Video | ART 4150 J01

Class Meets: Monday/Wednesday 1PM to 3:15PM
Location: Media Art Research Studio (MARS)
Professor: Sean Clute, sean@seanclute.net
Class URL: www.seanclute.net/video-art/
Office Hours: Monday 10AM-11AM | Tuesday 11:30AM-12:30PM or by appointment

Course Description:
ART 4150 covers theoretical and artistic principles in video art. Students will be taught conceptual and aesthetic methodologies used to create linear and non-linear time based video works. Techniques introduced in this course include recording, editing, effects, and audiovisual production. Students will also be exposed to work created by innovators of video art to gain insight into applying theory and technique. The class will provide an environment where students can share their work, ideas and critique each others’ progress.

Goals:
Develop language and techniques for creating and critiquing video art
Learn a variety of video production principles
Learn how to use hardware and software for creating time-based media
Introduce the history, criticism, and theory surrounding video art
Discover more about ourselves and methods of self-expression

Software introduced:
Premiere Pro CC
Audition CC
Quicktime 10.0
Quicktime 7.6.6

Grading:
Assignments = 50%
Final Project = 30%
Participation = 20%

Assignment Summary:
Assignment #1 (One Shot) | 10%: Create an unedited video one to five minutes in length
Assignment #2 (Conversation) | 15%: Create a video conversation with at least two camera angles
Assignment #3 (Abstraction) | 15%: Create an abstract video using special effects
Assignment #4 (Pitch) | 5%: You will pitch your final project
Assignment #5 (Rough Cut) | 5%: You will present a rough cut of your final
Final Project: | 30% You will create a final project to be publicly shown

Participation | 20%:
Participation is a huge part of your grade!
I take attendance. For each class (after three absences) I drop your final grade by one (ex. A to B)
Critiques are super important! If you miss a critique I drop your final grade by a minus (ex A to A-)

What happens in class:
Class typically breaks down one of four ways: lecture, demo, lab, and critique.
Lectures include me talking about a topic relevant to video art.
Demos include me showing you how to use software relevant to the lecture and your assignment.
Labs are time for you to work and ask questions about the assignment.
Critiques will occur on assignment due dates. For all assignments you will be required to defend your work.

Other miscellaneous stuff:
I give extra credit for attending artist lectures.

Connecting to the Class Server
We have a class server (an external storage device) in which all assignments must be uploaded.
To access the server:
Finder/Go/Connect to Server/Connect
or
press [command k] when in the finder

If the server address is blank. Then type in smb://155.42.34.15/art and press connect.

Checking out Equipment or Cameras:
Check out equipment by seeing a MARSx work-study student. Hours will be posted
If you are a TRIO student then you are able to check out laptops with our software installed

Help:
You can always email me at sean@seanclute.net
You can come to my office hours (see above).
You can file a report with IT here: https://servicedesk.vsc.edu/

Schedule Details:

Class 1 (Jan 18) – Orientation | Computer Basics I

Introduction to the class:
Who are we?
Survey
Syllabus

Computer Basics I:
Where is the computer?
How do we turn this thing on?
What is my log in?
What is a mouse?
USB 2.0, Firewire 800, Headphone jack?
What is an external drive?
OSX is an operating system?
What are applications?
What is the dock?
What are folders and files?
How do I organize folders and files using “_” and “1”, “2”, “3”, etc.?
Why not use “!@#$%^&*()<>?/;’|][“ when naming files and folders?
Why will I have to save all assignments as LastnameFirstname?
Right-Clicking?
What are five things I should know?
How do I share files?

Put these Handy Key Commands in your memory banks
n = make new things
s = save
c = copy
x = cut
v = paste
z = undo

Computer Basics II (Personalizing your computer):
How to set background image
How to right-click with mouse
Set up file preferences
What is my personal folder?
What is my personal folder on the server?
Um, the trash can?

Open Premiere Pro

Fun with PhotoBooth Lab:
Try to do the following steps
1) Open the application PhotoBooth
2) Create three photographs using effects
3) Name each file “LastnameFirstname01, 02, 03.jpg”
4) Create a folder called “LastnameFirstname” and put the images into it
5) Upload folder to ART/_CluteVideo/Assignments/PhotoFun/

Homework:
Watch Computer Basics I
Bring in a jpg that you would like to stare at for the entire semester.
Read (we will discuss): The Audience and Myth of Entertainment
Read (we will discuss): For Common Things

Class 2 (Jan 20) – Lecture: History of Video Art

Lecture on Early Video Art
Lecture on Contemporary Video Art

Homework:
Review Computer Basics Video Demos
Read (we will discuss):The Audience and Myth of Entertainment
Read (we will discuss):For Common Things
Be ready to answer these questions:
Which article do you relate to more?
Does technology and video expand our consciousness?
Do you trust the world more then your grandparents did?
Has life obscured the difference between life and art in films like Jackass?

