University-Workshop "From Oberhausen to Paris/Texas" | Places as narrators of stories in the work of Wim Wenders" (2014)
Seminar/workshop for 1st to 4th-year students of Film studies and Cultural studies
The German director Wim Wenders shoots, in principle, on location only. Studio productions he basically dislikes. Analysing Wenders´ film work, as well as his photographs, it becomes apparent how important authentic places are as a basic element of and, as an inspiration for, his films.
An intensive 4-days workshop by Marcel Wehn, discovering the meaning of places in the work of Wim Wenders´ movies (available in english & german)
The German director Wim Wenders shoots, in principle, on location only. Studio productions he basically dislikes. Analysing Wenders´ film work, as well as his photographs, it becomes apparent how important authentic places are as a basic element of and, as an inspiration for, his films. While other directors normally start to scout for the ideal location for their stories after finishing the script, Wim Wenders literally lets himself be inspired by a certain place, to tell the story that the place "already contains", as Wenders says. "Every place carries a secret he determines. To adapt elements of that certain secret into a part of his narration is a major aspect of the principle working method of the director Wim Wenders.
The workshop "From Oberhausen to Paris/Texas" asks the students to examine the films and the photographical work of Wim Wenders with a focus on the locations used to consciously capture the characteristics and similarities of these places. Indeed Wenders doesn´t "find his preferred locations by chance. By scouting for his settings he follows a "search system that is consistently connected to certain issues or topics. These issues should actively be discovered and associated to each other by the students within the workshop. Understanding the meaning of places in the work of Wenders is going to be discovered as one major key to the full understanding of his film and photography work.
Workshop-description in english
|Workshop Concept From Oberhausen To Paris-Texas
Press articles (spanish)
|Pressebericht 1, Workshop Lleida, Spanien März 2014
|Pressebericht 2, Workshop Lleida, Spanien März 2014