VSAR 303
Introduction to Video Arts
CSUSM Fall 2012

Week to Week Schedule

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Link to Grade sheet and all work Due
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Week 1

Monday, January 28th

Class Objectives
>  Introduction to the class
>  Syllabus and week-to-week Schedule covered
>  Beginning Skills Survey

>  Brief screening of selected student work, and videos from the history of Video Art
>
 First Video Art Project introduced: Cinematography-Videography Project

Introduction to the class
--The Basics and requirements of the class.

Syllabus and week-to-week Schedule covered
--The syllabus will be carefully covered, as well as the week-to-week schedule.

Beginning Skills Survey
--Two skills surveys will be given, one at the beginning of the semester and one at the end of the semester.

Break

Screening of selected student work and videos from the history of Video Art

--Surveying the First Decade online at: Video Data Bank    
--Chris Burden "Through the Night Softly" "Through the Night Softly"--actual TV Spot
--Bill Viola "The Reflecting Pool"
--Tony La Bone "From Here to L.A."

--Student Work: 1) Cinematography/Videography Project    2) Interview Project    3) Text & Image Project

First Video Art Project introduced: Cinematography
-Videography Project
Due: March 11th
--Link to Cinematography/Videography Project description
--Link to example: http://www.traileraddict.com/clip/up-in-the-air/packing-up
--Link to example: http://courses.iddl.vt.edu/DEDCM001/sa/13sacontinuity1.html
--Creating a shot list/story board for the
Cinematography/Videography Project

    

Two very important NOTES:
1) You should have purchased your Reader and your Final Cut Pro Tutorial book before the next class.
2) Please check out a Firewire (800) drive before next class from VPA Checkout in Room 239, second floor
of the Arts Building. Also, it is highly recommended by the VPA Technicians and myself that you purchase
a Firewire 800 drive, formatted for Mac, with at least 500 Gigs of storage space. The Firewire drives in
Checkout only hold a 100 Gigs, which, when you are working in HD video
footage, gets used up fast.
Checkout Phone #: 1-760-750-8801


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Week 2
Monda
y, February 4th
Due today:
1st Reading Assignment: VSAR 303 Reader
Low Budget Video Bible
"Camcorder Basics: The Camera Section" (Chapt. 3)
Article
"All in Good Timecode"

Editing Techniques with Final Cut Pro
Michael Wohl
“Film Language: Types of Shots”, Chapter 2, pages 31 - 55

Class Objectives
> Albert Rascon, Head Technician, introduction to the facilities & Checkout Policies
> Introduction to Final Cut Pro application, Workstations assigned
> Install FCP Tutorial media on your Firewire drives
> Introduction to HD Cameras, Timecode, Tripods
> Demo/discussion on reading, "Film/Video Language: Types of Shots"
> Brief demo on File management and FCP Project management strategies
> In-class work on Tutorials, Lesson 1: Editing in Final Cut Pro
> Brief discussion of your ideas for your Cinematography/Videography Project

Albert Rascon, Head Technician, introduction to the facilities & Checkout Policies
--Albert will discuss lab rules & checkout procedures, Checkout Policies, the new HD cameras, and options for saving your work
on portable drives available in Checkout (on second floor of this building, Room 239)


Introduction to Final Cut Pro application
--I will give a brief introduction to the Final Cut Pro application and to your workstations.
--You will also be assigned to a Workstation that you will work at for the entire semester.

Install FCP Tutorial media on your Firewire drives
--In the back of your Final Cut Pro 7 Tutorials book, you will find a DVD from which you will download the Lesson Files Media
to your external hard drive.


Break

Introduction to HD Cameras, Timecode, Tripods
--Demonstration of HD Cameras, Time code, and Tripods
--Review articles: Camcorder Basics", and "All in Good Timecode"

Demo/discussion on reading, "Film/Video Language: Types of Shots"
--I will give a demonstration of the types of shots described in the article using the VIXIA camera and tripod.


Brief demo on File management and Project management strategies
It is essential that you develope excellent file management and FCP Project management skills. This brief demo will show you exactly how.

