We are closing a difficult winter semester. You can deliver your hands-on tasks only individually; you cannot work in crews, which must be difficult and sad for you. We all believe in and try to contribute towards reversing the epidemic developments through widely shared efforts and by acting responsibly, so that hands-on instruction in groups can be renewed as soon as possible. We are also in contact with the Ministry of Education regarding the specificities of our instruction, trying to obtain reasonable exemptions.
As the semester is coming to a close, I would like to encourage you to give your feedback on teaching in the forms that are available in the KOS for every subject and will be open until 16 February. The Heads of Departments were informed about it at a Collegium meeting in December and student ambassadors were informed in January, and the questionnaire includes both multiple choice questions and space for your comments (your comments are not mandatory – this is space for your suggestions should you have any that you want to share).
We have encountered more frequent occurrences of disinformation during the past month. Disinformation is powerful. It works a bit like gossip – misleading or incorrect information can resonate if it is set cleverly in a seemingly logical narrative, and it spreads on. Eradication of the disinformation, however credible or supported, sill not reach many of those who received the initial disinformation, so the original or even evolving disinformation survives in the conscience. Your opinion is important for the life of the school and for the development of study programmes! It matters to us to ensure that you have free and safe space to express it. This is why I wish to encourage you to verify your information. Confront multiple reliable sources, ask multiple people actively including outside your bubble, and seek context and circumstances.
If you are going through difficult times or not feeling well, you can consult our faculty psychologist, the amazing Ms Hedvika Boukarová. In addition, an ombudswoman will work here from February. This position is not very common in the Czech Republic (it exists at the Palacký University and the University of South Bohemia), but it is a common way of offering support to students and employees abroad. I believe that Ms Klára Laurenčíková will contribute towards better internal culture, calm, fairness and security in our school environment.
I wish you a lot of strength for completing this semester.
I wish you all the best in the new year. First and foremost, I wish good health to you and your loved ones. I know how much you desire to shoot films, take the plans that you have been thinking about during the winter to reality, and work on hands-on assignments. If there is an assignment you can deliver on your own, don’t stop – keep on creating. For exercises and films made with crews, we have to wait until the situation is safe. It is frustrating; you are concerned about managing to make your films on time and the way you envisage. Maybe you will not be able to realise your visions fully. Still, do not stop thinking of each and every aspect of your films, about your creative decisions. Draw your story boards, keep in touch online with other crew members, hunt for inspiration, discuss, watch, and read anything that stimulates, provokes and pushes you. As soon as the epidemic situation improves to level 3, crew filming will start. Times are difficult for you. Different. Your situation is different from that of students in past years. Nevertheless, I believe that the uniqueness of every single of you can manifest despite these different conditions.
I wish you with all my heart that whatever you do is meaningful and fulfilling for you.
When you sent in your shots for our October film, my perception was that you were experiencing isolation, emptier environment around you, silence, and individualisation of otherwise collective activities – but I was also under the impression that you were able to find a source of inspiration in these untypical settings, to read the developments in your own vision, and see humorous sides to situations. I was happy to see your creative energy despite the tough times. With effect from Monday, 7 December, you will be able to use your energy in classes again because all hands-on educational activities will be allowed on a presence basis. You are now faced with a few remaining days of largely distance mode of operation when you can think about your ideas and scripts and forms of solving specific practical tasks before you get to solve them in reality.
Many of you are far from your homes and your loved ones during these difficult times, and you don't know when you can see them. It is great that you have stayed in touch with each other and with your Departments during the period of distance instruction. It was a difficult period that hopefully will be balanced out now with hard work on hands-on assignments.
I wish you success and joy in your hands-on classes.
We have the first month of the winter semester behind us in pandemic conditions. In the first third of the month, the teaching took place according to the traffic light, then only remotely. It is challenging in many ways - for you and your teachers.
But it is also an opportunity - we are a film school and digital audiovisual expression is natural for us. Let's also look at the teaching (about) of film in a virtual environment as a kind of genre, whether it is dominated by performative elements (both by teachers and you, students), found footage procedures (fragments of audiovisual or other works that you debate about), or essay elements of informed and substantiated argumentation. Let's add (self) reflexive moments to these procedures - if you have ideas on how to differentiate and develop meetings within individual subjects, talk to your teachers, think within departments, and also share mutual knowledge of good practices.
We all care about meeting every day with you to have continuous stimuli for thinking and deepening your knowledge, and more than ever, the forms of how to achieve this depend on all of us together.
I wish you a lot of inner strength and a desire for a certain playfulness and constant discovery.
And good health for you and your loved ones.