Film/Animation/Video

Courses

  • Fall 2014

    COMMUNICATING SCIENCE: THROUGH ANIMATION

    This class, offered jointly by professors at RISD and Brown and in partnership with the Science Center and the Creative Mind Initiative, will explore and develop the pedagogy of using visual media to convey scientific concepts. There is a growing library of online content but often times it is not well suited for seamless adoption into educational use. The goal of this course will be to assess the quality of existing material and design new material that not only fills an educational need but makes science engaging and accessible. Class will be comprised of lectures, labs, screenings, discussions, critiques and guest speakers. After an introduction to science teaching pedagogy and the basics of animation and visual design, small student teams with a balance of science and art backgrounds will collaborate on a series of short exercises leading to the creation of final videos or animations that explain scientific concepts. Topic selection will be based on filling an educational need, where a satisfactory example does not yet exist and where the topic benefits from a visual presentation. Student groups will be paired with faculty mentors from the life or physical sciences to design an educational tool that is appropriate for a particular audience. Projects will be evaluated on accuracy, clarity of explanation, educational value, engagement with the viewer, and creativity. The skills of lesson plan design along with writing, recording, animating and editing short educational videos will give students experience within the growing field of supplements to traditional learning and online learning.
    Estimated Material Cost: $25.00
    Also offered as LAEL-4599
    Class meets at Brown Campus, Granoff Rm. MML

    COMPUTER GENERATED IMAGERY 3D

    This course uses Maya as the main tool to explore 3D digital animation, emphasizing modeling techniques. The overall goal of this course is to generalize the study of the 3D world and to give students basic problem solving skills needed for continued use of this tool. After a series of lectures covering the basics of navigating the interface, each student produces a short animation. Each student has focused, individual time with the instructor.
    Major elective
    Course may be repeated once for credit

    CRITICAL DISCOURSE:OPEN MEDIA (fall)

    Seniors undertake a rigorous look at cross-disciplinary media art through a close examination of important related critical theory and art, artist distribution methods and contemporary exhibition strategies. The student's own senior work practice is examined in depth through personal and group efforts. Course work occurs through research, readings, writing, presentations, interdisciplinary critique sessions, group discussion and creative 'making' responses. This course is well-positioned to be a critical support for any student looking for additional insight into the development and refinement of their own current or future works in this area of cross-disciplinary media art practice. Fall semester features a field trip to a relevant exhibition or performance, and visits by related working artists and curators.
    Open to nonmajors on space available basis FAV Seniors registered for Senior Studio: Open Media (FAV-5193) must take this partnered three-credit course towards creating their degree project.
    Registration by FAV department.
    Course not available via webregistration.

    DIGITAL EFFECTS AND COMPOSITING FOR THE SCREEN

    This class uses Adobe After Effects as a tool to achieve the students' individual goals as artists. Starting with the basics of creating imagery in After Effects, the course moves through compositing, special effects, puppet animation and time manipulation. There is an overarching focus on core concepts such as quality of motion, layout and composition, color and form that surpass this single class. The first 6 weeks contain homework assignments that allow the students to grasp individual components of this highly technical toolset, while during the second 6 weeks the students concentrate on a final project. This project stresses the students' knowledge and forces them to grow as a digital animator as they find unique problems and solve them with instructor supervision.
    Major elective

    DIGITAL FOUNDATION

    This course identifies core principles of digital production, to enable students to continually adapt to the ever-changing world of software. Students research and produce artworks that demonstrate their understanding of these principles. This primary knowledge includes digital film and video formats, project asset management, compression techniques, understanding program interface design, color spaces, channel mixing and filters, and the creation and use of extra channels (such as alpha and depth).
    Estimated Material Cost: $30.00
    Major requirement; FAV majors
    Registration by FAV department, course not available via web registration

    DIRECTING

    In the Directing class, students are encouraged to go beyond the first instinct or idea, and to develop a project to its fullest potential, particularly with respect to meaning and to potential modes of execution. Students work on a variety of scenes throughout the semester, complete several short assignments during and outside of class, and read handouts and excerpts from texts. An ongoing focus throughout the semester is an exploration of the methods of communication between directors and actors. Students direct each other, young actors from the Carriage House School, professional actors from the community (brought in for two classes), and actors of their choosing for final projects. As they direct rehearsals, students utilize a variety of specific tools that enable them to maximize the creativity and fertility of their relationships with actors, and to make adjustments in performances quickly and effectively. The latter third of the semester also focuses on techniques for script analysis. These are used to discover the range of creative possibilities in a given text, and to thoroughly prepare and organize directors for rehearsals and shoots. An ongoing, general goal of the course is also for each student to reflect upon and identify their personal themes as a director.
    Major elective

