ARTC 3440 Spring 2013
Digital Video Art
Direct or Observational Cinema: Dramatizing a Location
DUE: Monday, March 25
Using tripod camera work and ambient lighting and sound, shoot materials for a 4-5 minute video that compresses and captures the feel and mood of the location over a time span of at least 4 hours (can be longer!).
Possible Subjects: a restaurant or cafeteria, a dormitory, a train or bus station, a workplace, a construction site, a park, a street market, a plaza, a tattoo shop, a hair salon, a busy family home, a park, a smoking patio, a classroom, a studio, a gallery, a bar, etc.
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1. RESEARCH: Choose a visually interesting public (or private) location with a strong cyclical “life.” Bring your sketchpad and spend a few hours observing, listening, and sketching. Come ready to truly OBSERVE – turn off your phone, focus on examining the actions within the space. You might want to zero in on a single character associated with the place or depict several. Make notes of everything that strikes you, paying special attention to expository detail (that is, what you must show to establish essentials of the location for your audience – where, when, why, who, what, how). Also pay careful attention to the sound in the location, and note which sounds you will record. Find one person in the space that you would like to interview.
Assignment (due Monday 3/11) (or email it to me sooner if you want to work on this over Spring Break!)): Do the above research, then write a proposal with 5 descriptive paragraphs:
2. PLANNING: Look over your research notes and select the best images, actions, and sounds to show the life, people, and spirit of your location. From these, write a shot list or “script” that implies a structure and dramatic curve. Sketch out a storyboard of the shots. Pay special attention to depicting the beginning, middle and end of each cycle in the location. Also write up ten questions you would like to ask your interview subject.
Assignment (due Wednesday 3/13): Create:
3.SHOOTING: Return to the location and shoot storyboarded shots, conduct your interview, record sounds, and capture any “gifts” that come your way. Make sure you pay attention to capturing long takes of unique sound. You will want to add these in post-production to create a soundtrack. You will probably use a limited amount of “sync” sound. Also you can add music to the soundtrack (copyright free only!). You may want to return at different times depending on your concept.
SCHEDULE OF DEADLINES / EVENTS FOR PROJECT #3:
|Wednesday, February 25:||
Reading #5 Due! (What Types of Documentary Are There? from Introduction to Documentary by Bill Nichols)
|March 4 & 6:||No Class - Spring Break|
|Monday, March 131||Initial Research & Proposal Due! (5 paragraphs) can email sooner; Final Project 2 video due.|
|Wednesday March 13:||Project #3 - Storyboard + Script / Shot List + interview questions Due!|
|Monday, March 18:||Progress Check Point - 75% finished, rough edited in FCP (grade received)|
|Monday, March 25:||FINAL VIDEOS DUE - copied to HW folder prior to start of class. Critique.|
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