We will start the semester emphasizing with hands-on work. The readings will escalate as we get into more theory and reflection later in the semester.
Aug 29 – Intro to the Course
1. Sept. 3 & 5 Introduction to visual media
Tu & Th: We will look at some examples of the sorts of projects we are concerned with — and of the kinds of projects you might do. If you know of examples of the sorts of work that you are interested in, that are done in your field, and so on, please be prepared to show one in class. This will be useful for all of us.
- Intro to students
- Read carefully, to discuss in class: Rose, Gillian. 2001. Visual methodologies: an introduction to the interpretation of visual materials. London: Sage. Chapter 1: Researching visual materials: towards a critical visual methodology. pp. 1-27 Rose Ch
- Continue discussion of Rose
- Added 9/3: the link to the video
- Before class, spend some time familiarizing yourself with you camera and its manual, even if it’s just your phone. (If you don’t have a manual, it’s almost certainly available online.)
- Bring your camera to class (and your manual)
- Assignment: Photograph your morning See general information about assignments.
2. Sept. 10 & 12 Getting starting making and interpreting images
Reading(s) will be added. 9/5
Getting started with multimedia narrative: an overview of the kinds of skills needed and why.
- Phil Borges – read what he says he teaches, what people need to learn.
- MediaStorm workshops — the skills needed to do this kind of work.
- Audio skills – a list from Poytner — it takes more than turning on a recorder!
- Gathering audio from MediaStorm (look at all 3 parts)
- Multimedia Storytelling for journalists – related to what we are doing, but not identical. But advice for journalists is useful.
Added 9/10 — look at Composition
- Basics of making, assessing, understanding images. This applies to still images but also video.
- Technical: Basics of exposure.
- For people with minimal photography skills: review these links FIXED before class, especially Learning about Exposure – The Exposure Triangle
- For students who are familiar with the basics: look at histograms
- Bring your camera to class.
- Assignment: Photograph something ordinary in an un-ordinary way
3. Sept. 17 & 19 Narrative
- Intro to Narrative
- Technical: workflow
Visual narrative: deannefitzmaurice.com viewed in class Sept. 19
4. Sept. 24 & 26 Photographing People; Mobile
This week: meetings with Nancy
- Photographing people – how to
- Mobile photography updated 9/19
- Technical: mobile devices
- Thurs: Tell a story in five images
- technical: Lighting (maybe — if there’s time)
5. Oct 1 & 3 Video
- Thurs: Photograph one another Added 9/19 – due date changed 9/23
- Film and Video
- Technical: video
- Technical: Adobe Lightroom We’ll schedule an extra session about Lightroom for those who are interested.
Tu: Tell a Story in One Image
6. Oct. 8 Video, cont.
Oct: 10 Audio
Tu Th: Make a Short Video Due date changed 9/23 Link fixed 10/3
Oct 10: short description and progress report for your final project due. Most of you have a pretty good idea of what you are doing, but I want to know how it is progressing and how your ideas about the topic may be changing.
7. Oct. 15 & 17
Audio, concluding; Updated 10/12
Tues: finish reviewing everyone’s videos
8. Oct. 22 & 24
Tues: conclude Audio
Discuss Murch — updated 10/17
Make a short audio piece Will will listen to and comment on everyone’s audio pieces today. Link fixed 10/17
Thurs: Working with People: ethics; relationships
Tues : Thurs: Photograph some people
22 & 24 29 & 31 – Editing; Lighting updated 10/24
Tues: technical: Lighting updated 10/15
Thurs: Editing The heart of putting together a story added 10/24 updated 11/4
Now we can start choosing among and/or putting together still images, video, and audio
Oct 31: do Halloween assignment today!
10. Nov 5
Review people’s Halloween assignment
Nov 7: NO CLASS. Nancy out of town.
11. Nov. 12 & 14
Editing examples added 11/13
12. Nov. 19 & 21
Priority will be given to reviewing and commenting on students’ work in progress.
Editing examples moved 11/14
13. Nov. 26 – Nov. 28th is Thanksgiving
Rough Cuts: I highly recommend that you share at least part of a rough cut with the class for critique this week or the next. We’ll use as much time in class as we can for critique. It will help us give you better feedback if you put something online for people to see before class.
If everyone waits till next week, we won’t have much time to spend on each project, so I highly recommend that at least some people have something to show us Nov 26. What other content we cover will depend on how much time we need for rough cuts.
14. Dec. 3 & 5
Rough cuts, cont.
RRR Week – Dec 10 & 12 added 11/22
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