Summer 2003

ARTS 653
Composite Video Self-Portrait Project


07/14/2003 - 07/31/2003
Monday-Thursday 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Science Tower 72

Using digital video compositing software and techniques, students will learn how to integrate video with still images, text, and sound to produce a short self-portrait. The individual self-portraits will be exhibited simultaneously as a single work of art, creating a unique collaborative video art project.

A class is a community, unified with a common educational purpose and yet diverse in its composition. The goal of this course is to give a voice and image to the various histories and identities of the students that comprise it. Collected photographs, recorded video, and sound can be digitized and integrated with new footage. When the finished individual projects are displayed collectively, the portrait fragments will created a stream of image and sound thta is at once unified and separate, a sum greater than its parts.

Students will be introduced to basic studio videography, including the use of a blue screen, and basic video editing and compositing techniques that employ Final Cut Pro. Since this course is a summer studio intensive, students will need to prepare and collect some images and content before the class start date so that class time can be devoted to composing and editing the various sources. A detailed project outline will be available to students prior to the start of class, along with suggested formats and treatments. Some basic digital imaging experience is helpful, but no prior digital video experience is necessary. Students will need an external firewire hard drive to store their video work. Please consult the instructor at for further details. Work for the course will require using specific software applications that are available for student use at the numerous computer facilities on campus. Students may find it advantageous to purchase such software programs. Register early; enrollment is limited to 12.


Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Seminar

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 12

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