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Frank Sanna, MFA

Assistant Professor, Communication Studies

Biography   


Email: frank.sanna@concordia.ca
Website(s): Personal website
GammaFilm.ca
gfxcinema.com
Availability: Email me to set up an appointment.

My research and creation interests include film and video making; traditional and hybrid forms of fiction, documentary and experimental genre and storytelling, photography, sound, human endeavour and nature, identity.

Embracing learning as experiential and embodied through process, my ultimate goal as a production teacher is to inspire students to discover their own motivations and particular perspectives; to develop their capacity for personal insight and authentic expression as ‘voice’ in dialogue between themselves and the world.

Beyond my work as an independent filmmaker, I have an interdisciplinary interest and background in media production that includes photography, graphic design, writing, as well as film restoration. As a member of the Director’s Guild of Canada I have worked extensively within the Art Department in the film and television industry as Art Director, Graphic Designer and in various other roles.

With a particular sensitivity to space and environment, my art and films are basically a poetic exploration of paradoxical relationships. Through the re-creation of emotional and psychological landscape, my desire is to render or embody alternate, often fragile, or ambiguous perspectives of the reality that we normally take for granted. In this respect, I am trying to express an emotional truth about our human need for structure and orientation.

“The Edifice,” my most recent work in 35mm film was awarded Best Experimental Film at the Niagara Indi Film Festival and has screened as part of the Philosophy Film Festival (Festiwal Filmu Filozoficznego) in Krakow, Poland.

Education

BA, Graphic Design, Sherdian College MFA, Studio Arts: Film Production, Concordia University

Courses

Fall
COMS 284 – Film-Video I
COMS 276 – Sound I

Winter
COMS 284 – Film-Video I
COMS 276 – Sound I

Year
COMS 485 – Video III

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