Joellyn Rock
Assistant Professor
UMD Art + Design
office: Voss Kovach 25C
phone: 218-726-8042

Fall office hours:
Monday 1–3pm
Tuesday 1–2pm
note new office in VK 25C

FALL 2011 Syllabus

Digital Filmmaking: Visual Narratives   
ART 2040 - sec 001
2:00PM- 3:55PM TTh
Library 118

Introduction to the fundamentals of digital video production and basic concepts of cinematic narrative. Beginning hands-on experience using digital video tools to create short narrative works. Creative studio art approach to low budget film techniques and project collaboration. Individual and team projects include visual concept development, storyboarding, video production, and digital editing. Emphasis on the visual language of filmmaking and critical appreciation of cinematic media. This course serves students in the film minor and others who are interested in a beginning or a continuing hands-on experience with digital video tools.

Student Learning Outcomes
Students completing this course will be able to demonstrate knowledge of strategic ideation and conceptual development for a short digital video project. Students will be able to demonstrate skill and innovation using digital video editing tools and techniques. Students will be able to demonstrate their ability to analyze, interpret, and critique digital film and video artworks.

• storyboard kit ($12 in bookstore art dept )
• profolio for storyboards + grading
• cd-r or dvd for digital portfolio
• SDHC memory card (class 10)
• external harddrive for backup
(discuss software + harddrive options in class)

OPTIONAL Supplies:
• Final Cut Pro X (software)
•Final Cut Express 4 (software)
Multimedia Hub and Library 118 labs
have Final Cut Express 4 Software for use on Mac computers.

Visit the Multimedia Hub
NEW LOCATION in Library 260
Phone: (218)726-6087

Attendance Policy:
Filmmaking is a collaborative artform. Be prepared to participate as a reliable team player. Attendance is required.

Evaluation on projects and on engaged participation in all class activities, film screenings, demos, presentations, editing tutorials, critiques, and contribution to visual narratives class blog. Plan to post regular assignments to the class blog by each deadline and to include printouts in your final portfolio.

Interview, record voiceover, videotape and edit
1 minute digital story

Project #2: Short Film Project Pitch
develop + present story idea, storyboards and visual plan

Project #3: Short Film in Production
pre-production + production roles

Team project

Project #4: Director's Cut
individual version of team film with edit done by you

1. If this was a movie about my life...
3.View and reflect upon 5 short films
4.Your short film pitch
5. Team Process Reflection

All blog assignments are due by NOON on the Friday of that week.

Required Texts:


Film Directing Shot by Shot: Visualizing from Concept to Screen by Steve Katz

also helpful, but optional:
Cinematic Storytelling by Jennifer Van Sijll

Digital Software Training book of your own choice (Final Cut Exp 4).

Voice and Vision: A Creative Approach to Narrative Film and DV Production by Mick Hurbis-Cherrier


Visual Narratives BLOG

Multimedia Hub

FInal Cut Express Tutorials

Zinema 2 Movie Theatre

UMD School of Fine Arts

Department of Art + Design

Art+Design :: SHOOT STUDIO

Art+Design Happenings

ART 2040
FALL 2011
Tues Class
Thurs Class
Readings + Blog
Sept 5 - 9 Intros > Films we Love Work with Cameras If this was... > Blog Due
Sept 12 - 16 Work with Cameras Screen > Visions of Light Pastures of Plenty LINKS
Sept 19 - 23 Project 1... prep Project 1... shoot Naked Vision 730pm Friday
Sept 26 - 30 Project 1... return cameras Project 1... edit Camera Shots + Angles
Oct 3 - 7 Screen > Short Films Project 1...rough edit due 5 Short Films > Blog DUE
Oct 10 - 14 Project 1... refine edit PROJECT 1 DUE Storyboarding Links
Oct 17 - 21 Short Film Pitch Short Film Pitch Prep Short Film Pitch > on BLOG
Oct 24 - 28 Short Film Pitch > DUE / Vote Team Pre-Production Reading > Shot by Shot
Oct 31 - Nov 4 Team Pre-production Lights / Cameras / Actions Production Roles > Blog Due
Nov 7 - 11 Lights / Cameras / Actions Lights / Cameras / Actions Lighting Tips
Nov 14 - 18 Lights / Cameras / Actions Lights / Cameras / Actions Screening > Scorsese's Journey
Nov 21 - 25 FINISH ALL TEAM SHOOTING THANKSGIVING Give Thanks, shooting is done!
Nov 28 - Dec 2 ALL VIDEO IMPORTED Final Cut > Rough Edit Music + Sound
Dec 5 - 9 EDIT in Final Cut EDIT in Final Cut Final Reflection > Blog Due
Dec 12 - 16 Critique + Refine Critique + Refine LAST WEEK OF CLASS
Dec 19 - 23 Final Exam > 8AM TUES Dec 20

We will be screening parts of several films in class. Those DVDs will also be placed on reserve at the Library Front Desk. Please ask for the films by title. View these films either in class or outside of class.

1. Visions of Light (1992)

2. The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing (2004)

3. Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies.(1995)

I put 4 more Dvds on Reserve for you at the Library front desk. All of these are collections of Short films.You can check them out for one overnight.
1. Shorts! vol 1
2. Shorts! vol 2
3. Wholphin number 3
4. Wholphin number 6

Student Academic Integrity Policy

"Academic dishonesty tarnishes UMD's reputation and discredits the accomplishments of students. UMD is committed to providing students every possible opportunity to grow in mind and spirit. This pledge can only be redeemed in an environment of trust, honesty, and fairness. As a result, academic dishonesty is regarded as a serious offense by all members of the academic community. In keeping with this ideal, this course will adhere to UMD's Student Academic Integrity Policy. This policy sanctions students engaging in academic dishonesty with penalties up to and including expulsion from the university for repeat offenders."

Students with disabilities:
It is the policy and practice of the University of Minnesota Duluth to create inclusive learning environments for all students, including students with disabilities.  If there are aspects of this course that result in barriers to your inclusion or your ability to meet course requirements – such as time limited exams, inaccessible web content, or the use of non-captioned videos – please notify the instructor as soon as possible.  You are also encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Resources to discuss and arrange reasonable accommodations.   Please call 218-726-6130 or visit the DR website at for more information.

Student Conduct Code

The instructor will enforce and students are expected to follow the University's Student Conduct Code. Appropriate classroom conduct promotes an environment of academic achievement and integrity. Disruptive classroom behavior that substantially or repeatedly interrupts either the instructor's ability to teach, or student learning, is prohibited. Disruptive behavior includes inappropriate use of technology in the classroom. Examples include ringing cell phones, text-messaging, watching videos, playing computer games, doing email, or surfing the Internet on your computer instead of note-taking or other instructor-sanctioned activities."