Class 3 (Jan 25) – Discuss Reading/Video | Demo: Premiere Pro Basics

Discuss the reading The Audience and Myth of Entertainment and For Common Things
Be ready to answer these questions:
Which article do you relate to more?
Does technology and video expand our consciousness?
Do you trust the world more then your grandparents did?
Has life obscured the difference between life and art in films like Jackass?

Discuss what is Video?
Discussion of video including pixels, planes (R,G,B,A), resolution, Frames Per Second, Codecs
Discussion of Matrix, you can read about it here

Production Workflow:
Click on the above link to see the steps that are needed to accomplish the assignments.

Demo Checkout:
You may use any video camera in this class. However, I recommend the Sanyo-CG10 or Kodac Playsport.
I will show you how to do the following:
To turn on the camera
Record video with the camera
Record stills with camera
Playback recordings in camera
Transfer data from the camera to the computer (SD Card)

Demo Premiere Pro Basics:
What is Premiere Pro?
A non-linear video editor
Import video from cameras, phones, web
Can edit sound
Can add titles, effects
PP is like a container (just references files)

Workflow
Importing Media (Media Browser in Project Bin)
Select Shots (Load Clip)
Mark In and Out Points (“i” “o”)
Edit in Timeline (drag clip)
View clip (spacebar)
Refine edits (trim)
Add Title (import .psd)
Adjusting Audio (timeline waveform)
Exporting (File/Export/Media)

Assignment #1 (DUE Feb 3): The first assignment you will become familiar with a basic video production workflow. You will record a continuous shot, import it, add a title, and export it. Of course, it has to be incredible.

Requirements:
* Video must be between 2-5 minutes in duration

* You must record the video footage yourself
* The video must have no edits (except for title)
* The video must have no filters
* The video must have sound
* The video must have a title
* The video must be exported as a quicktime movie H.264
* The video must be labeled LastnameFirstname.mov
* The file must be uploaded to ART/_Video/Assignments/1_OneShot


Screening:
We will see student example videos.

Homework:
Start shooting for Assignment #1

Class 4 (Jan 27) – Demo: Premiere Pro Basics | Lab

Demo Premiere Pro Basics:
Importing
Premiere is a shell, media points to it
All media should be on the computer
Project, sequence, clip, export
Media Browser/Select Clip/Right Click Import
Import then drag to New Sequence
If importing from “messy” cards use Media Browser
Reconnecting offline media

Editing Basics
Source Panel to trim
In and Out Points (“i”, “o”)
Timeline for major editing
Zoom (“+” “-“)
Move Clips (“v”)
Snapping (“s”)
Trimming (grab edges of clip)
Splitting (blade or “c”)

Lab:
Work on Assignment #1

Homework:
Work on Assignment #1
Record lots of video and bring it into next class so we can import, edit, export, upload.

Class 5 (Feb 1) – Demo: Titles | Lab

Demo Titles:
Title/New Title/Default Still
Type Tool
Character Properties
Center Text
Drag Title from Project to Timeline
Photoshop (File/New/PhotoshopFile)

Lab:
Shoot, import, edit, title, export

Homework:
Work on Assignment #1. Don’t forget it must be on the server before class!

Class 6 (Feb 3) – Assignment #1 DUE! | Critique

Assignment #1 DUE:
We will view and critique the assignments.

Class 7 (Feb 8) – Lecture: Abstraction

Lecture:
We will view excerpts from a number of abstract and experimental video artists.

Homework:
Read (we will discuss): Experimental Phase from the book Video:The Reflexive Medium
Be ready to answer these questions:
What is the revolutionary video tool of today/why?
Does contemporary video create an alternative or countercultural movement and how?
Is experimental video important to our artistic or personal development?
AND
Bring in five small pieces of paper, each with one obstruction written on it

Class 8 (Feb 10) -Discussion Reading | Obstructions | Screening

Discuss Reading:
What is the revolutionary video tool of today? Explain why.
Does contemporary video create an alternative or countercultural movement? If so, how?
Is experimental video important to our artistic or personal development?

