ARTC 400 / ART 586, Fall 2003
Digital Video Art
Heather Elliott-Famularo

Project #1:
Artist / Performer / Observer

DUE: Tuesday, September 9

The focus of this course is to learn to think critically and creatively within a time-based medium. You must therefore think conceptually about an event, narrative, or person using the camera in this non-computer assignment.

Create a 2-5 minute video using only in-camera edits (i.e. NO digitizing or Media 100 editing = cuts, dissolves, in-camera effects only). This piece should give us some kind of insight about YOU - your personality, your world, your ideas, how you see things, how people see you, either as actor, director, artist, or a combination of the three.

We will be looking at the work of many contemporary and historic video artists who have included themselves in their videos: (Wegman, Benning, Montano, Gibson, Kucher, Acconci, Nauman, etc.) Some works are short glimpses into the lives of these artists. Some artists have created personas or characters to portray. How do we know what is real and what isn't? How can we manipulate time (and create interesting work) without intense editing?

Remember that the early artists used simple in-camera edits. Only recently have artists had the luxury of using non-linear editing systems. What does this mean? PLAN AHEAD! Spend a few days shooting to get used to the camcorder, then start thinking of your SCRIPT. Storyboard your idea, as you will need to shoot this IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER, performing simple LINEAR editing.

Get to know your camcorder! Read the manual, try all of the functions. Video tape is CHEAP! Don't worry about "wasting" it on a shot you're not sure about. GO AHEAD! You've got 60" on each tape.

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Suggested Techniques:


Thurs 8/28: Reading #1 Due: Read handout #1: pp. 3-23 in Nonlinear 4: a guide to digital film and video editing by Michael Rubin

Tues 9/2: Reading #2 Due: Read handout #2: Chapters 6, 8, 14, 17 & 19 in Film Directing: Shot By Shot: Visualizing from Concept to Screen by Steven D Katz
Tues 9/2: Due: Detailed, Professional Storyboard / Script for Project #1

Thurs 9/4: Reading #3 Due: Read handout #3: Chapter 2: Video Art in New Media in Late 20th-Century Art by Michael Rush
Thurs 9/4: Due: Film Reflection #1 (from Recommended Film List) (a paragraph critiquing and commenting on significance)

PROJECT #1: DUE Tuesday Sept 9 - cued and ready to show on mini-DV or VHS tape.

Camcorders Available at:
School of Art Media Cage, 112 Fine Arts Center, Mon-Thurs 8am-9pm, Fri 8am-3pm (3 MiniDV and 9 Hi-8)
StudentTech, 200 Saddlemire, Mon-Thurs 8am-8pm; Fri 8am-4pm, Sun 3-8pm; 372-9277

BGSU Bookstore, MiniDV $8.25 each
B&H Photo Video, MiniDV $3.29 to $3.99 each depending on quantity

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