Five College Film & Video Course Guide

HAMPSHIRE COLLEGE  Spring 2009

N.B.  This version of the Guide is a work in progress.  Please see the websites www.umass.edu/film or www.fivecolleges.edu/sites/film for revisions and additions. 

(updated 11/6/08)

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CS-0266-1 (134805)  COMPUTER ANIMATION II

ASH 126 SEM MW 10:30AM 11:50AM                         Capacity    20

C. Perry

Note(s)    Prerequisites Required,    Satisfies Distribution

This course will cover intermediate topics that pertain to the production of visual imagery with the tools of three-dimensional computer graphics (CG). Lectures, readings, and homework assignments will explore subjects including organic shape modeling, character articulation, character animation, extensions to the basic shading and lighting models, and procedural animation. Students will be expected to complete individual projects and participate in group exercises that explore CG as both a standalone medium and as an integral part of modern film/video production. Prerequisite: CS 174. This course satisfies Division I distribution requirements. PRJ, EXP

UMass Film Studies Certificate category: V

5College Film Studies Major requirement:  8 (core)

 

CS-0286-1 (134810)  ANIMATING FAST

ASH 126 SEM TH 12:30PM 03:20PM                           Capacity    20

C. Perry                      

Note(s)    Prerequisites Required,    Satisfies Distribution

The tools and techniques of three- dimensional computer graphics (CG) have supposedly ushered in a new era of animated filmmaking. However, computer animation remains prohibitively slow (and therefore expensive) compared to its real-world counterparts of film and video. As a result, instead of seeing an incredible variety of CG features, the last decade has provided essentially only two types: the high-budget visual effects blockbuster and the high- budget children's movie. Why? Is it really impossible to make computer animated films quickly and cheaply? In addition to answering these questions, this course seeks to identify, develop, and use tools and techniques that provide order-of-magnitude efficiency gains in computer animation. Topics covered will include machinima, various forms of performance and motion capture, interactive digital sculpting, machine-assisted proceduralism, and others. Prerequisite: one or more courses in computer animation, computer science, and/or electrical engineering. This course satisfies Division I distribution requirements. PRJ, EXP

UMass Film Studies Certificate category: V

5College Film Studies Major requirement:  8 (core)

 

HACU-0108-1 (135687)  INTRODUCTION TO MEDIA ARTS: POST CUBAN REVOLUTION CINEMA AND PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS

FPH 105 SEM W 01:00PM 03:50PM                             Capacity    16

J. Hayden

Note(s)    Satisfies Distribution

Post Cuban Revolution Cinema and Photographic Arts: From iconic images of Che to the self examinations of Rene Pena, the mythical realism of Cirenaica Moreira, and photographic based conceptual works that examine existential problems, exodus, homosexuality and women's issues we will analyze the evolution of Cuban still photography alongside its cinematic achievements into the 21st century within their historical, social and political context. We will explore how Cuban films have evolved from the early influence of the Italian neo-realist and French New Wave Cinema to highly authentic and creative cinematic styles of mystical realism and narrative film. Film like photography tends to address a wide spectrum of social conflicts (machismo, women's, class and family issues, existential problems, the crisis of the 1990's, and the exodus. Students will be expected to read historical and theoretical text and art criticism, and write response papers as well as produce projects that relate to the content of the course. Some basic instruction in digital photography and video will be provided for the realization of projects. This course is intended as an Introduction to Media Arts in Film, Photography, Video and Multi Media, as well as a foundation course for students interested in attending Hampshire College's semester abroad program in Havana, Cuba offered in Spring semesters. EXP, MCP, PRJ

UMass Film Studies Certificate category: IIB, V

5College Film Studies Major requirement:  5, 8 (core)

 

