Visiting Associate Professor of Video and Film
This studio course is an introduction to 16mm filmmaking presenting basic skills of production including cinematography, editing, lighting, and sound recording. Through a series of assignments and projects, students will become familiar with the Bolex camera, hand-processing techniques, optical printing, camera-less filmmaking practices and editing methodologies. There will be weekly screenings of diverse forms of experimental 16mm films along with readings and writing assignments. Enrolled students and top 5 waitlist students who DO NOT attend the first class session risk losing their place on the class roster.
This advanced production course looks at cross cultural and interdisciplinary experimental and hybrid approaches to narrative filmmaking, including single channel film/videos, multi-channel installations, expanded cinema and interactive storytelling. Alternative Narrative Forms will emphasize tenets of experimental scriptwriting and writing forms and its relation to scenography, performance, visual language and sound design. Each week there will be film screenings that present unique examples of narrative structures, directing methodologies, performative articulations and aural and visual languages. Drawing on the fields of film studies, art history and media theory the course will examine through texts and cinematic representations concepts such as representation and realism, memory and projection, montage and abstraction. Students will write, direct and edit three short pieces.
This studio course will explore the diverse genre of the portrait film as seen in video art, documentary, narrative and other experimental and avant-garde genres of filmmaking, assessing the unique and intersecting methodologies of editing, sound design, cinematography, typography and lighting used to support the portrait concept. We will discuss strategies, modes and influences on the concept of representation and portraiture, examining the role and process of the filmmaker in creating an articulate portrayal of the protagonist. The course will integrate interdisciplinary readings about the portrait form, referencing texts from areas including fine arts, literature, political science and anthropology analyzing their influence on the different types of portrait films. Students will work on the following five short portrait videos: 1. Self Portrait; 2. Portrait of a Person; 3. Portrait of a Landscape; 4. Portrait of a Concept; and 5. Portrait of a Process.
Radical Collectives is a theory and production course that looks at the documentary films produced in the late 1960s and 1970s in the USA by the California Newsreel, the Third World Newsreel and the Newsreel collective. These films were a direct response to the political landscape in the USA, addressing and challenging the hegemonic cinematic and mainstream news discourse on local, national and international issues. The prolific body of work produced by these collectives addressed issues of race, class, sexism, portraying amongst many other topics the student movements on campuses, the anti-Vietnam War movement, the Women's Rights movement and the Latino and Black Liberation movement. The collectives were a utopian call to democratize cinema, to abolish film authorship and to produce work that is committed to issues that concern their communities and that would assist in reaching the goals of a more just society. In this course, students will direct one short video that addresses an urgent contemporary issue in the USA.