SPRING 2014 SYLLABUS
ART 2040 Digital Filmmaking: Visual Narratives
12:00 - 1:55pm Tues/Thurs
AB Anderson Hall 335 (Partially Online)
Art 2040 is an 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 hands-on experience with digital video tools.
Software + Cameras: Due to the recent changes in video editing software options, students will be able to make their own choices about what software to use in this course. Art 2040 stresses concepts of cinematic storytelling, encouraging students to embrace learning and problem-solving with the video editing software they prefer. Many students have Adobe Premiere as part of their Creative Suite software on mac laptops. The Multimedia Hub and campus computer labs have various video editing options. Our ABAH 335 classroom offers access to 3 imacs with: Final Cut Pro X , iMovie, and Premiere. If you prefer to work on your own PC, you may work in another software. Please check for compatability with cameras available. We have Panasonic Lumix GH2 cameras for checkout, and others in the Multimedia Hub.
Software / Lynda.com training:
Each student will track their time on software training tutorials over the semester. .(Expect to do at least 8 hours over the spring). UMD users will log in using their University Internet ID and password in order to access training videos available on lynda.umn.edu. Lynda.com’s vast library is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and contains thousands of professional-grade Windows and Mac video tutorials.
• external harddrive for backup
• SDHC memory card for Panoasonic GH2 camera Get Class 10 SDHC cards (4GB, 8GB,16 GB).
• storyboard kit ( index cards and markers)
• dvd for final digital portfolio
Need to check out special equipment or get some extra help with your video edit? Visit the Multimedia Hub in Library 260
Collaboration with Actors / Tentative Schedule:
Feb 4 : Both Classes Meet, Visual Narrative Students will bring images of settings / locations.
Please mark you calendars and work these dates into your shoot schedules for short film projects. Some teams may opt to shoot outside of class time, please include details on your planning sheet.
Thursday March 13: Scripts due to Tom, Joellyn and Team
Tuesday March 25: PreProduction Team Meetings
Thursday March 27: First Shoot Day
Tuesday April 1 : Shoot Day
Tuesday April 8 : Shoot Day in MMADlab (Shaniqua Mockumentary)
Tuesday April 15: Pick up Shots / re-shoot if necessary
NOTE: AFTER SPRING BREAK, ON TUES MARCH 25, Please go to the correct room: Team 2, 5, and 6 in Acting Classroom, Teams 1, 3, 4 go to ABAH 335 Digital Art Classroom
April 22: All Files Transferred to Teammates
2pm on Wedneday May 14 > Screening Final Projects