ENG 335: Postwar Global Film
Class Notes -- 2008.06.03
A postmodern avant-guard film tradition which began in Denmark in 1995.
Dogme 95 builds on, as well as deconstructs, the earlier New Wave movements.
It is a movement that isn't really a movement, a not-entirely-serious satire that has grown since its inception.
"The Chastity Belt"
Dogme 95's 10 rules to make authentic films
1. LOCATION - Shooting on location ONLY. No sets. Props must not be brought in.
2. SOUND - Only natural sound. No recording of sound separate from that recorded during filming. No looping, no sound FX.
3. CAMERA - Only hand-held cameras.
4. COLOUR - Only film in colour, without special lighting.
5. OPTICS - No filters or optical work. No superimposed titles. No SFX.
6. ACTION - No superfluous action. (No murders, weapons, etc.)
7. TIME - Film must be set in the here and now. No period pieces, or future fiction pieces.
8. GENRE - Not allowed.
9. FILM - The final picture must be transferred to Academy 35mm film, with an aspect ratio of 4:3, that is, not widescreen. (The 35mm film rule has been relaxed over time, in light of the emergence of digital filmmaking.)
10. DIRECTOR - The director must not be credited.
Cool 6-minute video to explain the Dogme 95 movement:( Click for more class notes )