German Short Film
Developed to support German Culture, Media, and Society, an upper-level class taught in German, the German Short Film project offers students a rich repository of contemporary (1990-2007) German short film productions, video art, and relevant critical texts. “Short films are a very productive and rich genre for teaching and analyzing film,” says MIT faculty member Kurt Fendt. “They focus usually on one topic and are not as complex as feature films.” For that reason, Fendt says, short films are ideal for illustrating how stories are told using such filmic elements as lighting, color, and sound. The archive allows students to add their own comments and references, material that then forms the basis for class discussion.
Hyperstudio RoleProvided the films to students via the Metamedia platform and supplied tools for sharing comments online.
Project Lead: Kurt Fendt, principal research associate in German and executive director of the HyperStudio at MIT