    INTERMEDIATE STOP-MOTION ANIMATION

    Building on skills learned in the Intro Stop-motion Animation class, students will develop and produce one short stop-motion animation for professional portfolio and public screening. This course will provide students the opportunity to focus on particular issues of stop-motion animation and explore more advanced production techniques and processes. The course emphasizes art direction and project development. Students are encouraged to experiment with individual style and techniques of armature and set building, lighting, special effects and camera techniques. Weekly exercises are designed to strengthen students' conceptual and animation skills. In addition, a wide range of short films are screened to provide creative stimulus and demonstrate a variety of aesthetic and technical approaches.
    Estimated Material Cost: $300.00
    Major elective

    INTERMEDIATE STUDIO: ANIMATION

    The intermediate year of animation study witnesses a significant transformation, in which the student grows from novice to independent director. This year-long studio develops an integrated understanding of the diverse aesthetic tools of animation, and teaches students directing for the animation medium. The course is comprised of four elements. First, weekly in-class structured experiments and homework awaken and refine the student's understanding of movement, timing, writing, editing, sound design, art directing, and use of materials. Second, students receive technical training in 2D animation production. Third, students screen and discuss animated works spanning history, culture, and design approach. Fourth, each student designs, animates, directs, and produces two independent projects, one in the fall and one in the spring.
    Estimated Material Cost: $300.00 Deposit: $150.00
    Major requirement; FAV majors
    Registration by FAV department, course not available via web registration

    INTERMEDIATE STUDIO: FILM

    Intermediate Film is a year-long course emphasizing technical production in sync sound film making. Theoretical concerns and cinematic techniques are stressed. We explore concepts of (and the relationships between) narrative, documentary and experimental filmmaking. The first half of the Fall term, students work in assigned teams, completing a series of short exercises. In the second half of the term, class members individually create their own longer films for final projects. Students screen their work in class at various stages of completion: rushes, rough cuts, and fine cuts. In addition, there are weekly screenings of works by relevant filmmakers. Participation in class discussions is required.
    Estimated Material Cost: $500.00 Deposit $150.00
    Major requirement
    Registration by FAV department, course not available via web registration

    INTERMEDIATE STUDIO: VIDEO

    This year-long video production studio focuses on a search for the specificity of the video medium through a series of structured experiments. Emphasis is placed on video production for alternate exhibition environments: installation, performance, web and multimedia. A web-based video dialogue project is conducted, bringing students into contact with their international peers in various countries, in order to explore the potential of networked production environments.
    Estimated Material Cost: $125.00 Deposit: $150.00
    Major requirement; FAV majors
    Registration by FAV department, course not available via web registration

    INTRODUCTION TO ANIMATION TECHNIQUES

    This course is designed to explore different animation techniques and materials, including working directly on film, drawing on paper, painting under the camera, object animation, cut-outs, and pixilation. It also teaches the fundamentals of animated movement and timing. Students in this course each make six short animations with separate, synchronized sound tracks. At the end of the course, students create a DVD compilation of all their projects. A wide range of independent animated films are screened to demonstrate different techniques and approaches to animation.
    Estimated Material Cost: $40.00
    Elective

    INTRODUCTION VIDEO

    This course introduces students to the production of electronic moving images: video camera work and digital non-linear editing. By creating short projects, students are engaged in an exploration of individual workflow. Students participate in class by inviting and offering constructive criticism within the group. Writing, presentations and individual meetings are stressed as important elements of the production process. Grades are influenced by attendance, quality of work, and meeting all project deadlines.
    Estimated Material Cost: $60.00 Deposit: $150.00
    Major requirement
    Registration by FAV department, course not available via web registration