In-class work begins on Tutorials
--Lesson 1: Editing in Final Cut Pro

Important NOTE: In each of the Lessons you will not be required to do the "Editor's Cut" sections. However, you will need to complete the "Take 2" section of each Lesson.

Brief discussion of your ideas for your Cinematography/Videography Project
Link to Cinematography/Videography Project description
Cinematography/Videography project storyboards due: October 15th
--We will discuss
your ideas for your Cnematography/Videography Projects, and also approaches to shooting and
editing yo
ur projects.

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Week 3
Monday, February 11th

Due today:
2nd Reading assignment: VSAR 303 Reader
Wikipedia
Sergei Eisenstein
"Eisenstein's Theory of Montage"

Film Form
Sergei Eisenstein
"The Cinematographic Principle and the Ideogram"

--Please read the articles carefully, taking notes and highlighting important points.


Class Objectives

> In-class work on Tutorials, Lessons 1 & 2
> Introduction to montage and discussion of related articles by Eisenstein, screening of work related to montage
> Discussion on Story boards and strategies for shooting your Cinematography-Videography Project
> Brief demo on
setting up the VIXIA for your Cinematography/Videography shoot

In-class work on Tutorials, Lessons 1 & 2

Lesson 1: Editing in Final Cut Pro

Lesson 2: Building the Rough Cut

Break

Introduction to montage and discussion of related articles by Eisenstein, and screening of work related to montage
--Please be prepared to discuss the Eisenstein articles,
Wikipedia, Sergei Eisenstein, "Eisenstein's Theory of Montage";
and, Film Form, Sergei Eisenstein, "The Cinematographic Principle and The Ideogram", Sergei Eisenstein.


Discussion on Story boards and strategies for shooting your Cinematography/Videography Project
Link to Cinematography/Videography Project description
Cinematography/Videography project storyboards due: October 15th
--We will discuss methods for creating a storyboard, and also different approaches to shooting your
Cinematography/Videography Projects.


Brief demo on setting up the VIXIA for your Cinematography-Videography shoot
--A brief demo will be given on accessing the menues for setting up your camera for shooting your footage for the Cinematography-Videography project.

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Week 4
Monday, February 18th
Due today, Lesson 1: Editing in Final Cut Pro
Due today, Lesson 2: Building the Rough Cut
Cinematography/Videography project Storyboards due


Class Objectives

> Demonstration on saving & copying Completed Lessons Project Files to "Screeningstation" server
> In-class work on FCP Tutorials: Lesson 3
> Review cameras and tripods in groups, In-Camera Edit Project done in class, in groups
> Storyboards and production phase (shooting) Cinematography/Videography Projects discussed
> Demonstration on downloading footage off the SD Memory cards in the "Private" folder

Demonstration on saving & copying Completed Lessons Project Files to "Screeningstation" server
Demonstration of saving & copying your Tutorial "Project Files" to the "Completed Lessons" folder on your Firewire Drives,
then copying your completed lessons "Project Files" to your VSAR 303 folder on the Screeningstation Server.


In-class work on FCP Tutorials: Lesson
3
--Lesson 3: Finishing the Rough Cut

Break

Review cameras and tripods in groups, In-Camera Edit Project done in class, in group
s
--You will work in your groups to first review cameras and tripods, and then complete a 30 second, In-Camera Edit Project.
For this project, your group will create a 30 second portrait
of a person, place, or thing. You will literally edit this piece
in the camera, utilizing the montage techniques we discussed last week.

--After the groups have completed the In-Camera Edit project, we will screen them from the camera.


Storyboards and production phase (shooting) Cinematography/Videography Projects discussed
-
-We will discuss briefly your shooting strategy and preparations for shooting your footage for the project.

Demonstration on downloading footage off the SD Memory cards in the "Private" folder
Before you turn your VIXIA camera back in you will need to download your Cinematography Videography footage files from the SD memory card in the camera. The following is a demonstration of the downloading process.

