“Animated cadavre exquis: a locked-down experience of collaborative filmmaking in education” presented by Hagler and Rauscher


Session Title:

  • Participatory Practices and Institutional Change

Presentation Title:

  • Animated cadavre exquis: a locked-down experience of collaborative filmmaking in education




  • The COVID-19 pandemic poses challenges for students and faculty in educational contexts that focus on collaborative and creative practice. Courses that involve working in large teams and interacting in the field require new approaches to cope with limitations on in-person instruction. Building on the concept of chained animation, the case study The Invention of Numbers (2021) will be used to discuss how the concept can be adapted for hybrid teaching. In chained animation, students develop a common concept, realize individual parts in small groups, and assemble them into a short film, rather like an omnibus film. The core element is on-location exchange, especially in the animation studio. Covid-19 regulations have placed limits on these kinds of meetings and exchanges. To deal with those limitations, the creative method of cadavre exquis has been applied to the concept of chained animation. Animated cadaver exquisfeatures a systematic form of collaborative filmmaking that requires little or no coordination between teams, making it particularly well-suited to the new classroom situation. This analysis demonstrates how to set up creative processes for large collaborative groups in distance and hybrid teaching and how the concept of chained animation can be adapted using the cadavre exquis method.