    INTRODUCTORY FILM

    Intro Film explores techniques of live action 16MM film production using Bolex cameras and flatbed editing tables. Technical concerns such as exposure, focus, depth of field, and basic editing conventions are covered. Aesthetic concerns such as composition, movement, editing rhythms, and the filmmaker's intention are discussed and critiqued. Students complete three individual assignments outside of class, and four in-class exercises in pairs or groups. The individual assignments encourage creative use of editing techniques such as traditional match-cutting, graphic match-cutting, and cross-cutting or parallel editing. The first individual project is silent, but for those that follow, students create soundtracks using elements such as effects, music, ambient sound, and voiceover. Screenings in class include student rushes, works in progress, and finished films. In addition, a variety of short films are screened and discussed that relate to many of the techniques and aesthetic considerations explored throughout the semester.
    Estimated Material Cost: $220.00 Deposit: $150.00
    Major requirement
    Registration by FAV department, course not available via web registration
    Permission of instructor required for nonmajors

    LIGHTING FOR THE MOVING IMAGE

    Lighting for the Moving Image is a hands-on workshop in lighting for film and video. Students are exposed to a broad range of equipment and techniques while they explore the overriding concept of light as an essential narrative element in motion picture. Workshops and discussions focus on the emotional impact of lighting as it pertains to a given story. Class time is divided between film screenings, one-day workshops on specific techniques, and an extended in-class group project in which students present light as the key narrative element.
    Estimated Material Cost: $100.00 Deposit: $150.00
    Major elective

    SENIOR STUDIO: ANIMATION

    During the senior year, students synthesize and apply what they have learned in their previous studies to the creation of a year-long project. Students develop, design, animate, direct, and produce these projects independently. Students receive weekly individual guidance from instructors and two critiques by established professionals from the world animation community. Class meetings are devoted to film screenings, group critique, and specialized technical workshops. Fall semester includes a one-week field trip to the Ottawa International Animation Festival in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
    Estimated Material Cost: Varies considerably with production design, average $1000.00 to $3000.00 Deposit: $150.00 Average Field Trip Cost: $300.00
    Major requirement; FAV majors only
    Registration by FAV department, course not available via web registration

    SENIOR STUDIO: LIVE ACTION

    This is a year-long course of study, for which the student will complete a 10-20 minute live action work to final professional screening format. Students are free to choose genres and formats in which they want to work. Students have weekly meetings for screenings, guests, and technical workshops, and weekly small-group meetings to discuss their works-in-progress. Fall semester covers pre-production work on narrative projects: developing of scenarios, location scouting, budgets, initial camera tests or initial shooting of non-fiction projects. Visiting consultants come in to instruct in sound recording and cinematography, and guest critics come in November to review project proposals and/or footage.
    Estimated Material Cost: $2,000 Deposit: $150.00
    Major requirement; FAV majors only
    Registration by FAV department, course not available via web registration

    SENIOR STUDIO:OPEN MEDIA

    This path, within the senior studio options, allows for the exploration of a broad range of hybrid practices. Through the structural support of this year-long studio, students will produce a project that synthesizes their understanding of and aspirations for media art practice. Works produced use media as their point of departure, but may take a variety of forms including performance, installation, public art, intervention, networked/collaborative production, print publication, activism, etc. The course prepares students to work with depth in their use of media and as contemporary artists in a complex art world, in which media is often only one component in a larger project.
    Students receive weekly individual guidance from the instructor and peers, as well as two critiques by prominent working artists or related practitioners. During the spring semester, each student explores the notion of distribution intensively, resulting in the crafting of individualized forms of presentation. Each student also develops a portfolio of their work, focused on communicating their core interests to a defined group. Class meetings are devoted to presentations of related artists works, individual meetings and group critique. Fall semester includes field trips to events in the NY/New England area.
    Estimated Material Cost: Varies considerably with production design. Deposit: $150.00
    Major requirement
    Must also take FAV 5191
    Registration by FAV Department, course not available via web registration
    Permission of instructor required

    SOUND FOR THE SCREEN

    Students in this course become engaged with sound as a partner in the language of time-based media. Through selected screenings, readings, and concept-driven design projects, the students develop ideas they can use as design principles in planning and working with sound. In addition, students get a hands-on overview of working with sound in a contemporary production environment, focusing on microphones, field recorders, and Pro Tools DAW software. Students learn to be better listeners and to be aware of how sound affects their perception of the world around them, as well as becoming technically competent to execute their creative ideas.
    Estimated Material Cost: $50.00 Deposit: $150.00
    Major elective

