Arts# 207-02: Tuesdays 6:00 – 9:50 pm || IB 213
Professor: rebecca (marks) leopold
Contact Info:
Office Hours by request

Course Description:
This class explores cinematic storytelling through digital film making. Through a variety of in class and homework assignments, this course introduces participants to a variety of video making techniques, vocabulary and tools while learning the basics of concept development, video capture and editing with Adobe Premiere. Students will learn the fundamentals of recording and editing, lighting, sound, camera work and other pre and post production methods.

Course Requirements:
Students are expected to participate in class: contributing positively to class discussions, arriving on time having thoughtfully completed the reading, technical and creative assignments. Computers and mobile devices must be silenced and not glowing during critique, class discussion and student presentations.

It is your responsibility to turn in work on time, to make up any missed assignments, and to catch up with the class in the event of an absence. Late work is unacceptable; however, this work can be turned in for partial credit. If you know you are going to be absent, contact the professor by email in advance. For the most up-to-date information (including what is due next class) visit the class website:

Course Materials:
External Storage Drive – Thumb/Jump or Hard drive
SD Cards
Digital SLR w/ Video or Video Camera
Lynda, Vimeo, Github & FreeSound Accounts


This is a production oriented class. You will be required to use a DSLR for EVERY project. Canon and Nikon cameras can be rented from the Klapper Imaging Lab. You are responsible for planning your projects and acquiring your equipment in advance of deadlines. Remember the lab is open Monday – Thursdays, 9 am – 5pm.
You can also rent equipment from the Rosenthal Library Multimedia Commons.

There are no specific textbooks but students will have weekly reading assignments from a variety of sources linked on the class site. Students are encouraged to get their own copies of these texts and read them in their entirety, but it is not a requirement.

Weekly readings linked from syllabus
Suggested Reading:
In the Blink of An Eye
— Walter Murch
The Filmmaker’s Eye — Gustavo Mercado
T The Filmmaker’s Eye –Gustavo Mercado
Ways of Seeing — John Berger

Every week students will be asked to read, watch and share a variety of media experiences as well as share the work they create during in class discussion and critique. Every week will be different. Please pay close attention to the syllabus online as these may change throughout the semester. Please post homework to the wiki by 12pm the night before class.

Students will be asked to reflect through writing and share images or videos via a web-hosted blog as a means to turn in homework assignments. Students should set up and maintain a personal blog for this purpose. There are many free options that will offer you enough storage space for the semester. I suggest WordPress or Medium but choose whatever platform you prefer.

“Share” (or the class Wiki):
To turn in your homework you must link to it every week on the class wiki. Wherever it says “share” – you are required to post on the wiki. To contribute to the wiki you must set up a Github account. We will do this in class on the first day.


Two (unexcused) absences result in grade drop and four absences result in a failing grade. Late or early departure from class (15 minutes) is the equivalent of half an absence.

To earn an A

All class work and homework is excellent. Projects have been completed when assigned. The work shows a development and understanding of the principles discussed in class. It is presented immaculately. There is regular and prompt attendance and participation during critiques and an enthusiasm toward the material being presented throughout the semester. This is exceptional work.

To earn a B

All assigned work completed in a thorough manner. An understanding of the principles and lessons covered in class is evident. The student comes to class regularly and on time and participates in critiques and discussions. This is better than average work.

To earn a C

Most class assignments and homework have been completed. Regular attendance but minimal or negative class participation. There is understanding of most of what’s being presented in class. This student shows some interest in the course content. This is average work.

To earn a D

Most class assignments and homework have not been completed. Marginal effort made to understand the course objectives and very little or negative participation on behalf of the student. Spotty attendance. This means below average work.

To earn an F

Student has not completed 1⁄3 of the course work and has missed too many classes. This student doesn’t participate or has a bad attitude and shows no interest. It means not enough work, attendance, and/or effort to pass the class.

Participation 20%
Regular Assignments 25%
Project One 10%
Project Two 20%
Final Project 25%