HACU-0109-1 (135496)  Introduction to Media Production: Images of War

FPH 101 SEM TTH 02:00PM 03:20PM

FPH 101 SCR W 07:00PM 09:00PM

K. Lynch                                  Capacity    16

This course will introduce students to interdisciplinary work in media. Students in this class will be active readers, lookers, thinkers, and makers. War is a subject making activity. Whether through first-hand oral accounts, painting, photography, film, video or live web-streaming, war is imaged for our consumption and contemplation. This class will consider the relationship between images and military proliferation within daily life. We will look at how images function in both pro and anti-war debates and how they are crucial to our understanding of death and violence when associated with war. We will concentrate on modern warfare and the camera's framing of these engagements. This class will introduce students to critical skills that will enable them to describe, interpret and evaluate the ways in which images represent the world around us. Response, research, reflection and revision are key concepts within the structure of this class. Weekly reading and looking assignments will provoke written and visual responses. Students will participate in group work and dynamic class discussions. This class will prepare students for continued work in media and cultural studies, media production and the social sciences. NOTE: Enrolled or top 5 waitlist students who DO NOT attend the first class session risk losing their place on the class roster., EXP, MCP PRJ, PRS, REA, WRI

UMass Film Studies Certificate category: IIA, V

5College Film Studies Major requirement: 6, 8

 

HACU-0209-1 (135518)  VIDEO I

Meeting Info TBA

J. Braderman                                        Capacity    8

Note(s)    Prerequisites Required;     Limited to Div I Students

This is an introductory video production course. Over the course of the semester students will gain experience in pre- production, production, and post-production techniques as well as learn to think and look critically about the making of the moving image. Projects are designed to develop basic technical proficiency in the video medium as well as the necessary working skills and mental discipline so important to a successful working process. Final production projects will experiment with established media genres. In-class critiques and discussion will focus on media analysis and image/sound relationships. A $50 lab fee provides access to equipment and editing facilities. Students are responsible for providing their own film, tape, processing and supplies. There are weekly evening screenings or workshops, which students must attend. Prerequisite courses include a 100-level course in media arts (Introduction to Media Arts, Introduction to Media). NOTE: Enrolled or top 5 waitlist students who DO NOT attend the first class session risk losing their place on the class roster.

UMass Film Studies Certificate category: V

5College Film Studies Major requirement: 8, core

 

HACU-0210-1 (135519)  FILM WORKSHOP I

PFB CLASS SEM TH 09:00AM 11:50AM

PFB CLASS LAB TH 07:00PM 09:00PM

A. Ravett                                              Capacity    8

Note(s)    Prerequisites Required;     Limited to Div I Students

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. NOTE: Enrolled or top 5 waitlist students who DO NOT attend the first class session risk losing their place on the class roster.

UMass Film Studies Certificate category: V 

5College Film Studies Major requirement:   8 (core)

 

HACU-0211-1 (135520)  STILL PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP I: ANALOGUE

PFB CLASS SEM M 01:00PM 03:50PM

Faculty    R. Seydel                               Capacity    16

Note(s)    Prerequisites Required;     Limited to Div I Students;     Crosslisted with HACU-0211-2

This course emphasizes three objectives: first, the acquisition of basic photographic skills, including composition, exposure, processing, and printing; second, familiarity with historical and contemporary movements in photography and the development of visual literacy; third, the deepening and expanding of a personal way of seeing. Students will have weekly shooting and printing assignments and, in addition, will complete a portfolio by the end of the semester. A $50 lab fee is charged for this course. The lab fee provides access to darkroom facilities, laboratory supplies and chemicals, and special equipment and materials. Students must provide their own film, paper, and cameras.Prerequisite: 100 level course in Media Arts (Introduction to Media Arts (photo, film or video), Intro to Digital Photography & New Media or its equivalent). NOTE: Enrolled or top 5 waitlist students who DO NOT attend the first class session risk losing their place on the class roster.

UMass Film Studies Certificate category: V

5College Film Studies Major requirement:  none

 

HACU-0254-1 (135528)  STILL PHOTOGRAPHY II: THE BODY AND THE FRAME

PFB CLASS SEM F 10:30AM 11:50AM

PFB CLASS SEM F 01:00PM 02:20PM

J. Hayden                                 Capacity    16

Note(s)    Instructor Permission Required

The human form; nude, naked, clothed, full bodies, partial bodies, gendered and racial bodies, young and old bodies constitute a primary subject in contemporary artistic practice. In this class we will explore both the traditions of the photographic nude in western art and its subversions in late 20th century photography. Students will be expected to develop a "body" of photographs related to the topic that can intersect anywhere with the body: straight portraiture, nudes, abstractions of bodies or virtual Web bodies. Students will be instructed to use cameras, computers and materials to develop an aesthetic strategy that either embraces or challenges existing genres. Assigned readings will address issues of identity and representation. Workshops that give training for using equipment and software will occur outside regularly scheduled class and students who already have experience in color and large format are welcome in the course. Required attendance at visiting artists' lectures and workshops will be mandatory. There will be a $50 lab fee. Instructor permission required. Prerequisite Still Photography I and Introduction to Media Arts.

