Media Practices:Digital Cinema
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Level: Graduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Department: Media Studies
Course Number: NMDS 5430
Course Format: Studio
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
In this hybrid theory/practice course, students will immerse themselves in a number of aesthetic questions that will challenge them to think critically and conceptually about the properties of film. What are the fundamental structures at the basis of cinema? What role do these structures play in the spectator’s cognitive and affective engagement with the medium? What distinguishes film from other modes of artistic expression, and other media formats? Rather than presume a number of givens we will start at “degree zero,” investigating the forms that serve as the basis of cinematic expression. Our investigation will include the close study of a select group of cinematic works, as well as number of readings in film theory and philosophy. These texts will allow us to broach a number of topics central to the aesthetics of film. In-class discussion and analysis will be supplemented with several tech projects, written reports and Saturday tech labs. The technical portion of the class will provide basic instruction in 16mm film (Bolex), video (Panasonic HD and Canon SLR), editing (FCP and Avid), and sound (Tascam). Students are expected to make substantive contributions to seminar discussion, as well as participate in the tech labs.
Course Open to: Majors Only
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Prerequisite: Media Practice Concepts or instructor permission. Co-requisite: Students registering for "Media Practices: Film Form" must also register for Saturday tech labs (NMDS 5431). The lab does not carry course credit and no tuition is charged. Labs will provide technical training on the equipment students are using in the class as well as a number of group exercises that will allow them to gain more hands-on experience. The labs are supervised by the instructor and run by the Teaching Assistant.


Open to Graduate students.