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CA-NOMIS Project 2019 – Call for Participation

Camera Arts and the NOMIS Foundation invite students and alumni of HSLU D&K to join the adventure of making the 2019 NOMIS Awards experimental film portraits.

Film: Didier Fassin, NOMIS Distinguished Scientist Awardee 2018. Anthropologist and sociologist at Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton
Directed by Zoé Buss and the CA-NOMIS Team 2018

CA NOMIS film portraits:

CA-NOMIS Project 2017
CA-NOMIS Project 2018

NOMIS Award:

The NOMIS Distinguished Scientist and Scholar Award is presented to exceptional scientists, supporting them in their exploration of unconventional academic paths, thereby inciting new directions in science. The foundation rewards innovative ideas and approaches that involve interdisciplinary collaboration and apply a broad range of methods, building bridges across the boundaries of the sciences and humanities.



For the third year, Camera Arts will take on the production of three video portraits of leading international scientists for the NOMIS Foundation. The CA-NOMIS project is an intensive adventure, offering a unique opportunity for three young makers to travel, meet the smartest people in science at leading research institutes in Europe and abroad, and take on the challenge of making three concise film portraits of the NOMIS Award winners of 2019.

A cross-over between educational and practice project, the CA-NOMIS collaboration offers participants the opportunity to refine their skills as visual storytellers and explore innovative ways of communicating science and fundamental research to a broad interested audience. The film project explores storytelling of complex matter in science and beyond.

For this production we invite ambitious and passionate students and alumni of BA Camera Arts, Video, MA Film, Animation, Graphic Design, Illustration, Art & Art Education, Digital Ideation and MA Design (with focus on sound or film) at HSLU D&K to apply as makers and collaborators in various roles.
Under the guidance of two senior international professionals in the fields of editorial design (Max Bruinsma, Amsterdam) and documentary film (Christian Gropper ARD/arte), three (film) makers will be each responsible for the concept, direction and post-production of one video portrait, and participate and assist in the making of the other two film portraits.

Furthermore, we invite animators / illustrators for the design and production of short animated visualizations of the core scientific processes in the work of the three scientists, which will be integrated in the film portraits. And musicians, composers, sound designers for the music score and sound design of the video portraits. Apart of creative and operative skills, the capability to dialogue with the team is key.

CA student Olivia Sasse together with Karl Deisseroth at Stanford University, 2017

Project planning 2019
Production will take place in July (filming) and August (post-production), with an introductory workshop at Camera Arts, mid-February and individual research in May.
The video portraits will be premiered at the NOMIS Awards ceremony in Zürich, early October, after which they will be published on NOMIS’ and CA’s websites.

04.12.18 – Information session for students: 12.00 – 12.30, CA (see below)
10.12.18 – Application deadline
21.12.18 – Selection of CA-NOMIS team 2019

12-16 Feb. – Kick-off and intensive preparation workshop
April – Meeting with the NOMIS Foundation and announcement of the NOMIS distinguished scientists 2019 and travel destinations
Apr. – June  Research phase + Practical organisation and preparations
July – 2-3 weeks international travels
Aug. – 4-5 weeks intensive post-production
1 Sept. – Delivery of the films and project archiving
Oct. – NOMIS Award Ceremony and screening of the film portraits.
Oct – Project closure and Evaluation

Applicants will be considered based on talent, skills, team spirit and openness to broadening their professional horizons and learning new approaches to documentary film making. The assignment is an intensive pressure-cooker project, which requires serious commitment and resilience of the participants. The three participating makers will receive a modest stipend. All costs for travel, lodging and sustenance during the shooting of the videos will be covered. The animator and sound designer will receive a fee.
Applicants should include a brief statement outlining their motivation to join the project, a portfolio of relevant work, a CV (pdf documents + links)

Deadline for applications is Tuesday December 11th.
Please address your digital application to Evert Ypma, course leader Camera Arts: evert.ypma@hslu.ch

Information Session
For more information and questions, interested persons can meet Evert Ypma on Tuesday, December 4th, 12.00 – 12.30 at 745, CA, 1. OG, Nylsuisseplatz 1, 6020 Emmenbrücke

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