UMass Film Studies Certificate category: V

5College Film Studies Major requirement:  none

 

HACU-0256-1 (135529) FILM/VIDEO WORKSHOP II: SOUND & MUSIC FOR THE MOVING IMAGE

PFB CLASS SEM W 09:00AM 11:50AM

W. Brand                                              Capacity    16

Note(s)    Instructor Permission Required

This course is for advanced film and video students who are prepared to continue developing their own individual projects. Students will be expected to complete individual and group exercises and complete an individual final project. The course will deal in some depth with the theory and practice of working with sound and music for film including 16mm sound-synch filmmaking, audio recording on location and the set, and post- production editing and mixing. Students will learn to make sound tracks for film and video using Final Cut Pro and Protools. Readings and writing about the theory and history of the subject is an essential aspect of the course. Workshops that give training for using equipment and software will occur outside regularly scheduled class and students who already have experience in music composition, electronic music, or sound recording and mixing are welcome in the course. Students must purchase their own film and tape and must pay their own processing fees. Required screenings and workshops sometimes occur in the evening. There will be a $50 lab fee. Instructor permission required.

UMass Film Studies Certificate category: V

5College Film Studies Major requirement:  8  (core)

 

HACU-0257-1 (135530) OFF THE WALL & INTO THE BOX: INTERDISCIPLINARY PRACTICES IN INSTALLATION ART

PFB CLASS SEM W 06:00PM 09:00PM

J. Casbarian                                          Capacity    16

Note(s)    Instructor Permission Required

This advanced course will expose students to the idea of installation art and the concurrent conceptual dialogue that occurs as it relates to a variety of interdisciplinary practices. It will function on the assumption of your autonomy in carrying out individual projects while using the group to receive constructive criticism. During the semester, you will develop a cross-disciplinary approach to art making that explores ways in which to integrate a variety of media including image projection (both still and moving), sound, sculptural elements, and/or performance while considering the space they reside in. Through readings, film/video screenings, and critical discussion, you will examine how the use of interdisciplinary applications have affected and transformed space in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Though some process-based assignments will be given, the dynamics of the class will rely on your ability to produce work based on your own ideas. This is an Upper Level Div II course and will require periodic screening times outside of class. There is a lab fee charged for this course. Instructor Permission.

UMass Film Studies Certificate category: V

5College Film Studies Major requirement:  8 (component)


 

HACU-0258-1 (135531)  STILL PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP II: COLOR

PFB CLASS SEM T 09:00AM 11:50AM

J. Casbarian                                          Capacity    16

Note(s)    Instructor Permission Required

This course is designed to reinforce photographic concepts and techniques while expanding your visual vocabulary to include contemporary color principles and aesthetic. Our investigations will include camera formats and functions, how film reacts to light and records color, and color theory. We will consider these principles via the hands-on application of analog color darkroom processes as well as exploring the dynamics of the digital darkroom. Through a series of assignments that culminate in a final portfolio project, students will develop a heightened, personal sense towards color. Students are expected to participate in readings and research, slide lectures and critiques. This class will emphasize the inherent qualities of the analog and digital medium and the use of output as a way to make informed decisions about the processes we choose in our artistic practice. There is a lab fee for this course. Instructor Permission.