    STOP-MOTION ANIMATION

    This is a course demonstrating and exploring the basic techniques of Stop-Motion Puppet Animation, with the intent to provide students with hands-on creative experience in learning the potentials of the medium, and an introduction to filmic language. Studio exercises strengthen individual technical skills in basic armature construction and model making, animating pose-to-pose movement, the basic walk, expressions and gestures, clay animation with lip-sync, set construction and lighting for three-dimensional animation. Basic sound recording, mixing and editing are also covered. Conceptual skills are exercised through exploring intent, storytelling, storyboarding, editorial concepts, character performance, art direction, and basic sound design. This class is based on process and experimentation. It is meant to provide a strong foundation in the basics of stop-motion animation filmmaking, as well as the confidence to experiment further in one's future work. The idea is to enjoy the process by understanding it; control is born of experimentation and experience.
    This is a one semester class repeated in the spring. First preference given to FAV majors. Second preference given to Illustration majors.
    Estimated Material Cost: $40.00
    Major elective

    TIME, LIGHT AND SOUND

    This course is designed as an introduction to the 113-year history of the projected moving image (film, animation, and video). Artistic expression in these forms will be emphasized. Students discover new areas of interest while watching carefully selected examples of films and videos. During all classes, students will view films representing different styles and periods of filmmaking. About half of the classes are devoted to contemporary films. Critical thinking will be encouraged and fostered during classroom discussions. Clear expression of these thoughts will be developed through assigned readings and weekly writing assignments. During the semester, students learn about specific artists, schools of filmmaking, genres, and fields within the history of the film, animation, and video. Students also develop a common language by learning the meaning and proper usage of a glossary of common film terms. At select classes, film artists are present to introduce and discuss their work. Other guests include improvisational musicians who accompany silent films.
    Major requirement; Registration priority to FAV majors
    Liberal Arts elective credit for nonmajors on a space available basis.

    Wintersession 2015

    ANIMATION I-A

    This course is designed to explore different animation techniques and materials, including working directly on film, drawing on paper, painting under the camera, object animation, cut-outs, and pixilation. It also teaches the fundamentals of animated movement and timing. Students in this course each make six short animations, with separate, synchronized sound tracks. At the end of the course, students create a DVD compilation of all their projects. A wide range of independent animated films are screened to demonstrate different techniques and approaches to animation.
    Estimated Material Cost: $65.00

    CREATURE-CREATION

    Creature Creation is a work intensive, multi-disciplinary performance art class in which participants will be required to research, design, build and theatrically animate their own puppet-sculpture-costumes. Original and extraordinary "creatures" are developed by investigating 3-D foam rubber building techniques in combination with experimental theater games designed to improve movement, improvisational and storytelling skills. The final project is a high-profile public event in collaboration with the Big Nazo Puppet Studio and members of Providence's performing & visual arts community.
    Warning: Due to the considerable out-of-class-time work load, this class is not recommended for students working on degree projects, taking other classes, or seeking a low-key wintersession experience.
    Estimated Material Cost: $50.00

    FILM EXPLORATIONS

    This course is an introduction to the visual aspects of film making. All projects are done in 16mm film. Camera skills and editing techniques are explored in several short individual projects. There are studio demonstrations of basic camera and editing concerns. Final projects are made with soundtracks.

    INTRO TO COMPUTER ANIMATION

    This course is designed to teach students how to utilize the computer to create animation. Special emphasis is placed on exploration and experimentation as it applies to computer-generated or computer-assisted animation. The class covers hand drawn non-computer originated animation, cut out animation, computer generated drawn animation, painting under the camera, rotoscoping, and an introduction to the concepts used in 3D animation. Additionally, an introduction to sound design and editing will be explored in the final animation project.

    Estimated Material Cost: $40.00

    SENIOR STUDIO ANIMATION

    During the senior year, students synthesize and apply what they have learned in their previous studies to the creation of a year-long project. Students develop, design, animate, direct, and produce these projects independently. Students receive weekly individual guidance from instructors and two critiques by established professionals from the world animation community. Class meetings are devoted to film screenings, group critique, and specialized technical workshops.
    Deposit: $150.00
    Open to Senior Film Majors only.

