Week 1 : Class Overview & Intro to Film Histories
Intro to Course, Class & Instructor
Student Past Experiences and Goals
Persistence of Vision: Intro to the Camera Arts
Setup Blog, Github & FreeSound Accounts
Exercise: Posting a link and image to the Wiki.
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 2 : Visual Narrative, the Storyboard and Sequencing
Intro to Working w/ the DSLR & Premiere
Frampton reading – Blog entries + Discussion
Lecture: Visual Narrative + the Storyboard
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.
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 3 : Project 1 Due + the Five Methods of Montage
Project 1 – Photo Storyboards Due & Critique
Eisenstein & the Five Methods of Montage
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 4 : Video Portrait Studio
Screening: Film as Portrait
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.
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.
Week 5 : The Cut: Sound + Vision