UMass Film Studies Certificate category: V

5College Film Studies Major requirement:  none

 

HACU-0262-1 (135534) WORLD CINEMA: MODERNITY AND MELODRAMA

ASH 221 SEM MW 02:30PM 03:50PM

ASH 112 LAB M 06:00PM 09:00PM

S. Majithia                                            Capacity    25

Film history and cultural criticism once approached melodrama as a failed and lowbrow form characterized by excessive rhetoric, one-dimensional characterizations, and schematized moral polarizations. In this course, however, we will survey scholarship of the last few decades, which exhibits a newfound interest in mode, particularly within postcolonial, feminist, and Marxist, frameworks. If as Peter Brooks argues, melodrama is a mode for the modern age, how does a sense of the postcolonial modern come to be visualized and articulated in cinematic melodrama? In this course, we will focus on how melodrama’s focus on gendered body figures comparative models of modernity with a focus on films drawn from national cinemas around the world. Films might include: All That Heaven Allows (USA), Ali Fear Eats the Soul (Germany), Cloud-capped star (India), No Regrets for Our Youth (Japan), The Goddess (China), Noony the Loony (Egypt), and Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Brazil) among others.

UMass Film Studies Certificate category: IIB

5College Film Studies Major requirement:  4, 5, 6 (core)

 

HACU-0272-1 (135539)  GORGON'S REFLECTION: WORDS AND IMAGES OF TERROR

FPH 107 CRS W 02:30PM 05:20PM

FPH 107 LAB W 07:00PM 09:00PM

P. Barskova; K. Lynch                          Capacity    30

Note(s)    Instructor Permission Required

This seminar will look at terror and the proliferation of state violence in daily life. Combining texts, images, films, and secondary readings, we will look specifically at the work of Russian and American artists to create a dynamic dialog across cultures and politics. Drawing from a rich tradition of literature and artistic practice, we will look at particular events and the artists and writers who have responded in their time. Units will include: Tolstoy and the Crimean War, Russian Terrorism as interpreted by Dostoevsky, Bely, and Shklovsky; the UC Berkeley mapping visual project, and the siege of Leningrad in art, poetry and diaries; 9/11; New Orleans; and U.S. detention centers such as Guantanamo Bay. In 'regarding the pain of others' we will deal with questions of power, privilege, position, and spectatorship. Students will respond to material regularly through written papers and visual projects. There will be one collaborative project and one final research project. This course will include a weekly screening/lab time. Prerequisites: Intro to media production or equivalent, intro to media/cultural studies and coursework in the humanities. Instructor permission required.

UMass Film Studies Certificate category: none

5College Film Studies Major requirement:  6  (component)

 

HACU-0299-1 (135555)  DIVISION II INDEPENDENT PROJECTS SEMINAR IN FILM, VIDEO, PHOTOGRAPHY, AND INSTALLATION

PFB CLASS CRS T 12:30PM 03:20PM

W. Brand                      Capacity    16

Note(s)    Instructor Permission Required

This course will provide an opportunity for Division II students in film/video, photography and related media that wish to pursue their own work, creating at least one completed new project for inclusion in the Division II portfolio. Each student will be required to present his/her work to the group several times during the semester. The members of the workshop will provide critical, technical and crew support for one another. Team projects are supported as long as each participant has a distinct and responsible role in the making of that work. Technical workshops will be offered where necessary. However, prior to joining the workshop, students must have some level of mastery over his/her medium as well as course evaluations in prerequisite areas. 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 contribute to the overall experience of the workshop. All of these activities including active verbal contributions to all sessions are required of each student under the guiding principle that tracking each other's intellectual and creative process will help each person develop their respective project. A lab fee of $50 covers the use of Hampshire’s equipment plus film/video rentals. This course provides a structured context in which to do independent work at the Division II-level. Prerequisites: evaluations from at least two courses in a related discipline. NOTE: Enrolled or top 5 waitlist students who DO NOT attend the first class session risk losing their place on the class roster. Instructor Permission Required.

UMass Film Studies Certificate category: none

5College Film Studies Major requirement:  8  (core)

 

HACU-0399-1 (135562)   FILM/PHOTOGRAPHY/VIDEO STUDIES SEMINAR

PFB CLASS CRS W 01:00PM 05:00PM

A. Ravett; R. Seydel                 Capacity    30

Note(s)    Instructor Permission Required

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. NOTE: Enrolled or top 5 waitlist students who DO NOT attend the first class session risk losing their place on the class roster.

UMass Film Studies Certificate category: none

5College Film Studies Major requirement: 8 (core)