The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Filmmaking in the 21st Century


Visiting Professors Series

Funded by the College of the Humanities and Fine Arts, the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies is happy to sponsor the Visiting Professors Series «Filmmaking in the 21st Century». The program regularly hosts visiting filmmakers (screenwriters, film directors, film producers, etc) who will offer semester long courses. Students have the unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience with the guidance of award winning filmmakers.

SPRING 2021: Patricia Montoya 
Course Title: Production Sketchbook
Course Number: Film-St 397PS
Cap. 15 . Credits: 3
Day/Time: Thursday 4:00- 6:30

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Video, still images and sound are used in this course to explore the fundamental character of storytelling, filmmaking and time-based art practices. Students perform all aspects of production with particular attention to developing ideas and building analytical, critical and production skills. We will read seminal written work and interviews with practicing artists in order to expand our knowledge, understanding and love for the medium. Through exercises that include weekly projects students will produce sketches aimed at exploring video as an experimentation tool. There will be special emphasis paid to sound design that includes original music, and ambient sound gathered with separate sound recorder. The class will review students the basic theoretical tools to critique their own productions and develop an understanding of the possibilities that medium offers. Final project presentations due in class during Finals Week