Maia Iotzova is a filmmaker and a media artist who grew up in Sofia, Bulgaria before immigrating to Canada in 1996. In 2002, she completed a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Arts at the University of Guelph, focusing on photography, painting and mixed media. After graduating, Maia's passion for the natural environment and interest in exploring our relationship to it brought her to documentary cinema. In 2004, she released her first film, Grass Through Concrete, a feature documentary. In 2005, she moved to Vancouver, where she collaborated on independent film productions and worked in the film industry and as a media arts educator. Maia moved to Montréal in 2009 and is currently completing an auteur film, Green Dream.
Maia Iotzova has a background in visual art, which has influenced her approach to film. She is interested in auteur cinema and in telling a story in a personal way using a variety of creative techniques—from first-person camera angles to stop-motion animation and slow, meditative filming. The main themes that she explores through her practice are our relationship with nature in the urban environment and the way our personal relationship to and understanding of the world around us is shaped by our culture.
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Appropriation art: Subverting advertising
In this workshop students will have a chance to deconstruct some of the advertising that surrounds them. They will use the same visual language to create a parody of that advertising or to subvert it in order to deliver a message that is important to them. There will be a discussion about the messages that the students want to portray, with an emphasis on being inclusive and responsible towards others and the environment. The ads that the students create could have messages about the negative effects of bullying, being inclusive to others regardless of their appearance and being responsible towards our environment. This workshop is best carried out in three sessions. The first session is an introduction to advertising, a deconstruction of the ads, a discussion of possible themes and storyboarding our own ads. The second and third sessions are for filming and editing the ad, respectively. (A fourth session could also be added for a presentation of all the works created and a discussion.)
Students will work in groups of three or four. Filming can be done with any kind of camera or personal device the students or the school have. (The artist can also provide three cameras.) Editing needs to be discussed with the artist in the event that the school does not have a computer lab.
In this workshop, students will be introduced to the basics of auteur filmmaking and will create their own short auteur films.
The students will work individually. After a short intro to auteur cinema, the students will write a short story from their personal lives. They can talk about a sport they like, a trip they enjoyed, their everyday walk to school, their siblings, etc. They will create a storyboard planning how to tell this story visually. They will then film this story and record their narration. We will edit the stories together.
This workshop is best carried out in two or three sessions. The first session is an introduction to auteur cinema where students will write the story and make storyboards. The second session is filming—this session can be omitted if students are able to take photos and videos on their own. The third session is editing the film. (A fourth session could also be added for a presentation of all the works created and a discussion.)
Filming can be done with any kind of camera or personal device the students or the school have. (The artist can also provide three cameras.) Narration can be recorded with the same personal devices. If the school does not have a computer lab, editing will need to be discussed with the artist.
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