|SES #||TOPICs||ASSIGNMENTS AND READINGS|
Lecture: Introduction to Seeing and Expression
|Posted: Visual Self Portrait or Portrait|
Guest Lecture: Prof. Richard Kearney, "The Embodied Imagination & Story."
Lab: Approaches to Portrait Assignment
|Kearney, Richard. On Stories: Thinking in Action. New York, NY: Routledge, 2001. ISBN: 9780415247979.|
|4||Lecture: Visualizing the Other and the Self||Posted: Personal Experience and the Visual Imagination|
Museum Visit: Boston Museum of Fine Arts or Isabella Stuart Gardiner Museum
|Due: Report on museum visit|
Lab: Present Portrait Assignment
Due: Visual Self Portrait or Portrait
Guest Lecture: Dr. Barbara Barry, "Story Generation: Exercises and Systems."
|Bruner, Jerome. Acts of Meaning. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1992, Chapters 1 and 2. ISBN: 9780674003613.|
Guest Lecture: Brian Bradley, introduction to Richard Leacock's memoir, A Sense of Being There.
|9||Video Editing Lab I, MIT New Media Center|
Guest Lecture: Prof. William Uricchio, "The Evolution of German Expressionism."
|Due: Personal Experience and the Visual Imagination|
Lab: Life As It Happens
|Posted: A Sense of Being There/Making a Sequence|
Video Editing Lab II, MIT New Media Center
Sharing a Sense of Being There: First Films
Guest Artist: Zanele Muholi
Guest Artist: Bill Viola, "Video and One Artist's Expression."
|Please review the artist's web site in detail, including his writings.|
The Art and The Technology: Story, Miniaturization, and Culture
Leacock, Richard. A Sense of Being There.
Richard Leacock's unpublished memoir detailing seventy years of shaping the documentary form contains many movie sequences which take time to watch and understand in the context of the art and the changing technologies. See Leacock's web site for other material.
Posted: Cinematic Narrative Written Treatment & Story Board
Due: Rewrite of Personal Experience and the Visual Imagination
|17||Lab: Edit and polish your video sequence.|
|18||Class critique: show video event sequence.||Due: A Sense of Being There/Making a Sequence|
Guest Artist: Ryan Evans, "Pacing and Closure in Comics, Graphic Novels and Storyboards."
Ware, Chris. "Building Stories." New York Times Sunday Magazine, Parts 5, 6, 9, 12, 15, 20, and 25, September 2005-April 2006.
Building Stories was a 30 installment comics series that appeared in the New York Times Sunday Magazine from September of 2005 through April of 2006. One page appeared each week. It follows the lives of four residents of a brownstone apartment building in Chicago over the course of 24 hours. This assignment includes 7 of the original 30 strips, following two of the four primary characters.
You can view and download the original 30 installments of Building Stories here. Chris Ware has subsequently reformatted portions of these stories and reworked them into his ACME Novelty Library series of graphic novels.
Cinematic Aesthetics: Imagination and Reflection
|21||Cinematic Aesthetics: Visual Storytelling|
|22||Guest Artist: Dorothy Cross||Images of some of Dorothy's work can be found here. Articles that introduce some ideas in her work can be found on the following web sites: McMullen Museum of Art, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Circa Art Magazine, and Wikipedia.|
|23||Lab: Students pitch cinematic narrative treatment with storyboards.||Due: Cinematic Narrative Written Treatment & Story Board|
Introduction to Surrealism
Guest Lecture: Gabriel Montua, "Salvador Dali: Strategies for Self-Enactment."
|Friedberg, Anne. Introduction and Chapter 1 in The Virtual Window: From Alberti to Microsoft. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2009, pp. 1-48. ISBN: 9780262512503.|
Guest Lecture: Jan Egleson, "The Role of the Director."
|Please make sure you watch Kazan's "On the Waterfront" before class.|
|26||Lab: Work on final project proposals.|
Lecture: The Changing Role of Visual Representation in Society
|28||Lecture: View and critique the opening of Antonioni's "Blow Up"; discuss Antonioni's sketches from That Bowling Alley on the Tiber.|| |
Davenport, G., et al. "Media Fabric: a process-oriented approach to media creation and exchange." BT Technology Journal 22 (October 2004): 160-170
Davenport, Glorianna. "Cinema in Transition: From Media Artifact to Media Fabric." (PDF)
|29||Students pitch final project proposals in class.|| |
Phillips, Melanie Anne, and Chris Huntley. Dramatica: A New Theory of Story. Screenplay Systems, 2001.
Due: Final Project Proposal
During this portion of the class, we work together on refining the student projects. In each class, one or two students present their projects. The projects are refined through active critique. As part of this process, we may work with the student building the world they are trying to present, or exploring how they can better direct a scene.
|33||Due: Final Project Related Image|
|37||Due: Final Project|
|38||Final projects are screened. The screening is open to the community.|