    SENIOR STUDIO: LIVE ACTION

    This is a year-long course of study, for which the student will complete a 10-20 minute live action work to final professional screening format. Students are free to choose genres and formats in which they want to work. Students have weekly meetings for screenings, guests, and technical workshops, and weekly small-group meetings to discuss their works-in-progress. During Wintersession, the students perform production work in video and film, organize crews for filmmaking, review rushes and do initial editing and sound work on their degree projects.
    Deposit: $150.00 Open to Senior Film Major only.>

    SENIOR STUDIO: OPEN MEDIA

    Over the course of a year, senior students integrate their media skills through a cross-disciplinary approach with time-based media practice, resulting in a developed work or a series of smaller related works meant for exhibition or performance. This path is for students that wish to engage with time-based media in non-traditional ways, such as through installation, performance, public art, interactivity, intervention, networked/collaborative production, activism, etc.. Students research, develop, design, prototype, direct and produce these works independently. Students receive weekly individual guidance from the instructor and partnered peers. Class meetings are devoted to lectures, informational workshops, student presentations of related research, individual meetings and group critique. During Wintersession, students perform production work, test and analyze parameters and results. Students have weekly meetings for lectures, guests, technical workshops, and weekly small-group meetings to discuss their works-in-progress.
    Film Majors only.

    VIDEO EXPLORATIONS

    This is a basic introduction to making electronic moving images. The intent of the class is to use the short project format to guide the student through several basic elements found in the video medium. Students must participate by inviting constructive criticism from the class. Grades are influenced by participation during critiques and meeting project deadlines. Attendance is essential. Students are responsible for all missed work.
    Estimated Material Cost: $80.00 Deposit: $50.00
    Prerequisite: Macintosh experience

    Spring 2015

    CHARACTER ANIMATION WORKSHOP

    This course focuses primarily on hand-drawn character design, development, and movement. Beginning with simple model sheets drawn from different points of view, we explore how action and context can affect the design of characters. The same characters are then taken straight into animation. Students use the characters they created as actors who must perform in a variety of situations, and interact directly with the physical space around them. Exercises include walk cycles, lip-synching, anticipation and follow-through, weight and resistance, and lessons in narrative, storyboarding, and drawing skills. The class also takes a field trip to the Roger Williams Zoo to study animal motion directly from life. A longer, three-week final project provides an opportunity for students to show what they have learned, and to create a cohesive story from start to finish. The final project is usually critiqued by a guest industry professional. All supporting software is covered in a series of simple workshops. Class time involves critiques of homework assignments, demonstrations of techniques and screenings of a diverse range of films.
    Estimated Material Cost: $100.00
    Major elective

    CHARACTER DESIGN

    This course is a study of the theories and methods of character design as applied to narrative forms. This class asks students to push beyond stereotypical designs to develop two-dimensional characters that are both personally and culturally resonant and imaginative. Particular emphasis is placed on the expressive power of abstract forms and color. Through exploring individual perceptions of good and evil, success and failure, as well as beauty and ugliness, students create characters that are highly original. Research, thorough craftsmanship, and sophisticated design are stressed.
    Elective

    COMPUTER ANIMATION:INTEGRATED TECHNIQUES

    This course explores the use of the computer to create animation and motion graphics. Emphasis is placed on producing dynamic movement using keyframe interpolation and vector graphics. In addition, students will work with sound and motion data, coded expressions and effects generators to expand the range of animation possibilities. Through a series of individual and group projects, students will explore and experiment with computer animation techniques and gain experience with digital tools. A range of films will be screened complementing each week's focus.
    Knowledge of Adobe After Effects and Illustrator is helpful but not required. In addition to project work, students will reinforce software concepts by viewing weekly video tutorials outside class.
    Estimated Material Cost: $40.00
    Elective

    COMPUTER GENERATED IMAGERY 3D

    This course uses Maya as the main tool to explore 3D digital animation, emphasizing modeling techniques. The overall goal of this course is to generalize the study of the 3D world and to give students basic problem solving skills needed for continued use of this tool. After a series of lectures covering the basics of navigating the interface, each student produces a short animation. Each student has focused, individual time with the instructor.
    Major elective
    Course may be repeated once for credit

    CRITICAL DISCOURSE: OPEN MEDIA (spring)

    Seniors undertake a regorous look at cross-disciplinary media art through a close examination of important related critical theory and art, artist distribution methods and contemporary exhibition strategies. The student's own senior work practice is examined in depth through personal and group efforts.
    Course work occurs through research, readings, writing, presentations, interdisciplinary critique sessions, group discussion and creative making responses. This course is well-positioned to be a critical support for any student looking for additional insight into the development and refinement of their own current or future works in this area of cross-disciplinary media art practice. Spring semester features an emphasis on curatorial exhibition strategies, features a field trip to a relevant exhibition or performance, and visits by related working artists and curators.
    Open to nonmajors FAV Seniors registered for Senior Studio: Open Media must take this partnered three-credit course towards creating their degree project
    Registration by FAV department, course not available via web registration. Must also register for FAV 5194.

