Projection Mapping
BGSU - Digital Arts / Film
Syllabus - Fall 2013
Monday / Wednesday 11:30am-1:50pm
Room: 202 Wolfe Center

Professor Heather Elliott-Famularo Professor Thomas Castillo
Phone: 372-9943 Phone: 372-3236
e-mail: helliot(at) e-mail: tjcasti(at)
Office Hrs: Tuesdays 9-11am,
room 1014 Fine Arts Center
Office Hrs: Mon/Wed 10am-11:30am,
room 236 Wolfe Center

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PREREQUISITE: ARTC 3440, THFM 2900, THFM 2550 or permission of instructor.

Video Projection Mapping is a projection technique that is used to turn almost any surface into a dynamic video display. Students will explore both small-scale gallery installation and architectural projection. Students should come into the course with existing live-action video, film, and/or 3D animation skills which will then be built upon by learning new projection and installation skills, compositing skills in After Effects, and sound recording and editing skills in Soundtrack Pro.

This is a collaborative, interdepartmental course. Digital Arts, Film Production, and perhaps sculpture students will have the opportunity to work together. The course will culminate in a gallery exhibition and public event at Arts Xtravaganza (Friday, 12/6). The ideal student is one who is interested in exploring both virtual & real three-dimensional (sculptural) space to create experimental, time-based artwork.

All students will:

Students will be encouraged to explore totally new methods of creating artworks. The course is designed to fulfill the needs of advanced undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in expanding their artistic vision, exploring new techniques in art and research, and broadening their audience. Students will create site-specific, time-based public art works in a variety of styles and media. In addition, students will be highly encouraged to collaborate, working together to create larger scale artworks / films than one person could possibly achieve alone. The semester will culminate in a community event, Arts Xtravaganza, where the public can experience our final projects both in the Wankleman Gallery and on architectural surfaces of the Wolfe Center, Moore College of Music, and the Fine Arts Center.

During the term, students will be introduced to a variety of artists who use time-based projection in their installation artworks, performances, and/or films. Readings and discussions on related contemporary issues and individual perspectives will compliment the technical aspects of the course. Students will participate in exploratory labs where they will be exposed to hands-on learning and problem solving.

Students will be encouraged to use their area of focus (major) as a springboard for this course, will have the flexibility to work in any media, and have the opportunity to acquire new skills. In addition, all students will improve their video production skills for documentation and/or artistic purposes. Students will learn new methodologies for art-making, research and collaboration.

TOPICS TO BE COVERED: Subject to change.
The primary goal of this course is to create public artworks for ArtsXtravaganza. This may be done through collaboration. You may also be encouraged to explore some of these concepts: The focus of the course is on concept & ideas, however. We will discuss:

Course Activities: Please note that some of these listed activities may be adjusted.

Technical / Creative Exercises: Throughout this course, you will complete a number of exercises and orientations that are designed to build your technical competence and help you complete your creative projects. Examples include working with working with sound recording equipment, creating sound effects, compositing, green screen lighting, animating in After Effects, and using mixed footage sources.

Readings and Discussion: You will be required to read and discuss assigned articles, book selections, or online readings throughout the semester. There is no textbook for this course.

Introduction Video: You will create a short video that introduces yourself, your interests, and your goals to the class.

Cabinet of Curiosities/Wunderkammen: Emerging from the official Arts Extravaganza theme, you will projection map a small object(s) of your choosing. We will combine and re-install all of the objects to create a Cabinet of Curiosities exhibit in the Wankleman Gallery at Arts Extravaganza.

Space Mapping: You will map a small room or interior space, utilizing the architectural specificity of the space (textures, lines, corners) as a guide to both content and aesthetics.

Soundscape: You will create an original sound design piece utilizing found and original sounds. You will build this soundscape in conjunction with your second space mapping project.

Large-scale Architectural Mapping: You will create a large-scale projection that will be displayed on the exterior of the Wolfe Center (or Moore College of Arts or Fine Arts Center) during Arts Extravaganza.

Artist / Filmmaker Analysis: Each student will research and analyze work of one contemporary time-based artist or filmmaker. Students are encouraged to utilize school resources (On-campus artist visits, screenings, or research resources) in order to complete this assignment. Why is this artist important to their field? Why should we pay attention to their work? What specific tools or techniques are used by the artist in creating their work? What does this artist do similarly or differently than other artists in the field? Fields can include installation art, film editing or sound design, or even video game design.

**PLEASE NOTE**: For Arts Xtravaganza, you will install or re-install many of the projects listed above in or around the Wolfe Center and/or Fine Arts Center. This will be the culmination of the course, and thousands of people will experience your projects in the public that evening! You will need to be available all day Friday 12/6 as well as Thursday 12/5 afternoon and evening, so be sure to request off from work now if there is a possible conflict. You must make yourself available for installation, ArtsXtravaganza, and tear-down after the event.