Obstructions:
We will pick five obstructions from a hat

Assignment #2 (DUE Mar 7): You will create a short abstract/experimental video. You may work in groups of two.
Requirements:

* Video must be between 2-5 minutes in duration

* The video must NOT include a linear narrative

* The video must adhere to 5 obstructions as determined in class
* The video must have sound
* The video must have a title
* The video must be exported as a quicktime movie
* The video must be labeled LastnameFirstname.mov
* The file must be uploaded to ART/_Video/Assignments/2_Abstraction

Screening:
We will view student work

Homework:
Brainstorm ideas for Assignment #2

Class 9 (Feb 15) -Guest: Molly Davies | Demo: Filters | Lab: Abstraction

Visiting Artist:
Video artist Molly Davies will be in our class talking about a huge project coming up.

Demo Filters:
Project Panel/ Effects
Click and drag to Clip
Modify Effects in Viewer/Effects Tab
Combine multiple Filters (Bevel Edges, Back in the Day, Blur)
Keyframing (stopwatch, move in time, diamond)

Filter Lab:
Open SeanFootage.mov in Premiere Pro
Create at least 5 edit points
Rearrange and/or duplicate clips
Add Filters to each clip
Add a title
Add music
Make video exactly 1 minute
Export
Place file on ART/_CluteVideo/Assignments/FilterFun

Homework:
Work on Assignment #3

Class 10 (Feb 17) – Demo: Transitions | Lab: Abstraction

Demo Transitions:

Lab:
Work on Assignment #3

Homework:
Work on Assignment #3
I expect to see some footage next lab! Next lab is dedicated to editing your footage (no more shooting!)

Class 11 (Feb 29) – Workshop: Molly Davies | Lab: Abstraction

Workshop:
We will do a video workshop with Molly Davies

Lab: Abstraction
We will individually edit your projects. You must have footage to edit by today

Homework:
I expect to see progress with editing your projects

Class 12 (Mar 2) – Workshop: Molly Davies | Lab: Abstraction

Workshop:
We will do a video workshop with Molly Davies

Lab: Abstraction
We will individually to view your edits/timeline of your projects. You must have a rough cut to show me today.

Homework:
Assignment is DUE next class!

Mar 4 (Friday) – PERFORMANCE!

We are performing in the Julian Scott Memorial Gallery from 4-7PM!

Class 13 (Mar 7) – DUE: Assignment #2| Critique

DUE Assignment #2:
Assignment #2 is Due on the server by the beginning of class. We will critique them.

Class 14 (Mar 9) – Lecture: Conversation

Lecture
We will view examples of conversations in film/video.

Homework:
Read (we will discuss in next class): The Intermedia Network as Nature
Be prepared to answer Are we conditioned more by video or our “natural” environment?, How is the speed of video/cinema changing our sense time and place?, Is the language of popular cinema relevant to the current time in which we live?, How does video effect the way in which we communicate/converse with each other?

Class 15 (Mar 14) – Discuss Reading | Demo: Editing

Discuss The Intermedia Network as Nature
We will answer the following questions:
Are we conditioned more by video or our “natural” environment?
How is the speed of video/cinema changing our sense time and place?
Is the language of popular cinema relevant to the current time in which we live?
How does video effect the way in which we communicate/converse with each other?

Assignment #2 (DUE Mar 30): You will create a short video conversation that includes more then one camera angle of the same subject matter. The conversation can be between humans, animals, plants, or anything that resembles a communicative experience. You may work in groups of two if you wish.

Requirements:
* Video must be between 2-5 minutes in duration

* A conversation must be visually apparent between at least two subjects

* You must use at least two camera angles
* The video must have sound
* The video must have a title
* The video must be exported as a quicktime movie
* The video must be labeled LastnameFirstname.mov
* The file must be uploaded to ART/_Video/Assignments/2_Conversation


Screening:
Examples of student work

Demo Editing:
Inserting footage
Overwrite Edit (“.” or mark in-point in timeline)
Insert Edit (“,” or button or drag)
Swap Edit (“cmd + opt”)
Ripple Delete (right click in empty space)
Multiple Tracks (drag to V2)

Advanced Editing
Replace edits (create in, opt drag to timeline)
Linking (right click clip)
Rending Files (yellow = ok, red = render)
Render Files (sequence/render)

