Experiments in Digital Video

STA 384
TTH 11:30-2:20
Kresge Art Center, Form From Thought Laboratory (Room 5)
Fall 2015
Course Credits: 3

Instructor: Associate Professor Adam W. Brown
Office: 314 Kresge Art Center
Office Hours: Wednesday 1 pm – 2 pm (room 5) or by appointment
Email: brown293@msu.edu
URL: http://adamwbrown.net
Cell: 405-605-9079
Office: 517-432-2465

Course Description:
Experiments in Digital Video will offer an introduction to core skills and concepts used in digital video production, with an emphasis on art-making, conceptual thinking, and experimentation. This course will provide an introduction to the skills and concepts used in digital video production. It will include exposure to industry standard equipment, terminology, and digital video production skills in an experimental arts context. Basic research areas will include field production and electronic image gathering, documentary, lighting, basic non-linear editing, installation and alternative video content delivery. Emphasis will be placed on art-making, conceptual thinking and experimentation and focus on core generative processes of digital film, including preproduction, production, and presentation.

Students will work individually and in small teams to explore a broad range of issues involved in creation of their projects. Towards the end of the semester we will have a public screening of student work.

The course will consist of two large projects and two smaller projects:
1.    Video Loop – Redo
2.    Happening – Meeting
3.    Video as Object – Working With the Materiality of Video
4.    Social Practice  – Reveal the workings of a cultural system

Technical Resources:
A subscription to Lynda.com

Book: The Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide: a Down & Dirty DV production / Anthony Q. Artis (Available on Amazon)

What to Buy and Fees:
SD Card: Recommended SD Cards
Portable external Firewire/USB hard drive formatted for the Macintosh (I recommend the LaCie rugged series or the G-Tech available on the Apple Store Website. They give student discounts.)

Evaluation and Grades:
In order to receive a grade, students must turn work in by the due date outlined in the syllabus. Work that is not turned in on time will result in a reduced grade.

Projects will be evaluated on the basis of:
• Technical and conceptual quality
• Background research
• Development throughout the course (Strive for excellence)
• Quality of documentation
• A willingness to act on criticism

Grades will be computed according to the following breakdown:
In-class participation: 5%
Reading and visiting lectures: 5%
Social Practice: 25%
Video Object, Furniture or Architecture: 25%
Video Loop: 15%
Happening: 15%
Final Portfolio and Public Screening: 10%

Incompletes “I” are intended for the rare circumstance when a student who has been successful in a class has an unexpected event occur shortly before the end of the class. I will not consider giving a student a grade of “I” unless the following three conditions have been met.

1) It is within two weeks of the end of the semester.
2) The student has a grade of C or better in the class.
3) The reason that the student cannot complete the class is properly documented and compelling.

Attendance is mandatory. Interaction and collaboration are an important aspect of the learning process and are critical for establishing trust among your peers.
Being late to class is very disruptive. Please make sure that you arrive to class on time.

Have your university supplied email account properly forwarded to the location where you read email.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy:
Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities, with documentation from the MSU Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (http://www.rcpd.msu.edu), may be requested by contacting me at the start of the term. Contact me as soon as possible so we can discuss accommodations necessary to ensure full participation and facilitate your involvement in this class.

Access to the computer labs in the Kresge Art Center is available to students enrolled in Department of Art and Art History courses. To get access, fill out the Computer Lab Access Form and return it to your instructor or to the Visual Resources Library. To reserve and check out equipment such as video cameras, data projectors or for information about the printing lab go to the VRL Info for Faculty and Students page and/or contact Alex Nichols

Academic Integrity:
In accordance with MSU’s policies on “Protection of Scholarship and Grades” and “Integrity of Scholarship and Grades,” students in STA 491 are expected to honor principles of truth and honesty in their academic work. Academic honesty entails, among other things, that students will not plagiarize. This means (1) students will not submit someone else’s work as their own (e.g., they will not submit another student’s paper or project, etc., nor will they hand in a paper copied from the web or another published source). Academic honesty also means students (2) will not knowingly permit another student to copy and submit their work as that student’s own and (3) will not use unacknowledged quotations or paraphrases as part of their work. As provided by university policy, such academic dishonesty or plagiarism may be penalized by a failing grade on the assignment or for the course. Failure in a course as a result of academic dishonesty will also result in written notification to the student’s academic dean of the circumstances. Additional discussion of cheating or academic dishonesty is available on the Ombudsman’s web page.

Copyright notice: Many of the materials created for this course are the intellectual property of Adam Brown. This includes, but is not limited to, the syllabus, lectures and course notes. Except to the extent not protected by copyright law, any use, distribution or sale of such materials requires the permission of the instructor.