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Sketch #5 -- Edit footage of First Person Video Essay


Using the footage you collected, edit a 1 to 3 minute video essay. Using basic editing techniques in Final Cut assemble the footage in a way that helps the viewer to understand more about your experience of the subject matter. Consider how you can use audio and video independently from each other to tie the piece together and give it more depth.

As stated in the assignment for the shooting stage, you may choose to approach this as a straightforward documentary, a visual/audible poem, or a constructed fiction. The choice is yours -- but either way it will be your vision of this subject.

Just One Rule:
No music unless you made it yourself, or it was present in the shot and it doesn't make sense to mute it. I'm serious!

First Person Video Essay


Your assignment, due March 2nd, is the first stage of a larger video project. Come to class on that day with at least 15 minutes of footage to work with. Buy your own SDHC card from the equipment checkout so that you keep possession of your work.

Here's the challenge:
Think of a place or activity -- or even a person -- that you know well. Choose a subject that you are intimately acquainted with, but that other people may not know a lot about. Use a digital video camera to capture the sights and sounds that you think are most effective at sharing this subject with us (the audience.) Shoot from a variety of angles and try to get lots of details. Experiment, and get a little more material than you think you need.

You may choose to approach this as a straightforward documentary, a visual/audible poem, or a constructed fiction. The choice is yours -- but either way it will be your vision of this subject.

*Try to avoid capturing recognizable images of people you don't know unless you have their permission.

Bring your footage with you to class on March 2nd, and we'll dive into the editing process...

Next week we're going to start to explore the theme of participation, interactivity, and "social practice" in art. One well-known advocate of social practice is Harrell Fletcher, an artist, writer and educator who is based in Portland, Oregon. To get an introduction to some of the projects he's been involved in and his thoughts about this expanded field of art-making, please read Some Thoughts on Art and Education.

The essay can be found in the 'Writings' section of his website:

Think about how Fletcher's vision of artistic production relates to digital media -- even when he is using entirely non-digital tools. In class on the 9th, we'll discuss Fletcher's work and other projects that deal with these themes of participation, community, networks, and interaction.

Sketch 2 - Assignment Description


Sketch 2: Personal Historical Re-enactment.

Think of a memorable event in your personal life.
Construct a collage image inspired by that memory, using a combination of appropriated material and new photographs or drawings. You may attempt to re-enact scenes and photograph them, but don't use any photographs that were taken at the time of the event in question.

You don't have to literally illustrate the memory -- be as creative as you want in how you interpret the connection.

When your image is finished, please drop a copy of the PSD file in the folder labelled SKETCH-2 on the server. Also, save it for the web as a JPG and post it on the course blog with your name and a title. If the JPG is more than 550px wide, make sure to check the box that says "Use Thumbnail" and set the width to 550.

Sketch 1 - Assignment Description


Use found images to design a panel that can be duplicated and used as wallpaper in our classroom.


Please read the linked article above for next week.
Come to class ready to discuss the central themes and your opinions.