Homework:
Start brainstorming ideas for conversation and start script/storyboard

Class 16 (Mar 16) -Demo: Multicam | Lab: The Conversation

Demo Multicam:
[in class we are going to create a video musical]
Need a way to sync cameras (clap board)
Create In Point for each clip
Select clips/ Right click/ Multicam Source Sequence
Sync by In Point
Sync by Audio
Create New Sequence from Multicam Clip
Add Multicam View Button
Click on clip to edit in timeline (shortcut 1, 2, 3, 4)
To edit clips use a roll edit

Lab:
Work on assignment #2

Homework:
Start shooting footage

Class 17 (Mar 21) -Lab: The Conversation

Lab:
Work on assignment #2

Homework:
Finish shooting footage and edit

Class 18 (Mar 23) – Lab: The Conversation

Lab:
Work on assignment #2

Homework:
Work on assignment #2

Class 19 (Mar 28) -Lab: The Conversation

Lab:
Finish assignment #2

strong>Homework:
Finish assignment, export and put on server

Class 20 (Mar 30) – Assignment #3 is DUE! | Go over Final

Assignment #3 DUE:
We will view and critique the assignments.

Assignment #4 Pitch (DUE April 11): You or your group will create a pitch for the final video.
Requirements:
* The pitch must be approximately 3 minutes in duration

* The pitch must introduce who you are

* The pitch must include an explanation of what you want to do
* The pitch must include an explanation of why you want to do this
* The pitch must reference a video or director whose style is emblematic of your intended project
* The pitch must include drawings, pictures, video or other materials to aid the presentation

Assignment #5 Rough Cut (DUE April 25): You must present a rough cut of your final project.
Requirements:

* The rough cut must be approximately 5-10 minutes in duration

* The rough cut must include the basic form of your final

* The rough cut must be approximately 80% finished
* The rough cut does not need to include post-producton edits
* Export the cut as a LastnameFirstname.mov
* Place on server ART/_CluteVideo/Assignments/5_RoughCut

Final Project (DUE May 4): You will create a video masterpiece. You may work in groups or individually.
Requirements:
* The video MUST be between 2 and 12 minutes in duration
* The idea for the video must be approved by me first
* The video will be graded on its creativity
* The video will be graded on its production value
* The video will be graded on its sense of completion (no to be continued)
* The video must have a title
* The video must be exported as a quicktime
* The video must be labeled LastnameFirstname.mov
* The file must be uploaded to ART/_Video/Assignments/FIN


Screening: Student works
I will show examples of student final projects.

Homework:
Work on the pitch because it is due next class!

Class 21 (Apr 11) – Assignment #4 DUE | Individual Meetings

Assignment #4 (Pitch) is DUE:
You will present for the class a pitch for your final project. As a group will will discuss the pros and cons of your ideas and the practicality of accomplishing the video by the due date.

Individual Meetings:
I will meet with everyone about there final project. To discuss what it is, how it can be accomplished, and what I expect from your particular project.

Class 22 (Apr 13) – Lab: Final Project

Class 23 (Apr 18) – Lab: Final Project

Work on final project

Class 24 (Apr 20) – Lab: Final Project

Work on final project

Homework:
Important! A rough cut of your final project is due tomorrow. You will share this rough cut with the class

Class 25 (Apr 25) – Rough Cut DUE! | Critique

A rough cut of your final project will be due today on the server.
We will view and make suggestions for your final final cut.

Class 26 (Apr 27) – Lab: Final Project

Work on final project

Class 27 (May 2) -Lab: Final Project

Work on final project because it is due next class!

Class 28 (May 4) – DUE: Final Project

DUE Final Project:
This is it. We are viewing your final project in the cinema.

FINAL Meeting (May 12)

You can meet with me 8AM-10AM in VAC 004.

FCP Demos

Final Cut Pro Overview
A container, nothing more
Setting Scratch Disks
The Interface
Getting Around the Interface
The Browser
Editing in the Viewer
Marking and and Out Points
The Canvas
The Timeline
Creating Titles
Exporting Video
Rendering

Editing Basics:
Working in the timeline
Moving and arranging clips
Editing endpoints
Multitracking
Blade Tool
Roll Over Tool

Advanced Editing with Multicamera:
Setting up a Multiclip
Multicam Sync
Multicam Editing

Demo Filters and Transitions:
Using Filters
Modifying Filters
3-Way Color Corrector
Scancam
Automating Filters
Applying Transitions
Adjusting Transitions
Working with opacity and tracks