INTERMEDIATE DIGITAL FILMMAKING
THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA, TWIN
Professor: Hisham Bizri
Course hours: T 2:30-5:15
Voice: (612) 625-8460
Course location: Nicholson Hall 315
Office hours: T&TH 1-2 (146A Nicholson Hall);
an appointment is required
CSCL office: 235 Nicholson Hall
This course is an intermediate-level approach to the practice of digital filmmaking. The main focus of the course will be practical, affording students ample time to write, direct, shoot, and edit (including post-production) one original film using digital and optical means. In doing so, students will expore the complexity of digital and optical tools such as the camera, optics, light, color, and the computer to tell stories. We will inform this practical focus by attending to how films are made is terms of space, light, action, dramatic structure, montage, and the overall visual vision of master filmmakers. Our productions will also be shaped by our own life experiences as well as other art forms such as music, painting, theater, photography, sculpture, and poetry.
To write, edit, shoot, and direct one digital film. Our goals would here be to:
1. Study the technical
aspects of digital and optical filmmaking.
2. Analyze filmmaking techniques.
3. Learn narrative and non-narrative strategies.
4. Deepen our uderstanding of formal aspects of filmmaking.
5. Study the relationship between filmmaking and other forms of art making: painting, music, architecture, and literature.
6. Expand and sharpen our viewing and interpretive skills.
· Mandatory class attendance and participation. Students are not allowed to arrive late or leave early.
· Technical workshops: various workshops dealing with technical and aesthetic aspects of film. There will be in-class demonstrations, viewings, and discussions.
· Readings (handouts on the creative method of master filmmakers).
· Filmmaker's journal: this includes your notes on the technical and aesthetic aspects of the course, your stories, treatments, scripts, shooting scripts, production notes, sketches, and daily dreams and reveries. You are required to review it with me at the end of each month.
· Filmmaker's creative reference book: you are to collect in this book a vast data of your favorite poems, photos, paintings, music, newspaper stories, etc. You are required to review this with me as well at the end of each month.
· One fim, twenty minutes minimum.
You will have access to equipment at: http://studiob.cla.umn.edu. However, you need to buy your own external hard drive. I recommend that you buy a 1TB of Western Digital MyBook Essential or My Book Studio Edition. You also need to buy your own DV tapes; please buy three Sony PR (DVM-60). They are all available at the U bookstore.
There will be several handouts throughout the semester on the craft and method conceived by master filmmakers, cinematographers, editors, set designers, and music composers.We will also read essays on aesthetics from Plato to Cézanne.
Time permitting, we will look at short films at the begininng of each class.
ASSIGNMENTS & GRADING
(Assignments must be completed on time; late work will not be permitted)
1. Filmmaker's journal and
reference book (30%; 15% each); collected during mid-terms and on the last day
2. Assignments (30%); each week you should submit a two-page summary of the readings and what is required for your film.
3. Final film (40%)
A+ = 97-100%; A = 93%; A- = 90%
B+ = 87%; B = 83% ; B- = 80%
C+ = 77%; C = 73% ; C- = 70%
D+ = 67% ; D = 63%; D- = 60%
F = 59%
Please attend regularly and for the entire duration of each class. This is a production course and missing any class will prevent you from completing your films properly.
COURSE SCHEDULE AND OUTLINE
WEEK 1, January 18
Introduction to the course; Screening: Twentieth Century, Howard Hawks (1934, 91 minutes)
WEEK 2, January 25
WEEK 3, February 1
WEEK 4, February 8
WEEK 5, February 15
Audio Workshop in RARIG STUDIOS
WEEK 6, February 22
WEEK 7, March 1
WEEK 8, March 8
Screening: Rio Bravo, Howard Hawks (1959, 141 minutes)
WEEK 9, March 14-18
WEEK 10, March 22
WEEK 11, March 29
WEEK 12, April 5
WEEK 13, April 12
WEEK 14, April 19
WEEK 15, April 26
WEEK 16, May 3
WEEK 17, May 10
Films are due on mediamill (http://mediamill.cla.umn.edu/mediamill/)