Tuesday, April 12, 2011

DM 475 Will Meet Again in the Spring 2012

Fall 2010 Syllabus

DM 475 Experimental Cinema
Mac Lab 3

Jill L. Wissmiller
jwiss1@gmail.com -- gmail is best
Office Hours: T, W, TH 3:45-4:45

Course Description
This class is designed to assist students in the development of alternative means of production and exhibition of media. Topics include camera experimentation, the position of the viewer, experimental animation techniques, the performative nature of exhibition and the forms and means of disseminating media. Additionally, students will analyze selected works to enlighten their understanding of the history of non-traditional forms in video and film.

Course Outline
This course is broken up into evolving topical segments of approximately two weeks each. Online reading and film screenings outside of class will accompany these segments.

You must receive copyright permission for all non-public domain media used in your film projects. Public domain material can be found at http://www.publicdomain.org/ and http://www.creativecommons.org/. Documentaries (but not fiction) may follow the “Documentary Filmmakers’ Statement of Best Practices.”(located on the class server as a pdf). Visit American University's Center for Social Media Website for detailed information regarding the difference between rights infringement and fair use.

Assignments and Requirements
In Class Discussion, Critique, and Exercises
You will be expected to do original analyses of your work and that of others – your peers and recognized professionals and to complete in class exercises illustrating the techniques presented. Extra time outside of class will be needed to master the skills and complete the exercises presented in class.

You will be required to keep a blog for this course that includes thumbnails, storyboards, assignment write-ups and final documentation for each assignment. You should also use these spaces for idea development exercises and reading /screening responses. Rolling Due Dates.

Assignment write-ups
Each assignment will be critiqued in class. Each assignment is to be accompanied by a separate Assignment Write-up describing your process - the idea, both the conceptual and technical challenges you were dealing with, your approach, your frustrations, what you learned, as well as reference to any of the weekly readings and or screenings. These write-ups should be succinct, no more than 500 words.

Learning Accommodations
In compliance with MCA policy and equal access laws, I am available to discuss appropriate academic accommodations that you may require as a student with a disability. Request for academic accommodations need to be made during the first week of the semester, except for unusual circumstances, so arrangements can be made.

Health and Safety Precautions
As more and more work, education and recreation involves computers, everyone needs to be aware of the hazard of Repetitive Strain Injury to the hands and arms resulting from the use of computer keyboards and mice. This can be a serious and very painful condition that is far easier to prevent than to cure once contracted, and can occur even in young physically fit individuals. Paul Marxhausen – visit his site below

All students are required to follow the standards detailed in the "EPA Material Handling Protocols

Evaluation and Grading
Grading will be based on:
Creativity, aesthetic and conceptual development
Technical execution
Participation in critique and class discussions
Assignment write-ups
Visiting Artist write-ups

Assignments are due at 1pm on their scheduled dates. If you are to miss a scheduled due date, work must be handed in prior to absence. Points will be deducted for failure to participate in critique. Late assignments will not be accepted. Lost files are not an excuse for a late assignment. Loss of data, files, or other associated items needed for any assignment or project will require that you recreate your work, with no exceptions. You are solely responsible for the security of your files. Your files are not 100% secure on the server or computer desktop. You should have multiple copies on multiple sources at all times. No files are safe unless backed up to 3 locations.

Attendance Policy
Punctual, consistent attendance and serious participation in class is required for receiving credit. If there are five absences during the semester, credit will not be granted. If you have three absences, your grade will be lowered by one letter grade. Three late arrivals/early departures = 1 absence. *Reminder* equipment reservations/check-outs are made during class. If you miss a reservation day/check-out you will have to take what you can get.

Readings and Resources
There are no required textbooks for this course. All readings will be made available online or handed out in class. All films to be screened outside of class will be available through:
Black Lodge Video 831 S. Cooper (901) 272-7744

difficulty of material
I’m not asking you to “love” this work

I want you to be critical of it (which is not the same as being

to attempt to understand what it is trying to do -- to respect that

this work is generally not for “enjoyment,” as is commercial film (or even “independent” film) -- where enjoyment is the main way to extract money from a paying customer

often un-enjoyable -- confrontational -- “boring”

Materials and Supplies
1 Spindle (25) DVD-R’s (copymax, compusa, bestbuy, etc.)
Jewel cases for DVD’s

1 external hardrive for backup

School Department and Class Policies
No Food or Drinks in Lab. $50.00 fine if you are found in violation.

Your Lab Privileges will be revoked if you do not use headphones in the lab. Please email jwiss1@gmail.com if you encounter problems during open lab time etc. In fact, please email if you have any problems of any kind during open lab time such as software or printer problems etc. The faster problems are brought to my attention the faster I can get them fixed.

Keep the Lab Clean. Dispose of all trash -- Paper scraps, old media etc.

Leave your workstation in an orderly fashion. Chair should be pushed in. Your monitor, keyboard and mouse should be placed in their proper positions.

All work should be backed up to an external hardrive. Materials left on MCA workstations are NOT secure.

FALL 2010

All lectures in Callicott at 7.00 pm unless otherwise noted
You are required to attend 50% of these lectures and post a short review to your blog. If you are in more than one of my classes you may cross post your response -- you only need to write one response and post to each of your class blogs.
Thursday, September 16
Carmenita Higginbotham
Art historian, African-Americanist

Monday, September 20
7.00 pm Blount Auditorium, Rhodes College
Aric Mayer
Partner with Rhodes as part of their series “Telling Katrina’s Stories: Interpreting Hurricane Katrina Five Years After”

Tuesday, October 5
Polly Apfelbaum
Mixed media artist
Her installation, Funkytown, is part of Anguish, A New Vision Series Exhibition at
The MCA Downtown Gallery

Tuesday, October 26
Shawn Sheehy
Book artist / pop up engineering

Thursday, November 4
David Clemons