee