Beijing Film Academy Project
The Beijing Film Academy (BFA) Project establishes a rich repository of more than 1,000 video clips from the Beijing Animation Festival, an annual showcase of the best work from the academy’s famous Animation School. Featuring award-winning student films dating back to 2001, this archive allows MIT students to explore a variety of animation styles, including claymation and stop-motion, and highlights the BFA’s unique approach to animation pedagogy. Students can explore all the steps that go into an animated film—from initial hand drawings to final computer animations. The archive also includes interviews with directors, original designs, and animatics. Designed to illustrate the influence of transnational animation theory and practice on Chinese animation, the archive also provides insight into contemporary Chinese culture and the process of visual storytelling. The archive is frequently used in Chinese classes at MIT to enhance language learning.
Hyperstudio RoleProvided research into animation theory and teaching practices. Conceptualized how to exemplify the animation process for pedagogical purposes. Wrote a theoretical white paper. Integrated animation materials into Chinese language and culture classroom.
Project Lead: Jing Wang, professor of Chinese cultural studies at MIT (web.mit.edu/fll/www/people/JingWang.shtml); Henry Jenkins, former director of Comparative Media Studies at MIT
Comparative Media Studies: Liwen Jin and Rena He Huang
Foreign Languages & Literatures
Beijing Film Academy