HAMPSHIRE COLLEGE

FILM/VIDEO Courses

Spring 2007

All courses 4 credits unless otherwise noted.

 

HACU 108INTRO TO MEDIA PRODUCTION

Lane†††† Cap16

M 1-3:50, Lib B3

This course is an introduction to the theory, history and practice of media production.Students will explore fundamentals of creative production in sound, photography, video, and web design.An equal emphasis is placed on understanding the social, historical and aesthetic conditions that create meaning in a work of art. Students will be expected to demonstrate that they are learning not only how to make media, but how to engage with the form critically and creatively.Motivations and trajectories from activism to the avant-garde will be explored through readings, viewings and assignments.This course is a pre-requisite for Video I, Film I or Photo I. There is a $50 lab fee charged for the course. EXP, PRJ, PRS, REA, WRI

Fulfills 5 College Film Studies Major Requirement:__††

 

HACU 209INTRO TO VIDEO PRODUCTION††

Lane†††† Cap16

W 2:30-3:20 class, Lib B3 classand screening W 7-9pm., PFB Class

This course is an introductory video production course.Students will engage in a series of exercises in video that build off of one another to culminate in an independent final project.Skills in camera, lighting, sound recording, editing and DVD authoring will be primary.Class time is divided between hands-on workshops, discussion, screenings, and ongoing critique of student work.Students will be expected to demonstrate that they are learning not only how to make media, but how to engage with the form critically and creatively.There is a lab fee charged for the course.

Prerequisite: 100 level course in media arts (Introduction to Media Arts, Introduction to Media Production, Introduction to Digital Photography & New Media, or equivalent).

Fulfills 5 College Film Studies Major Requirement:__††

 

HACU 210FILM I††

Ravett††††††††††††† Cap 16

TH 9-11:50, SCR TH 7-10PM††††††††††† PFB classroom

This course teaches the basic skills of film production including cinematography, editing, lighting, and sound recording. Students will complete a series of individual and collaborative 16mm filmmaking assignments as well as a final individual project. Digital video and nonlinear editing will also be introduced. Weekly screenings and critical readings will introduce students to a wide range of approaches to the moving image. A $50 lab fee provides access to equipment and editing facilities. Students are responsible for providing their own film, tape, processing and supplies.

Prerequisite courses include a 100-level course in media arts (Introduction to Media, Introduction to Digital Photography & New Media or equivalent) and must be completed before registering for this course.

Fulfills 5 College Film Studies Major Requirement:__††

 

HACU 255VIDEO II:

Mapping Time: History and Practices of Film/Video Installation

Farkhondeh††††††††††††††††† Cap 16

T 9-11:50, Lib Studio

Perceptions of time and space function differently in the museum or gallery than in the theatrical setting. Installation uses space as an integral part of creating meaning. In this course we will look at film, video, and media works that use, sound, site-specificity, multiple channels and loops as tools for communicating ideas. We will investigate the multiple histories, strategies, and concepts around film and video installation. The presentation of motion pictures in a non-theatrical setting dates back to the early days of cinema. We will look at histories of projection performance, multi-channel video works, and installations from the days of magic lantern slide shows, through Dada and Fluxus to contemporary installation practice.Students will be expected to read from a variety of historical, theoretical, literary, and art historical texts, write papers, and give in-class presentations on historical and contemporary installation artists. Emphasis is also put on class discussions of assigned readings and content of lectures. Students will be expected to present one final installation of their own. Throughout the semester hands on workshops will be organized outside of class when needed.

Prerequisite: Minimum of one Film or Video course.

Fulfills 5 College Film Studies Major Requirement:__††

 

HACU 269THE JAPANESE CINEMA††††

Ravett Cap 25†††††††††††

F 9-11:50, PFB CLASSROOM

"I think that to find what is real one must look very closely at one's world, to search for those things which contribute to this reality which one feels under the surface.These are few and one uses them to create.These are the core around which the world moves, the axis around which it turns...To be an artist means to search for, find, and look at these things; to be an artist means never to avert one's eyes."--Akira Kurosawa

††††††††††† "I want to portray a man's character by eliminating all the dramatic devices.I want to make people feel what life is like without delineating all the dramatic ups and downs."--Yasujiro Ozu

††††††††††† "My films do not treat sensational events or, for that matter, contain much drama.Depicted are images of everyday Japan and the daily lives of its people."-Sumiko Haneda

This course will involve a detailed study of the Japanese cinema.It will highlight works in the dramatic narrative, documentary and experimental traditions.The films screened will use the past to explore the meaning of the present, examine the relationships within families, investigate formal issues in cinematic construction and attempt to articulate broader social issues the Japanese society. Class will meet once a week for two hours and fifty minutesplus additional time for second screenings.Enrollment is limited to 25 students with no prerequisites.Participants will be asked to complete a series of papers plus a final project based on class discussions, film screenings, and assigned readings.A $10 lab fee will be utilized to help defray the cost of film rentals

Fulfills 5 College Film Studies Major Requirement:__††

 

HACU/IA 278SCREENWRITING†††††††††††

Elyanow†††††††††††††††††††††† Cap 16

TH 12:30-3:20, FPH 108

This 200-level course is open to advanced students currently working on projects and/or less advanced students seeking to develop basic understandings and skills in screenwriting.Students are expected to work on writing exercises, bring in pages to read in class, and/or continue developing an existing idea or work-in-progress such as a divisional project. The focus of the class will be on screenwriting structure, with specific attention paid to the paradigmatic Three-Act Structure of narrative feature films.Alternative approaches to understanding structure and story will also be discussed, such as The Hero's Story, The Dual-Lead Story, The Multi-Protagonist Story, The Cyclical Story, The Bookended Story and Kristin Thompson's Four-Act Structure Paradigm.Other issues to be addressed include Character Development and Arc, Dialogue, Scene Structure, Scene Transitions, Point of View, Writing Directive Paragraphs, Creating Forward Movement, Plot Vs. Story and Understanding Theme.Examples of both screenplays and movie scene selections with audio commentary will be used in class.