Due next week, raw footage for your Cinematography/Videography Projects due


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Week 5

Monday, February 25th

Due today, Lesson 3: Finishing the Rough Cut
Due today, raw footage for your Cinematography/Videography Project

Due today:
3rd Reading Assignment: VSAR 303 Reader
Editing Techniques with Final Cut Pro
Michael Wohl
"Film Lanugage: Types of Cuts and Transitions", Chapter 2, pages 55- 86


Class Objectives

> Demonstration of Setting up a Project in FCP, and HD Workflow
> Lesson 8 Demo on Logging and Transferring Footage from HD cameras, then work on Lesson 8
> Brief discussion on reading, "Film Language: Types of Cuts and Transitions"
> Demonstration of basic hard cut editing in FCP

> In-class editing time on your Cinematography-Videography Projects

Demonstration of Setting up a Project in FCP, and HD Workflow
--To prepare to work on Lesson 8, I will demonstrate setting up a Project for the first time in FCP, as well as an introduction to the HD Workflow.

Lesson 8 Demo on Logging and Transferring Footage from HD cameras, then work on Lesson 8
--Brief review of VIXIA HD Cameras
--Lessons 8: logging and Transferring Footage

Note: You should only do the last section of Lesson 8, Transferring Files from Tapeless Sources starting on page 321, because we
are no longer shooting video on
the MiniDV (tape-based) cameras.


Break

Brief discussion on reading, "Film Language: Types of Cuts and Transitions"
--Please read the article and be prepared to discuss it.

Demonstration of basic, hard cut editing in FCP
--I will demonstrate basic hard cut editing, which is the type of editing you will do for your first project.


In-class editing time on your Cinematography-Videography Projects
During this time, you will log and transfer your raw footage from the HD cameras and start a rough cut
.


Take-home Quiz: Camera Basics due next week, graded in class.
The Camera Basics Quiz is based on the Low Budget Video Bible, "Camcorder Basics: The Camera Section" (Chapt. 3)
article you
read in in your Reader.

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Week 6
Monday,
March 4th
Due today, Lesson 8: Logging and Transferring Footage
Due today, Take-home Quiz: Low Budget Video Bible, "Camcorder Basics: The Camera Section" (Chapt. 3)

Class Objectives

> Take-home Quiz: Camera Basics graded in class
>
In-class work on Lessons 4: Trimming and Clip Duration, Lesson 5
Refining Edit Points

> In-class editing time on your Cinematography/Videography Projects
> Demonstration on Outputting your Cinematography/Videography Projects as a Quicktime (.mov)
> Assignment #2 introduced: The Interview Project


Take-home Quiz: Camera Basics
--Grading of Camera Basics quiz


In-class work on FCP Tutorials, Lessons 4 & 5
--Lesson 4: Trimming Clip Duration

--Lesson 5: Refining Edit Points


Break

In-class editing time on your Cinematography/Videography Projects
--This in-class editing time is a great opportunity to receive one-on-one assistance.

Demonstration on Outputting your Cinematography/Videography Projects as a Quicktime (.mov)
--Each of your Video Art Projects will be submitted as a Quicktime, and I will demonstrate, using the HD Workflow Handout,
the steps you will need to take.


Assignment #2 introduced: The Interview Project
Due: April 15th
Link to Interview Project Description
First, based on your skill level, we will determine if you will be working solo or in a group (no more than three to a group).
We will form the groups in class next week, at which time your group will discuss and decide on your subject for the interview, and also you will discuss approaches to how you might go about shooting and editing the interview.

Note: Over the next week, in preparation for forming the groups, begin to introduce yourself to your fellow classmates,
and also begin thinking about and discussing who you think would make a compelling subject for the Interview Project.

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Week 7
Monday,
March 11th
Due today: Cinematography/Videography Project


Class Objectives
> Screening of first video art project: Cinematography/Videography Projects

> Groups for Interview Project established, Interview subjects discussed and determin
ed

Screening of first video art project: Cinematography/Videography Project
Important Notes:
1)  We will screen your Cinematography/Videography Project
from the Quicktime file you will have created
2)  You will download your final project Quicktime file to the "Screeningstation" Server before class.


