Introduction to Sound Image and Motion
FMX 241 B
Section B: TR 8:00 – 9:50 am
Associate Professor, Gregg Perkins, MFA
Office: 129 Cass Annex
Office hours by appointment
Phone: ex. 3427
—All texts will be distributed in class or posted online
Suggested Subscription: Lynda.com
The subscription is free with a Hillsborough County Library Card, which can be obtained by going to the John Germany Library on Ashley Street across the Cass Avenue bridge in downtown Tampa. Location: http://www.hcplc.org/hcplc/locations/jfg/
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Sound Image and Motion is an introduction to hands-on digital film production and post-production. Each student will complete a short documentary, narrative and experimental film. Technical instruction will include level-one instruction on non-linear digital editing software and an introduction to HD cameras. Students will be introduced to portable equipment at the cage (including cameras, tripods, audio recording tools and more) and production facilities, including the black box studio space. Class will be comprised of technical demonstrations, in-class shoots and critiques of student work. Basic history, theory and aesthetics of related media are presented.
By the end of the course each student:
—Will complete a short documentary, narrative and experimental film.
—Execute level-one instruction on non-linear digital editing software
—Demonstrate introductory competency through hands on use of HD Cameras.
—Understand introductory use of portable equipment at the cage (including cameras, tripods, audio recording tools and more).
—Understand and use production facilities, including the Blackbox studio space.
—Class will be comprised of technical demonstrations, in-class shoots, and critiques of student work. Basic history, theory and aesthetics of related media are presented.
Each Student will:
1. Distinguish between modes of documentary, narrative and experimental film.
2. Create a short documentary, narrative and experimental film.
3. Participate in critique sessions of class assignments.
4. Provide written or oral critique statement to tie assignments to course material.
5. Develop artistic and aesthetic vision.
6. Utilize depth of field, basic framing, rule of thirds.
7. Apply basic principles of cinematography.
8. Identify, explain, analyze and apply the relationship between f-stops, ISO, Shutter speeds, and aesthetics of the motion picture image. Identify, explain, analyze and apply white balance menu functions ranging from selecting icons, adjusting Kelvin Scale numbers, and using a white card. Focus the lens and demonstrate focused image capture through assignments. Understand the aesthetics of depth of field while using different focal lengths on a zoom lens
9. Know and utilize proper microphone placement and technique.
10. Distinguish between types of microphones and their uses.
11. Properly apply the 180% rule in dialogue scene.
12. Distinguish between observational and expository documentary.
13. Create proper exposure of visual material with use of the camera and lighting.
14. Effectively create sound design through hands on projects.
15. Demonstrate hands-on ability to shoot motion pictures with Digital HD cameras.
16. Demonstrate hands-on ability to set up and use audio recording instruments, including microphones.
17. Identify purpose of support systems, including tripods, dollies, lighting instruments, and all pertinent equipment from the equipment cage.
18. Gain hands-on introductory technical fluency on proper use of the audio recording suite, black box studio and lighting panel,
19. Utilize safety aspects in production.
20. Identify workflow and key roles in a production team.
21. Gain hands-on introductory technical fluency in professional non-linear editing software.
22. Pass technical tests and complete assignments to demonstrate proficiency and understanding of use of cameras, and cinematography and non-linear editing on all of the above stated objectives.
Cage cameras, audio gear and facilities allocated to the course:
Canon T3i Camera& Fancier Tripods / Zoom H4N Recorders & microphones
—1T External Hard Drive, Sata/USB, or Firewire 800 7200 RPMs or Solid State
—32BG SDHC Class 10 Memory Card
—SD/MiniSD Card Reader
Assignments / Grade Breakdown:
Visual Storytelling 15%
Technical Exercises 15%
Documentary Film 15%
Experimental Film 15%
Narrative Film 15%
Portfolio and Revision 15%
95 – 100 A Outstanding
89 – 94 A/B Excellent
84 – 88 B Very Good
77 – 83 B/C Good
72 – 76 C Average
66 – 71 C/D Below Average
60 – 65 D Passing
00 – 59 F Failure
NF No-Show, Failure – Failure for > 3 Absences
The FMX Department follows the UT Attendance Policy that excuses absence for a variety of reasons stated below in the policy. All unexcused absences credit adversely against the course grade, by one half-letter grade for classes that meet twice per week, and one full letter grade for classes that meet once per week. Lateness, leaving early, and late returns from breaks, may also count as absence. Please be prompt to class and plan to attend all sessions.
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