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Instructor Info:Bill Brand
Office Extension x5570
TA Info:Zachary Hart
Ilya Bronchtein
Term: 2014S
Meeting Info: Wednesday
09:00 AM - 11:50 AM Jerome Liebling Center 120
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM Jerome Liebling Center 120

This course teaches the basic skills of film production, including camera work, editing, sound recording, and preparation and completion of a finished work in film and video. Students will submit weekly written responses to theoretical and historical readings and to screenings of films and videotapes, which represent a variety of aesthetic approaches to the moving image. There will be a series of filmmaking assignments culminating in an individual final project for the class. The development of personal vision will be stressed. The bulk of the work in the class will be produced in 16mm format. Video formats plus digital image processing and non-linear editing will also be introduced. Prerequisite courses include a 100 level course in media arts (Introduction to Media Arts, Hampshire Media Arts, or equivalent and must be completed and not concurrent with this course.)

Evaluation Criteria:

1) Attendance at all class meetings and screenings.

2) Completion of the two film exercises.

3) Completion of a final project (may be completed digital but must originate on film)

4) Active participation in class discussions, critiques and group projects.

5) Written responses to reading assignments submitted on time via Moodle.

6) Written responses to weekly film screenings submitted on time via Moodle.

7) Familiarity with Liebling Center and library basement digital, video and audio facilities.

8) Submit a Self Evaluation by beginning of Divisional Exam Period (May 4)

The most important aspect of this course is making images. If you are not making images, shooting film and showing it in class, don't even think about an evaluation!

There is a great deal of material to cover in this course and it is very important that you keep up with the reading, writing and film assignments. If you fall behind, you may not be able to catch up. Timely completion of assignments is an important consideration for evaluations.

Showing and critiquing work in class is a vital part of the course work. It is not enough just to do the assignments. They must also be shared in class.

Incompletes are not given except for medical emergencies.