    DIGITAL EFFECTS AND COMPOSITING FOR THE SCREEN

    This class uses Adobe After Effects as a tool to achieve the students' individual goals as artists. Starting with the basics of creating imagery in After Effects, the course moves through compositing, special effects, puppet animation and time manipulation. There is an overarching focus on core concepts such as quality of motion, layout and composition, color and form that surpass this single class. The first 6 weeks contain homework assignments that allow the students to grasp individual components of this highly technical toolset, while during the second 6 weeks the students concentrate on a final project. This project stresses the students' knowledge and forces them to grow as a digital animator as they find unique problems and solve them with instructor supervision.
    Major elective

    DIGITAL FOUNDATION

    This course identifies core principles of digital production, to enable students to continually adapt to the ever-changing world of software. Students research and produce artworks that demonstrate their understanding of these principles. This primary knowledge includes digital film and video formats, project asset management, compression techniques, understanding program interface design, color spaces, channel mixing and filters, and the creation and use of extra channels (such as alpha and depth).
    Estimated Material Cost: $30.00
    Major requirement; FAV majors
    Registration by FAV department, course not available via web registration

    DOCUMENTARY PRODUCTION

    Students in this course will produce two projects: a video camera exercise based on the observation of a particular event, and a fully researched and developed social documentary (the interaction of people in small groups or organizations) worked out in consultation with the instructor. Production teams (pairs) are encouraged for the main project. Weekly screenings of non-fiction films demonstrate stylistic developments and variety of content. Assigned readings in the history and theory of documentary promote in-class discussion.
    Estimated Material Cost: $120.00 Deposit: $150.00
    Major elective

    EXPERIMENTAL FILM TECHNIQUES

    An introduction to experimental cinematography, handmade film techniques, and the most fundamental level of filmmaking, this course will emphasize the unique properties of film itself as a visual medium. Projects include in-camera special effects, hand processing, direct animation, optical printing, and contact printing. Students study classic experimental and direct animation films, including work by Len Lye, Norm McLaren, and Patrick Bokanowski. As a final project, each student will make a short piece on film utilizing techniques learned in class. No video or digital processes will be allowed.
    Estimated Material Cost: $100.00 Deposit: $150.00
    Major elective

    FILM & VIDEO INSTALLATION

    This studio investigates monitor and projector based installation through critical readings and studio practice. Emphasis is placed on concerns of material, site, space and interactivity. The course revisits the television monitor and television viewing context as the original video installation site. Students also explore the projector and projection beam, including its shape and volume, capacity to serve as a pure light source and as a means of resurfacing three-dimensional objects. Active installation artists visit the class for lectures and critiques.
    Estimated Material Cost: $150.00 Deposit: $150.00
    Open to sophomore and above
    Permission of instructor required

    INTERMEDIATE STUDIO: ANIMATION

    This is the second semester of a year-long animation study, in which the student grows from novice to independent director. This studio develops an integrated understanding of the diverse aesthetic tools of animation, and teaches students directing for the animation medium. The course is comprised of four elements. First, weekly in-class structured experiments and homework awaken and refine the student's understanding of movement, timing, writing, editing, sound design, art directing, and use of materials. Second, students receive technical training in 2D animation production. Third, students screen and discuss animated works spanning history, culture, and design approach. Fourth, each student designs, animates, directs, and produces two independent projects, one in the fall and one in the spring.
    Estimated Material Cost: Varies considerably with production design; averages $300.00 to $1,200.00 Deposit: $150.00
    Major requirement; FAV majors
    Registration by FAV department, course not available via web registration

    INTERMEDIATE STUDIO: FILM

    Intermediate Film is a year-long course emphasizing technical production in sync sound film making. Theoretical concerns and cinematic techniques are stressed. We explore concepts of (and the relationships between) narrative, documentary and experimental filmmaking. During Spring semester, the course is devoted to improving skills in many aspects of live action filmmaking, including conceptualization, budgeting, camera work, and sound recording. Projects are transferred to tape and edited digitally. In addition, there are weekly screenings of works by relevant filmmakers. Participation in class discussions is required.
    Estimated Material Cost: $500.00 Deposit: $150.00
    Major requirement
    Registration by FAV department, course not available via web registration

