Instructor: Matthew Doyle, TA: Hillary Cleary


Course Description:

Video is used to capture and transform reality. With a camera, we document events that take place in our environment. We direct our viewers attention through editing to tell a story. This class aims to teach students not only the fundamentals of capturing moving images, but also how to think critically about the ecosystems of digital moving images online and elsewhere. 

Course Objective:

We will familiarize each student with an array of different ways to capture digital images. The course will then focus on developing each individual students abilities to create and publish video work with the minimum of means: a cameraphone and web-based publishing platforms like YouTube and Vimeo. Lastly, we will publish the students final work in the form of a looping television show, with the goal of creating. 


Course Schedule

Session 1: Capturing Reality – Analog to Digital

Classic models of filmmaking, from Super 8mm film to digital DSLRs to the iPhone. What kinds of emotions can be conveyed through different images? Exercise: Making videos with unbroken takes.

Session 2: Forming Reality – Creative Editing, Self-Portrait

Editing is the transformation of images through their contact with one another. Through videos and hands-on exercises with footage we’ve shot, we’ll explore the basic and advanced concepts in editing, sound design and keyframe animation using Adobe Premiere. Exercise: Keyframe self-portrait.

Session 3: Post-Digital Video – GIF/A Theory of Viral Video?

This class will introduce ideas about treating digital video as GIF. Then, we’ll ask what makes a compelling video on social media. Exercise: Viral video.

Session 4: Channels and Projections – Exhibiting Digital Video

One of the incredible things about digital video is the opportunity to project and publish your work in many different forms. We’ll explore the relative merits of different methods of basic projection mapping and online self-publishing, alongside curating our channel for our final project. Exercise: Create a customized channel for the final exhibition!

Suggested viewing:

Louis Lumiere. Workers Leaving the Factory, 1895

Oscar Micheaux. Within Our Gates. 1920. 

Man Ray. La Retour a la Raison, 1923. 

Buster Keaton. Sherlock Junior, 1924.

Germaine Dulac. The Seashell and the Clergyman. 1928. 

Salvador Dali and Luis Bunuel. Un Chien Andalou. 1929. 

Orson Welles. Citizen Kane, 1941.

Maya Deren. Meshes of the Afternoon. 1943. 

Jean Painlevé. Le Vampire. 1945. 

Jean Cocteau. Orpheus, 1950. 

Chris Marker and Alain Resnais. Statues Also Die. 1953. 

Robert Bresson. Pickpocket, 1959.

John Cassavetes. Shadows. 1959. 

Jean-Luc Godard. Breathless. 1960. 

Alain Resnais. Last Year at Marienbad. 1961.

Agnes Varda. Cleo from 5 to 7. 1962. 

Federico Fellini. 8 1/2, 1963.

Stan Brakhage. Mothlight, 1963.

Shirley Clarke. A Moment in Love. 1956. 

Michael Snow. Wavelength. 1967. 

Saul Levine. New Left Note, 1968-82.

William Greaves. Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One. 1968. 

Hollis Frampton. Nostalgia, 1971. 

William Wegman. Two Dogs and a Ball. 1972. 

Alejandro Jodorowsky. The Holy Mountain. 1973. 

Martha Rosler. Semiotics of the Kitchen. 1975.

Chantal Akerman. News from Home, 1977. 

Werner Herzog. Fitzcarraldo, 1982.

Billy Woodberry. Bless Their Little Hearts. 1983. 

Gordon Parks. Solomon Northup's Odyssey. 1984. 

Spike Lee. Do the Right Thing. 1989. 

Leos Carax. Lovers on the Bridge. 1991. 

Julie Dash. Praise House. 1991. 

Harun Farocki. Arbeiter verlassen di Fabrik (Workers leaving the factory), 1995

Robert Banks. MPG: Motion Picture Genocide. 1997. 

Chris Smith. American Movie. 1999. 

Andrew Bujalski. Funny Ha Ha. 2002. 

Lars von Trier. The Five Obstructions. 2003. 

Christian Marclay. The Clock, 2010. 

Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel. Leviathan, 2012

Joshua Oppenheimer. The Look of Silence, 2014.