Meshing of Minds: How David Lynch’s Latest Works Relate to Meshes of The Afternoon by Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid


● 10-­15 page paper
● 2 or more films or videos and compare and contrast
● Must derive  from or address the history of experimental film and video discussed in the
● At least 2 scholarly sources from the class readings and 2 from other sources. In total 4.
● Compare and Contrast by:
+ Subject of landscape,
+ Formal strategies,
+ Argue the possible aesthetic or political intentions behind them and the effects
that they have on the viewer

Grading Rubric:

● Analyzes key sequences, close attention to detail
● Compares and contrasts specific elements of the works
● Relates the film’s formal properties to the theoretical and historical arguments discussed
in the course: legacies of European modernism in the U.S. and avant­garde and and
against commercial cinema
● Engages with required texts and other research materials

Paper Outline:

● Title: Should reflect the theme and the argument of the paper, suggested to be done in
the end
● Abstract: Should be 1­3 sentence and should succinctly state the argument of the paper
● Thesis: Shouldn’t be broad and supports the relevant details from the films and texts
● Proper Citation: Chicago Manual Style or MLA

Experimental Film and Media: Sites and Spaces
Spring 2016

Compare and Contrast Essay

Topic: How Maya Daren’s Meshes in the Afternoon Influenced David Lynch’s latests Works

Things to keep in mind:

> Relate to the woman depicted, gender. Compare and contrast “women” depicted in Daren’s
movie and also Lynch’s movies the woman depicted on both from a different perspective. How
does gender play? How the women are similar and different from each other.

> Touch upon avant garde­cinema in the 40s. How it evolved. Experimental Cinema vs
Commercial meaning Hollywood Cinema. How Lynch was able to grab the elements from
commercial cinema to the Hollywood screens?

> Pay close attention to the “hyper signification” of the objects. What do these objects signify?

> Pay attention to the city that these films were made. Los Angeles? How the city landscape in
the movies relate to each other.

> Talk about the use of body in the space.

> Use of cinema language. Montage, placement of camera, lights, mise en scene, cuts… etc.

Preliminary Research


1­ On Maya Daren:­directors/deren­2/­deren
2­ On David Lynch:­do­you­define­lynchian­exploration­david­lynchs­cinematic
3­ On Meshes of the Afternoon:
5­ On Lost Highway:­highway­1997/
6­ On David Lynch and Maya Daren: http://the­­lynch­maya­deren/



See Week 4 readings.

1­ Deren, Maya. “Amateur Versus Professional.” Film Culture
2­ MacDonald, Shana. “Carolee Schneemann’s Fuses as Erotic Self­Portraiture”
3­ Michelson, Annette. “Film and The Radical Aspiration”


1­ David Lynch by Dennis Lim
2­ Lynch on Lynch interview book

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