Requirements: Each student is expected to complete and will be graded on the following:

Extra Credit Opportunities:
-Film II Students may complete a full cut of their film, with sound, for extra course credit. Specific parameters will be provided.
-Links for Calls for Entries, Tutorials, etc.: Email these to me and I will add them to our class website.
-Film Festival Entries: Enter any of your works into a film / projection festival for extra credit (regardless if accepted or not)

GRADING: "A"s are given for excellent projects that are turned in on time! "C"s are given for projects completed on time but average in quality and quantity. "F"s are substituted for missing assignments. Cumulative grades are calculated periodically throughout the course and distributed to the individual students.
You will be graded on the following:
1- Class Participation (in critiques, discussions, asking questions, making comments)
2- Class Preparation (do readings, bring materials)
3- Projects (1-2 projects of equal value)
4- Weekly Technical Assignments
5- Quizzes / Writings, etc.
6- Final Project (x2 = double value)
** Attendance (lowers grade if exceed limit, see below)

LATE ASSIGNMENTS: Up to 24 hours late is one grade lower, 1-3 days late is two grades lower, and 3-4 days late is 3 grades lower. No late assignments will be accepted after 4 days. You will receive a zero (F) for that project, but you must still complete it.

ATTENDANCE: & In Class Participation
Attendance is not only mandatory but it is crucial to your success in this class. Each week we will discuss readings, learn important technical information, critique work, view videos, and work on in-class exercises. These important activities will not be repeated.
If you are not in class please go to our class website and talk to myself or other students to see what was covered and if work was assigned. Absence is not a valid excuse for coming to the following class unprepared, or for not having an assignment completed that was given while you were gone. It is especially important to attend ALL critiques. If due to an emergency you are unable to attend a crit, please schedule an appointment with me upon your return. This class will adhere to the following Attendance Policy:

  1. Missing more than 10% of regularly scheduled course meeting times (3 classes) results in the reduction of the final grade by one letter grade, and continues for each additional absence up to the 6th absence.
  2. Missing more than 20% of regularly scheduled course meetings (6 classes) results in automatic failure for the course. (Formula: #7=F).
  3. There are no “excused” or “unexcused” absences. There is only presence or absence.
  4. Arriving for class late or leaving class before dismissal constitutes a tardy. The accumulation of three tardies is equal to an absence. Role will be taken at the beginning of each class. If you wander in late, it is your responsibility to make sure I mark your arrival.
  5. Do not leave class early. If you must, you have to clear it with me first, or you will be marked absent for that day.
  6. Attendance at FINAL CRITIQUE is mandatory. Absence, for any reason, will lower your final grade by one letter.
  7. In the event of a mental or physical health emergency or another similar crisis that may cause you to miss more than two classes, please set up an appointment with me to discuss your options.

CRITIQUES: Crits are an important part of an artist's learning process. They are an excellent way to understand if your message is being received by seeing how your colleagues responded to the assignment. During Critiques, I expect each student's full attention and respect. Computers & cell phones are TURNED OFF. Critiques begin promptly at class start time. Attendance and participation at Final Critique is mandatory.

CLASS MATERIAL: You are accountable for material covered in class, including handouts. IF ANYTHING IS NOT CLEAR, ASK! It is your responsibility to get missed materials from me or your classmates. I will gladly clarify any information, but I will NOT repeat demonstrations for absentees.

Folder / Binder for handouts & readings
5-6 Mini DV source tapes (if using tape-based cameras)
5-10 DVD-Rs for installation sources / back up
External Hard Drive (Fire Wire 800 recommended!!)**
Noise cancelling headphones (bring EVERY CLASS)
Tape Measure / Still camera (for installation / space)

Where to get tapes: Tapes are cheaper when you order them online. No tax, and also a quantity discount! I recommend Sony.
Sony DVM-60PR 60 Minutes Premium Mini DV Video Cassette, Mfr# DVM60PRR $1.99

Film Equipment Lab and Digital Arts Equipment Lab (MCaP): Familiarize yourself with the hours and policies of the equipment labs. It is your responsibility to schedule, check out, and return equipment safely and according to lab procedure.

Materials and Class Fee: The fee for this class is used to purchase hardware and software that is not maintained by ITS. This includes items such as extra ram, cameras, camcorders, printers, scanners and software that does not fall under the standard list.Additionally, we contribute money towards the standard software. We also purchase instructional manuals and DVDs. These materials, hardware and software are available to this class.

Student Project Use: Projects created in any Digital Arts or Film course may be used by the School of Art / Film Department for the purpose of promoting the student, the department, and/or the university in general. These materials may also be used for instructional purposes in future courses.

Student Concerns: A student who wishes to discuss accommodations on the basis of a disability please talk to us after class or during office hours.

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