Samuel M. Yum
Develops beginning to intermediate skills and techniques in one or more forms of communication practice and media production.
Working with Video
This workshop is an introduction to the tools of basic video production, as well as the general media resources available on campus. In small groups and as individuals, students will gain both a conceptual foundation and working knowledge of the principles of video production requisite for upper-level media workshops. In the process of acquiring skills students will begin thinking about and producing original visual stories with campus video equipment, including use of the Digital Media Lab (DML) UW2-121. Students will go through a series of media assignments that include the stages of planning a short narrative video project; basic camerawork and field shooting; and basic post-production techniques. Theoretical and practical readings, plus in-class review of a range of film, video, hypertext and other short- and long-form visual media will provide the basis for class discussions, but significant time will also be reserved for critical and constructive feedback on assignments and projects as they progress through the quarter.
Students are expected to vary in experience and proficiency with media tools entering the workshop, though sessions are designed for those with limited to no background. More advanced media students are welcome but are encouraged to use workshop sessions to continue working on their projects independently. The DML is a Mac lab and supports Adobe and Mac-based programs (Adobe CS, iLife, FCP).
Student learning goals
To gain basic proficiency in digital video production with campus resources available, including: --pre-production (conceptualizing, planning); --production (basic camera operation, field shooting); --post-production (editing, finishing/exporting)
To learn to construct effective descriptions and analyses of visual narratives
To analyze rhetorical and aesthetic strategies of short format video
To produce an original short video project
General method of instruction
Lab/workshop instruction, peer review and discussion of projects
Class assignments and grading
Weekly media assignments, final project, workshop participation