Registration is by instructor permission and will be posted after the first class. This course satisfies Division I distribution requirements. EXP, PRJ, PRS

Fulfills 5 College Film Studies Major Requirement:__††

 

HACU 287PERFORMANCE AND DIRECTING FOR FILM, VIDEO AND INSTALLATION†††††††

Hillman ††††††††††† Cap 16

T 9-11:50-class, T 7:00 PM Scr, PFB classroom

This is a production/theory course for video and film students interested in developing and strengthening the element of performance in their work. How do we find a physical performance language and a camera language that expand upon one another in a way that liberates the imagination? This course will explore performance and directing in their most diverse possibilities, in a context specific to film and videomakers. The class will concentrate on the development of individual approaches to directing, performance, text, sound and image. We will explore the ways in which ideas of artifice, naturalism, theatricality and anti-theatricality function within scripted and unscripted fiction and non-fiction works. We will discuss visual and verbal gesture, variations of approach with actors and non-actors, camera movement, and the structuring of performance in short and long form single-channel and installation works. We will study works by Catherine Breillat, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Carrie Mae Weems, Jennifer Reeves, Jan Svankmajer, Wong Kar Wai, Anna Deavere Smith, and Ximena Cuevas among others.

Instructor permission required.

Fulfills 5 College Film Studies Major Requirement:__††

 

HACU/IA 297PERFORMING THE IMAGE††††††

Landau †††††††††††

TTH 12:30-3:20PM, Art Barn studio 2, media proj†††††††††††††††††† Cap 16

Performing the Image: A Practical Exploration of the use of Performance in the Visual Arts and of the Visual in the Performing Arts: An Intermediate Level Course

With the advent of conceptual, video, installation, and performance art, performative practices have become widely used by visual artists. Simultaneously, in the avant-garde theater the visual has become primary in the work of more and more theater-makers.In this course, we will explore the use of performance in visual based work from historical, theoretical, and practical perspectives. Throughout the course, we will address the problems of working with performance in relation to issues of temporality and spatiality, work that utilizes multiple media, art that creates sensorial experiences that transcend the purely visual, and performance as both product and process. These topics will be addressed through presentations of artists and their work, readings and class discussions.However, at the center the curriculum will be studentsí involvement in the making and presenting of their own "performative" artwork.In most cases students will NOT be required to perform their own work.

Prerequisite: Open to Division II and III students.Division I students must obtain instructor permission. This course is designed for students with some background in a visual art (this includes photography, film, and new media) and or a performing art.

Fulfills 5 College Film Studies Major Requirement:__††

 

HACU 299DIVISION II INDEPENDENT PROJECTS:

Seminar in Film, Video, Photography, Installation, Performance and Web Art

Farkhondeh††††† Cap 16

W 9-11:50 Class, PFB class

This course will provide an opportunity to Division II students who wish to pursue their own work, creating at least one completed new work for inclusion in the Division II portfolio. We will enter each student work where it is at the beginning of the course, whether in pre-production, production or post-production. Each student will be required to present his/her work to the group several times during the semester for critique and discussion. The group will provide critical, technical and crew support for one another. Team projects are fine as long as each participant has a distinct and responsible role in the making of the work. Technical workshops will be offered where necessary, although students must have some level of mastery over his/her form of expression before joining the course and college level course work and evaluations in that area. We will unpack the conceptual process of creating and realizing new works. Readings, screenings and museum/gallery visits which address the specific problems faced by class members in developing the works-in-progress will be added as we go. All of these activities including active verbal contributions to all sessions are required of each student under the guiding principle that tracking each others intellectual and creative process will help them refine their own. A lab fee of $50 covers the use of Hampshire equipment and technical staff (although only one lab fee per semester is expected of each student whether participating in one or more courses.) This course provides a structured context in which to do independent work at the Division II level.

Prerequisites: good mastery of form in which you will work and evaluations from several courses in the area.

Fulfills 5 College Film Studies Major Requirement:__††

 

HACU 399FILM/PHOTOGRAPHY/VIDEO STUDIES SEMINAR††††††

Lynch/Seydel††† ††††††††††† Cap 30

W 2:30-5:20, PFB Classroom

This course is open to film, photography and video concentrators in Division III and others by consent of the instructor. The class will attempt to integrate the procedural and formal concentration requirements of the College with the creative work produced by each student. It will offer a forum for meaningful criticism, exchange, and exposure to each other. In addition, various specific kinds of group experience will be offered, including lectures and critiques by guest artists and professionals and workshops in advanced techniques. The course will include discussions of post- graduate options and survival skills including tips on fundraising, exhibition and distribution, and graduate school applications. There will be a $50 lab fee.

Enrollment is limited to Division III concentrators; contracts must have been filed prior to enrollment. All others must have permission of the instructor.

Fulfills 5 College Film Studies Major Requirement:__††