    INTERMEDIATE STUDIO: VIDEO

    This year-long video production studio focuses on a search for the specificity of the video medium through a series of structured experiments. Emphasis is placed on video production for alternate exhibition environments: installation, performance, web and multimedia. The Spring Semester continues and extends the web dialogue, and encourages students to create more substantial projects.
    Estimated Material Cost: $150.00 Deposit: $150.00
    Major requirement; FAV majors
    Registration by FAV department, course not available via web registration

    INTRODUCTION TO ANIMATION TECHNIQUES

    This course is designed to explore different animation techniques and materials, including working directly on film, drawing on paper, painting under the camera, object animation, cut-outs, and pixilation. It also teaches the fundamentals of animated movement and timing. Students in this course each make six short animations with separate, synchronized sound tracks. At the end of the course, students create a DVD compilation of all their projects. A wide range of independent animated films are screened to demonstrate different techniques and approaches to animation.
    Estimated Material Cost: $40.00
    Elective

    INTRODUCTION VIDEO

    This course introduces students to the production of electronic moving images: video camera work and digital non-linear editing. By creating short projects, students are engaged in an exploration of individual workflow. Students participate in class by inviting and offering constructive criticism within the group. Writing, presentations and individual meetings are stressed as important elements of the production process. Grades are influenced by attendance, quality of work, and meeting all project deadlines.
    Estimated Material Cost: $60.00 Deposit: $150.00
    Major requirement
    Registration by FAV department, course not available via web registration

    INTRODUCTORY FILM

    Intro Film explores techniques of live action 16MM film production using Bolex cameras and flatbed editing tables. Technical concerns such as exposure, focus, depth of field, and basic editing conventions are covered. Aesthetic concerns such as composition, movement, editing rhythms, and the filmmaker's intention are discussed and critiqued. Students complete three individual assignments outside of class, and four in-class exercises in pairs or groups. The individual assignments encourage creative use of editing techniques such as traditional match-cutting, graphic match-cutting, and cross-cutting or parallel editing. The first individual project is silent, but for those that follow, students create soundtracks using elements such as effects, music, ambient sound, and voiceover. Screenings in class include student rushes, works in progress, and finished films. In addition, a variety of short films are screened and discussed that relate to many of the techniques and aesthetic considerations explored throughout the semester.
    Estimated Material Cost: $220.00 Deposit: $150.00
    Major requirement
    Registration by FAV department, course not available via web registration
    Permission of instructor required for nonmajors

    LIGHTING FOR THE MOVING IMAGE

    Lighting for the Moving Image is a hands-on workshop in lighting for film and video. Students are exposed to a broad range of equipment and techniques while they explore the overriding concept of light as an essential narrative element in motion picture. Workshops and discussions focus on the emotional impact of lighting as it pertains to a given story. Class time is divided between film screenings, one-day workshops on specific techniques, and an extended in-class group project in which students present light as the key narrative element.
    Estimated Material Cost: $100.00 Deposit: $150.00
    Major elective

    PERFORMANCE ANXIETIES

    The word "performance" can apply to people, objects, even corporations. This course explores performance and its definitions and applications in relation to recording technologies. The students will use a variety of cameras (16mm Bolex with prior experience) to explore the distinctions between documenting performance and performing for the camera. Students will begin working in pairs and produce an individual final piece developed as their own unique work. The class members will be asked to be an attentive and constructive audience. We will explore real-time vs. edited time, natural sound vs. sound design, and the opportunities of post-production using Adobe Premiere editing software. Through deconstructing the unique performance space delineated by the lens, we will study the impact of the motion picture camera on the concept of "performance" and how the evolution of this technology has both limited and freed the performer. We will explore the conversation between social change, technologies, and the evolving nature of performance through readings of source texts and histories, starting with the turn of 20th Century and the provocative approaches of the Futurists and DADAs, to the changing nature of performance introduced by YouTube, Selfies and the presence of multiple cameras and screens in daily life.
    Sophomre and above

    SENIOR STUDIO: ANIMATION

    During the senior year, students synthesize and apply what they have learned in their previous studies to the creation of a year-long project. Students develop, design, animate, direct, and produce these projects independently. Students receive weekly individual guidance from instructors and two critiques by established professionals from the world animation community. Class meetings are devoted to film screenings, group critique, and specialized technical workshops. Spring Semester features speakers from different sectors of the animation field who meet with students to prepare them for professional practice. During the spring semester each student also prepares a professional reel and portfolio. The year culminates with the RISD Senior Festival, a public showcase.
    Estimated Material Cost: Varies considerably with production design, average $1000.00 to $3000.00 Deposit: $150.00
    Major requirement; FAV majors only
    Registration by FAV department, course not available via web registration