Break

Groups for Interview Project established, Interview subjects discussed and
determined
Due next week, Written production schedule, via email by the end of class


Continue working outside of class on Lessons 4 & 5
--Lesson 4: Trimming Clip Duration
--Lesson 5: Refining Edit Points


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Week 8
Monday
, March 18th

Due today, Lesson 4: Trimming Clip Duration
Due today, Lesson 5: Refining Edit Points
Due today, Written production schedule, via email by the end of class

Due today:
4th Reading Assignment due, VSAR 303 Reader:
Low Budget Video Bible,
“Audio Basics” (Chapter 21)
Lighting for Television and Film
"The Pri
nciples of Lighting"

Class Objectives
> Screening of any remaining video art project: Cinematography/Videography Projects
> Workshop: Microphones, Recording Audio and Lighting demos, and demo of new HD cameras
> In-class work on Assignment #2 & class discussion and work on your production schedule
> Time permitting, In-class work on FCP Tutorials, Lessons 6

Screening of any remaining video art project: Cinematography/Videography Projects

Workshop: Microphones, Recording Audio and Lighting demos, and demo of new HD cameras
--In this workshop an in-depth demo will be presented on using mics, cables, connectors, lighting equipment and the new HD
cameras.

Break

In-class work on Assignment #2: in-class discussion and work on your production schedule
Due by Friday of this week: Written production schedule
It is essential that you turn in your/group's production schedule by Friday of this week, via my Cal State email: tallard@csusm.edu
Be prepared to discuss with the class your choice of subject, why you chose your subject, and also your ideas for
producing and post producing your interview video. After the class discussion is over, you will get together with your group,
(or solo) and, based on our discussio
n,
refine your production schedule. Once it is complete, submit it to me via my Cal State email.

Time permitting, In-class work on FCP Tutorials, Lessons 6
> Lesson 6: Refining the Editing Process


Take home Audio Basics Quiz due in class next week, graded in class.
(The quiz is based on the Audio Basics article in your Reader)

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Week 9
Monday, March 25th

Due today, Audio Basics Quiz, hard copy
Due today, Lesson 6: Refining the Editing Process


Class Objectives
> Take home Audio Basics Quiz due today, graded in class (The quiz is based on the Audio Basics article in your Reader)
> Additional Audio, Lighting, and shooting an interview discussion
> Brief Check in and update on your Interview Project
> Screening of "Stanley", Steven Matheson, and Student Interview Project work

> In-class work on Tutorials
, Lesson 9: Applying Transitions

Take home Audio Basics Quiz due today,

--Quizzes will be graded in class.

Additional Audio, Lighting, and shooting an interview discussion
--
We will discuss the finer points of the Audio and Lighting workshop from last week. A camera and lighting kit will be set up for the discussion.

Break

Brief Check in and update on your Interview Project
Groups and individuals will give a very brief update on your Interview Project, specifically on the production/
shooting phase which you should have started this week.


Screening of "Stanley", Steven Matheson, and Student Interview Project work
--We will screen Steven Matheson's "Stanley" again and deconstruct it technically and conceptually

In
-class work on Tutorials:
--Lesson 9: Applying Transitions

--You will not do lesson 7, but please look it over. Lesson 7: Customizing Final Cut Pro

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Spring Break, April 1st
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Week 10
Monday, April 8th

Due today, Lesson 9: Applying Transitions

Due Today: 1st FCP Hands-on Quiz

Class Objectives
> 1st FCP Hands-on quiz FCP Hands on Quiz
> Interview Project, work-in-progress presentations
> Setting up a Final Cut Pro project to "Log and Transfer", and then edit HD footage
>
Editing an Interview, Demo
> Demo: Mixing audio for final output, and a review of outputting your FCP Projects as a Quicktime (.mov)
> Work time in class on Interview Projects

> Third Video Art Project introduced: Text & Image Project


1st FCP Hands-on Quiz
--First FCP Hands on Quiz The hands on quiz will be given by the TA and the Instructor while you are working on today's lessons.


