Rosie Trump: Screendance - Methods for creating dance films

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Screendance - Methods for creating dance films


Rosie Trump


Theatre and Dance


Rosie Trump is an associate professor of dance in the Department of Theatre and Dance. She is a practicing choreographer and award-winning dance filmmaker. As a screendance maker, she works on the pre-production, production, and post-production elements of dance film, serving as choreographer, director, and editor. Rosie’s dance films have recently screened at the San Francisco Dance Film Festival, ADF’s Movies by Movers, San Souci Dance Film Festival, Light Moves, Extremely Short Shorts at the Aurora Picture Show, the Utah Dance Film Festival, and Dance Film Association’s Long Legs Short Films. Her films have been supported with grants from the Puffin Foundation and the Nevada Arts Council.  Rosie Trump is the founder and chief curator of the Third Coast Dance Film Festival which celebrates the intersection of contemporary dance and the moving image with a screening series of short dance films in Reno, Nevada.

Project overview

Students will partake in the three phases of making a short dance film: pre-production, production, and post-production. This project will employ both the technical and creative approaches of screendance. Students will learn production and video editing techniques, work with video and audio recording equipment, and partake in the choreographic process.  Additionally, students will learn about dance film festivals and the process of having work juried and screened. Students will have the opportunity to participate in producing a dance film festival. The goal of this project is to provide students with the opportunities to learn about being a working dance artist and gain hands on experience in making screendance. These experiences aim to help student prepare for their own career and creative trajectory upon graduation. Interested PREP students are encouraged to contact Rosie Trump to learn more about her previous work and visit Rosie Trump's personal website.

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