Week 01 – August 27

Week 1 : Class Overview & Intro to Film Histories
Intro to Course, Class & Instructor
Student Past Experiences and Goals
Review Syllabus
Persistence of Vision: Intro to the Camera Arts
Setup Blog, Github & FreeSound Accounts

Exercise: Posting a link and image to the Wiki.
***Class Notes

Assignment:
Read: A Lecture — Hollis Frampton
Share: Write a blog post of 1-3 paragraphs reflecting on the Frampton text. Quote at least one phrase that spoke to you. You can disagree with it, be inspired by it, maybe it makes you think of something else. Try to think about your own “rectangle” experiences in relationship to this text. Be sure to post the proper URL to your blog-post to the wiki. Always check your links after posting!
Do: If you have one, bring your DSLR to class. If you do not – make sure to purchase + bring an SD card.

Week 02 – September 4

Week 2 : Visual Narrative, the Storyboard and Sequencing
Intro to Working w/ the DSLR & Premiere
Frampton reading – Blog entries + Discussion
Lecture: Visual Narrative + the Storyboard

***Class Notes

In Class Exercise: Shooting w/ the DSLR

Project 1 – Create a narrative using still images. This is NOT a photography assignment – it is a Cinematographic project, meaning it must be evident you pre-planned your narrative and its production. You may even want to sketch the scenes out as a storyboard beforehand. Your work should display thinking through your production. You must use a DSLR and tripod and have the images printed through Photo Central in advance of class. You have two weeks to complete this assignment, so managing your time is an essential part of the project. You will be graded on technical aspects such as: focus, framing, exposure, WB as well as creative and aesthetic concerns in addition to telling a compelling cinematic narrative. You will email me a zipped file of the RAW images in advance of our critique on September 25 when you will bring the printed photographs to class with you.

Assignment:
Watch: Ways of Seeing – Episode 1 — John Berger
Read: Silent Films Returns – on Social Media — Amanda Hess
Share: Write a blog post of 1-3 paragraphs reflecting on the Berger and Hess texts. You can disagree with it, be inspired by it, maybe it makes you think of something else. Post a link to your post on the class wiki. Always check your links after posting!
Do: Project 1 is due next class: September 25.

Week 03 – September 25

Week 3 : Project 1 Due + the Five Methods of Montage
Project 1 – Photo Storyboards Due & Critique
Eisenstein & the Five Methods of Montage
Screening
**Class Notes

Assignment:
Read: The Filmmaker’s Eye: Principles of Composition + Technical Concepts
Read: In the Blink of An Eye — Walter Murch, p. 1-20
Share: Write a blog post of 1-3 paragraphs reflecting on the Murch text. Using some of the more technical language from the first reading – reflect on something (a movie or narrative television show NOT reality tv, game show, talk shows, etc) you watched this week and relate it to the reading. Please include screen shots to help illustrate your thoughts.

Week 04 – October 02

Week 4 : Video Portrait Studio
Screening: Film as Portrait
Video Demo
In Class Exercise – Video Portraits
Intro to Adobe Premiere

Due to technical difficulties, moving forward, please refer to the wiki for the weeks’ events, resources + assignments.

Assignment:
Read: In the Blink of An Eye — Walter Murch, p. 21-72 (pdf pages: 13-38)
Do: Take the images from your storyboard assignment onto a timeline in Premiere. Add a soundtrack to your story. Export the video as 1920 x 1080 + upload it to Vimeo.
Bring your portrait footage to class next week.