ARTC 3440 Summer 2012
Digital Video Art
Direct or Observational Cinema: Dramatizing a Location
DUE: TUESDAY, May 29
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 train or bus station, a restaurant or cafeteria, a dormitory, 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 (Due Thursday 5/24 AM): 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. 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 might like to interview.
Assignment: Do the research (BRING SKETCHES & NOTES TO CLASS), then write a proposal with 5 descriptive paragraphs:
2. PLANNING (Due Thursday 5/24 AM): 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 (if you choose to have a human subject - not required).
Assignment (due 3/15): 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.
** Remember to get a signed Video Release form for any human subjects and permission for location use if necessary.
This is a compressed course, but we will not meet between Thursday and Tuesday because of the Memorial Day holiday. However, I will be available via email and vimeo if you want to contact me for any feedback before the final due date!
SCHEDULE OF DEADLINES / EVENTS FOR PROJECT #3:
|Thursday May 24th:||
Reading #5 Due! (What Types of Documentary Are There? from Introduction to Documentary by Bill Nichols)
|Initial Research & Proposal Due! (5 paragraphs); Final Project 2 video due.|
|Project #3 - Storyboard + Script / Shot List + interview questions Due!|
|Tuesday May 29th:||FINAL VIDEOS DUE - copied to HW folder prior to start of class. Critique.|
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