PROJECT #2: Video Identities

Due: Tuesday, March 2 at start of class*


The focuses of this project are to: 1) learn to think creatively with a time-based medium (video), and 2) Investigate ideas of "IDENTITY" - how can this be creatively explored with the possibilities that adding "time" gives us: narrative, linear expression of change, geographical explorations (the camera exploring the physical), etc.

Create a 2-5 minute video using the video camcorder (your own shot footage) and iMovie. 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 - What is YOUR identity, or how do you INTERPRET identity? (Ideas: Who aren't you? Who is your alter ego? How do you see yourself in connection to digital technology or society? How do others see you? Where do you come from? What is your history? What is your future?... Tell us a story. Explore the physical - your body, your "space".)

We will be looking at the work of many contemporary and historic video artists who have included themselves in their videos: (Wegman, Benning, Montano, Gibbons, Kucher, Acconci, 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) with simple editing?

PLAN AHEAD! Spend a few days shooting to learn the camcorder, then start thinking of your SCRIPT. Read the camera 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-minutes on each tape. Shooting / experimenting can be a great way to come up with an idea too!
Suggested Concepts / Starting Points:
  • Create a short video documentary (George Kucher)
  • Record an event in real-time - staged or real (William Wegman)
  • Document a staged performance (Sadie Benning, Joe Gibbons)
  • Create a video diary, recording private memories (Benning, Linda Montano)
  • LINKS: Click Here to read more about Video Artists we discuss or view in class.

    LINKS: Click Here for Free Sound Download sites.

    Suggested Techniques:
  • Use the information learned in the Shooting Workshop to create interesting lighting situations
  • Be creative with your camera angles & compositions: Try zooms, panning action, close-ups; Avoid placing subject in center frame
  • Get FAMILIAR with your camera - learn all the features / effects. Try macro setting, manual focus, shutter speed adjustment
  • PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE! - decide your shots before you begin shooting the final version!
  • Think about AUDIO! CONTROL the audio in the original sources. (clean space, no background noises - the camera picks up everything).  

  • Schedule of Due Dates

    Tuesday, February 9: Reading #2-1:

    Video Art, pp. 78-113 by Michael Rush from New Media in Late 20th Century Art.
    2) Complete this Reading Response Quiz and post on your BLOG;
    We will discuss it on 2/9 and your participation will count towards your grade.
    Thursday, February 11: Reading #2-2:
    from Film Direction: Shot by Shot, by Steven Katz. Handouts on Framing / Shot terms
    (download >> PART 1 and PART 2 )
    We will discuss it during the workshop and your participation will count towards your grade.
    Thursday, February 11: BRING A VIDEO CAMCORDER TO CLASS!!
    You can check it out from TSC - Hayes Hall, rm 110.
    Thursday, February 11: Two Inkjet prints and Final Digital Files from Project 1:
    Bring in TWO prints from Project 1 made at Fine Arts Print lab (room 202). (You will be graded on these prints.)
    You may hand in ADDITIONAL prints of other images for EXTRA CREDIT.
    You must also copy over your final FLATTENED TIF files of your updated images to the Class Folder!
    Tuesday, February 16: Professional Concept Proposal:
    Write a professional, well-written Project Proposal in paragraph form. This must include:
    1) your concept clearly stated
    2) what type of footage (location, who is in the video)
    3) your intention (what you want the audience to think about the piece)
    4) audio details, sequencing and shots, and timing
    5) It must be in paragraph form, spell checked, grammar checked, and typed.
    6) You must POST IT ON YOUR BLOG!  
    Thursday, February 16: Video Tape - 5-minute exploration:
    Shoot 5-minutes of video on Mini-DV tape. You can shoot ANYTHING! Bring the tape and camcorder to class so we can learn to digitize.
    Tuesday, February 23: Storyboard:
    Download a template HERE
    Your storyboard must contain ALL of the following 6 items:
    1. a sketch of each shot
    2. description of plot/action of narrative
    3. intended cuts or transitions
    4. camera work (close-up, midshot, etc), if your footage
    5. sound description and intentions
    6. estimation of timecode (minutes:seconds:frames)
    Thursday, February 25: ROUGH EDITS:
    Clips for your final video must be digitized, in iMovie, and roughed out. You will be checked off for a grade.

    Tuesday, March 2 promptly at start of class!
    Final .m4v Movie copied to Class Homework folder

    To turn in your final video, do the following:
    In iMovie:
    1) Make sure your project is open in the top.
    2) Top menu: SHARE > Export Movie (Cmd+E)
    3) Settings:
    - Export As: (YourLastName)
    - Where: Desktop
    - Size to Export: Large
    4) Click the Export button. The file will render & appear on the desktop.

    To copy over to the HOMEWORK FOLDER:
    On the Desktop:
    2) Click on default$. Click "Connect"
    3) Enter your BGSU Login and password (same as email)
    4) Double Click on GraphicArts$ drive on desktop
    5) Double Click on Classes folder.
    6) Double Click on ARTC2010-1002.
    7) Double Click on PROJECT2-CRITIQUE
    8) Double Click on YOUR folder (your last name)
    9) Drag & Drop your "lastname.m4v" file to copy it to the folder.

    You will also need to create a WEB version of this for use later in the course. I will give you instruction later.

    How to Master to Mini-DV Tape
    To make a Mini-DV master tape of your work, do the following:

    1) Check out a digital camcorder from TSC.
    2) Connect the Firewire cable from the camera to the firewire input on your mac. You are able to control it just like a camcorder.
    3) Fast Forward / Rewind your tape to a clean point where you would like to export your movie.
    4) File > Share... (Click on VideoCamera icon) and click "SHARE" to begin mastering.
    Have your Mini-DV tape cued to the start of your movie so we can begin promptly at start of class.

    You will also need to create a WEB version of this for use later in the course. I will give you instruction later.

    TSC - Technology Support Center
    Tuesday - Thursday 7:30 am - midnight
    Friday 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday & Sunday CLOSED

    The Technology Support Center now provides the digital video and still camera checkout service that was previously done through the Student Technology Center. Cameras and accessories must be requested at the front desk of The Technology Support Center for students enrolled in a BGSU undergraduate or graduate program. We will not take reservations, and cameras must be used for academic purposes only. Please call the Technology Support Center at 419-372-0999 or stop by Hayes Hall 110 with any questions. The DV camera kit and light kit can be borrowed a period of three (3) days. An external Firewire drive can be borrowed for seven (7) days.

    Mini-DV Casette Tapes: