Film, Video, and Photography

Visual artists at Hampshire explore film, video, and photography primarily through independent experimentation with many forms of analog, digital, and electronic media, as well as installation and performance.

This individualized process of creation, along with our internationally recognized faculty, excellent technical facilities, and staff support, ensures that Hampshire students can develop their fullest artistic visions along with the tools to produce them.

Students are given the necessary foundations in form, technique, and production skills, while being encouraged to examine the theoretical and critical contexts and the current practices and debates that will inform their artistic expression.

Student Project Titles

  • Sea Shift/Memento Mori: a Photographic Installation
  • The Horror Film
  • The Poetics of Photography
  • Solitary Spaces: An Exploration Through Paint and Video
  • Authority Party: A Division III Film
  • Domestic Taxonomies: A Film and Video Installation
  • Somatic Encounters: An Exploration of Intimacy
  • Ten Foot Tall: An Experimental Film
  • Two Projects in Documentary Practice
  • Acting for the Screen

Sample First-Year Course

Hand Made Films

This course will explore experimental and avant-garde films made in the artisanal mode often in political response to commercial culture or in concert with developments in modern and post-modern art. The course will focus on films that respond directly to the physical properties of the medium either by subverting the photographic process or by directly manipulating the materials through primitive animation or direct painting on film. We will screen films from all periods of cinema history, from Winsor McCay to Stan Brakhage, as well as by current artists. Also, students will try their own hand made filmmaking through group and individual projects with pin-hole cameras, painting and drawing on film, cell and object animation, and hand-processing techniques.

Sample Courses at Hampshire

  • Advanced Photography: Sequence/Structure/Juxtaposition
  • Advanced Screenwriting Workshop
  • Breaking the Frame: European New Wave Cinemas of the 1960s and1970s
  • Computer Animation I, II, and III
  • The Cultured Camera
  • Documentary Practice: The Archive
  • Exploring Photography in the Digital Realm
  • Film Workshop I and II
  • Hand Made Films
  • Intro to Film Studies: History and Theory, 1895-1960
  • Intro to Media Arts in Film,¬†Photography, and Video: Cuba
  • Intro to Media Production: Images of War
  • Japanese Cinema
  • Literature, Opera, Film
  • Mapping Time: Histories and Practices of Film/Video Installation Art
  • Performance and Directing for Film,¬†Video, and Installation
  • Performing the Image
  • Photography and the East
  • Recycled Images
  • Still Photography I and II
  • Video I and II
  • Women in Animation

Through the Consortium

  • British Film and Television (SC)
  • Film Authorship: Hitchcock and After (MHC)
  • Film Theory (SC)
  • History of World Cinema (MHC)
  • India in Film: Hollywood, Bollywood, Mollywood (AC)

Facilities and Resources

Film, Video, Photography Resources
Hampshire has black and white photography and color facilities that include a film developing area for any size film; a Jobo processor for faster processing; a gang darkroom outfitted with ten enlargers; and seven individual darkrooms, each equipped with black and white enlargers and a developing area. Each of the individual darkrooms also have color enlargers, and students have access to two high-end still photography digital labs with large format Epson printers.

Hampshire also has two four-plate flatbed film editing stations, two optical printers, an animation stand, and a stop-motion animation lab. Students have access to large and medium format photography cameras, 16mm film cameras, tripods, light meters, lights, lenses, and virtually any other piece of related equipment they might need. We have 12 video editing stations in the film building and 11 in the media basement that run both the old and new versions of Final Cut and the new CS6 Premiere Pro, a video studio for green screen shooting, studio control room, and media labs.

The media services office coordinates the booking of all films and videos in the Five College collections, loans of video production and audio/visual equipment, reservations for film preview rooms, and film/video reference help.

Jerome Liebling Center for Film, Photography, and Video
A 6,700 sq. ft. addition to the Jerome Liebling Center for Film, Photography, and Video provides a large theater for 16mm, 35mm, and HD video; the Leo Model gallery; digital transfer stations for regular 8mm, super 8mm, and 16mm film; a sound editing lab; an eight station media lab for video editing; a classroom for work in digital media, a student lounge, and faculty offices. It is structured around a curvilinear central gallery and circulation space.

The Tashmoo Lecture Series
The Tashmoo Lecture Series brings filmmakers, photographers, multimedia artists, critics, and historians to Hampshire College. Lectures and workshops led by successful artists and cultural historians expose students to a wide range of styles and techniques as well as contemporary debates in the visual arts.

Five College Film Council
The Five College Film Council, a group of faculty drawn from many disciplines, works to coordinate the study of film and video at all five campuses. They meet regularly to exchange information about courses and faculty, and plan a coordinated approach to meeting common needs for instruction. The council oversees the shared teaching duties of joint faculty and sponsors an annual festival of student film, held in the spring.