    SENIOR STUDIO: LIVE ACTION

    This is a year-long course of study, for which the student will complete a 10-20 minute live action work to final professional screening format. Students are free to choose genres and formats in which they want to work. Students have weekly meetings for screenings, guests, and technical workshops, and weekly small-group meetings to discuss their works-in-progress. Spring semester covers post-production, editing, sound mixing, color correction, outputting, and a series of professional practice workshops. A guest critic reviews work in early April. Final projects are screened at a public film festival in May, which is reviewed by the local media.
    Estimated Material Cost: $2,000.00 Deposit: $150.00
    Major requirement; FAV majors only
    Registration by FAV department, course not available via web registration

    SENIOR STUDIO: OPEN MEDIA

    This path, within the senior studio options, allows for the exploration of a broad range of hybrid practices. Through the structural support of this year-long studio, students will produce a project that synthesizes their understanding of and aspirations for media art practice. Works produced use media as their point of departure, but may take a variety of forms including performance, installation, public art, intervention, networked/collaborative production, print publication, activism, etc. The course prepares students to work with depth in their use of media and as contemporary artists in a complex art world, in which media is often only one component in a larger project. Students receive weekly individual guidance from the instructor and peers, as well as two critiques by prominent working artists or related practitioners. Class meetings are devoted to presentations of related artists works, individual meetings and group critique. During the spring semester, each student explores the notion of distribution intensively, resulting in the crafting of individualized forms of presentation. Each student also develops a portfolio of their work, focused on communicating their core interests to a defined group. Spring Semester features speakers, working with related practices, who meet with students to prepare them for their professional future.
    Estimated Material Cost: Varies considerably with production design. Deposit: $150.00
    Major requirement
    Registration by FAV Department, course not available via web registration. Must also register for FAV-5192
    Permission of instructor required

    SOUND FOR THE SCREEN

    Students in this course become engaged with sound as a partner in the language of time-based media. Through selected screenings, readings, and concept-driven design projects, the students develop ideas they can use as design principles in planning and working with sound. In addition, students get a hands-on overview of working with sound in a contemporary production environment, focusing on microphones, field recorders, and Pro Tools DAW software. Students learn to be better listeners and to be aware of how sound affects their perception of the world around them, as well as becoming technically competent to execute their creative ideas.
    Estimated Material Cost: $50.00 Deposit: $150.00
    Major elective

    STOP-MOTION ANIMATION

    This is a course demonstrating and exploring the basic techniques of Stop-Motion Puppet Animation, with the intent to provide students with hands-on creative experience in learning the potentials of the medium, and an introduction to filmic language. Studio exercises strengthen individual technical skills in basic armature construction and model making, animating pose-to-pose movement, the basic walk, expressions and gestures, clay animation with lip-sync, set construction and lighting for three-dimensional animation. Basic sound recording, mixing and editing are also covered. Conceptual skills are exercised through exploring intent, storytelling, storyboarding, editorial concepts, character performance, art direction, and basic sound design. This class is based on process and experimentation. It is meant to provide a strong foundation in the basics of stop-motion animation filmmaking, as well as the confidence to experiment further in one's future work. The idea is to enjoy the process by understanding it; control is born of experimentation and experience.
    This is a one semester class repeated in the spring. First preference given to FAV majors. Second preference given to Illustration majors.
    Estimated Material Cost: $40.00
    Major elective

    WRITING FOR THE SCREEN

    This course is an examination of all forms of writing relevant to film and media creation. This includes a thorough study of traditional 'story film' screenwriting, as well as writing techniques for documentary production and preproduction writing problems, such as proposals, treatments, and outlines. It is also a study of nontraditional writing problems in filmmaking: writing for nonlinear or experimental films, writing for a framework for improvisation, using text as a direct generator of filmed work, and even using text as the content of film. And last, but certainly not least, there is considerable attention paid to developing skills in critical writing. By the end of this course, students will have a portfolio of written work, including a polished draft of a short film or long-form first act, which demonstrates a wide variety of techniques for relating the written word to media.
    Estimated Material Cost: $25.00
    Major elective