DMS 217 Creative Video Workshop: Observation and Place

McCormick, Matt :: T 5:00 – 8:50 PM :: CFA235
REG# 24249

This class combines study of travelogue, landscape film, Neorealism, and Direct Cinema with creative exercises and projects to foster deeper perceptive-experiences. We will explore filmmaking as a disciplined way of seeing, of investigating environments, and expressing ideas. Through screenings, discussion, and filmmaking assignments, we will explore ideas of “thinking cinematically” and consider the differences between being a spectator and an observer. We will shed our preconceived notions of beauty and importance, focusing on opening our minds to our immediate environments and becoming more astute observers and creative documentarians.

In this class we will study the work of artists such as Deborah Stratman, Edward Burtynsky, Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Ilisa Barbash, Jem Cohen, The Center of Land Use Interpretation, Naomi Uman, Bill Brown, the Maysles Brothers and more while also engaging in artistic exercises and projects. Students should have a handle on basic camera, sound, and editing operation, as this is a production course and students will be required to spend significant time outside of class producing short film/video assignments. Students should be prepared to work individually to create video and audio projects. $100 lab fee.

Prerequisites: DMS 103 or DMS 105.

. This course can count towards the “non- *” Intermediate Production course or as an elective.