Interview Project, work-in-progress presentations
--All groups and individuals must be prepared to present transferred footage in FCP at a group member's station.
By this point, you should have the post production phase underway, which would include the start of a rough cut of the footage you shot.


Setting up a Final Cut Pro project to "Log and Transfer", and then edit HD footage
--Setting up Final Cut Pro for "Logging and Transferring" HD files
--FCP project settings
--Outputting a Quicktime from FCP


Break

Editing an Interview Demo
--basic editing: hard cuts, L and J cuts
, transitions
http://www.trakax.com/software/about/comments/video_basics_j_and_l_cuts/

--working with two channels of audio
--past student Interview Projects screened
--screening of Steven Matheson's "Stanley"


Demo: Mixing audio for final output, and a review of Outputting your FCP Projects as a Quicktime (.mov)
--EQ, Audio filters, effects, outputting
--Bringing bad audio around to an acceptable level
--a review of outputting your FCP Projects as a Quicktime (.mov)


Work time in class on Interview Project


Third Video Art Project introduced: Text & Image Project
Due: May 6th
Link to Text & Image Project Description

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Week 11
Monday, April 15th
Due today: Interview Projects

Class Objectives
Screening Interview Projects
Be prepared to show your work in class--have it output as a Quicktime movie (.mov).


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Week 12
Monday, April 22
Due today:
Lesson
10: Mixing Audio Tracks
Due today:
5th Reading Assignment: VSAR 303 Reader
Digital Currents, Art in the Electronic Age
Margot Lovejoy
"Video as Time, Space and Motion" , pgs. 93-151


Class Objectives
> Screening of any remaining Interview projects
> Demo: Creating Titles in Final Cut Pro (based on Lesson 11 in Tutorials book)
> Introduction to Video Art History, Theory and Aesthetics


Screening of any remaining Interview projects
--In the event that we did not complete all the screenings of the Interview Projects last week, we will do so this week.

Break

Demo: Creating Titles in Final Cut Pro (based on Lesson 11 in Tutorials book)
--This demo is based on Lesson 11 in your Tutorials book. so please have your books open so that you can follow along.

Introduction to Video Art History, Theory and Aesthetic
--Presentation on the history, theory and aesthetic of video art
Synopsisi of Video Art:

Surveying the First Decade online at:Video Data Bank
Center, Video History Project,
http://www.experimentaltvcenter.org/history/index.html    
Electronic Arts Intermix: http://www.eai.org/eai/index.htm

Video Out:
http://www.videoout.ca/search/node/Corpse+and+Mirror


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Week 13

Monday, April 29th

Due today:
2nd and Final Hands-on Quiz
750 Word Arts and Lectures Review of presentation

Class Objectives
> 2nd and Final Hands-On Quiz Today
> In-class work time on Text and Image Project
> Review of final output process

2nd and Final Hands-On Quiz Today
HANDS ON QUIZ TODAY!!! DOWNLOAD

While you are working on your Text and Image Project, the TA and I will be giving the quiz. Please review the quiz online, noting what media you will need to have prepared to take the quiz.

Break

In-class work time on Text and Image Project

--While you are waiting your turn to take the Hands-on Quiz, you should be working on your Text and Image project, and also after you take the Quiz.

Review of final output process

--Lesson 14 reviewed (you will not do Lesson 14)

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Week 14
Monday, May 6th
Due Today,Text and Image Project

Class Objectives
First round of screenings of Assignment #3, Text and Image
> Prepare to show your work in class today.

I will post the final round of grades will be posted on Cougar Courses at the end of Finals week
Link to Grade sheet  

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Week 15
Monday, May 13th

Due Today,Text and Image Project

Class Objectives
Second round of screenings of Assignment #3, Text and Image
> Prepare to show your work in class today.

I will post the final round of grades will be posted on Cougar Courses at the end of Finals week
Link to Grade sheet  


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Thanks for your interest in learning the art of video.
ONWARD!