MMEDIA 2B06 Time-Based Media I (C01)
Academic Year: Winter 2019
Instructor: Prof. Liss Platt
Office: Togo Salmon Hall 327
Phone: 905-525-9140 x 27954
Office Hours: Mondays 12:30 - 1:30 or by appointment
- Course Objectives
- Textbooks, Materials & Fees
- Method of Assessment
- Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties
- Additional Policies and Statements
- Topics and Readings
Course description: Time-Based Media I is a hands-on introduction to photography, video, and animation as well as an examination of the social, cultural, political, and theoretical implications of moving-image production in the digital age. The course will primarily focus on independent media – works that are produced outside of dominant commercial markets (i.e. advertising, Hollywood). Students will gain competency in digital production and post-production while exploring various formal, conceptual, and structural strategies. The goal is for students to be able to communicate effectively, inventively, and idiosyncratically through digital media. Additionally, students will learn to evaluate photography, video, and animation within the context of their use.
Classes will be devoted to lectures, screenings, discussions, technical demonstrations, in-class exercise, and critiques of students work. Readings will explore the history of photography and independent media as well as the evolution of digital media and the impact this has had on the field. There will numerous hands-on exercises that take place during class time, so attendance is crucial. Also, given that this is a six-unit production-based course, be prepared to put in a significant amount of time outside of class to complete assignments.
Textbooks, Materials & Fees:
Required materials and texts:
• Students will need to purchase a 16GB or 32GB Class 10 media card for use with the
Canon T4i or T5i DSLR camera (the faster the mbps the better)
• Students will need to purchase an external hard drive (USB 3.0 or Firewire, 7200 rpm)
of at least 500 GB.
• All required reading will be posted on Avenue to Learn (Learning Management System).
Students will use a variety of software packages, including the following:
• Adobe Photoshop • Adobe Premiere
• Adobe After Effects
Method of Assessment:
Detailed descriptions of individual assignments will be posted on Moodle. There is no final exam for this class, meaning that term work may seem more intense than in courses with a final exam. You are encouraged to begin working on assignments well in advance of their due dates. Attendance in this class is mandatory.
Tech-check (3 @ 2% each) 6%
In-class Exercises (8 @ 4% each)* 32%
On-line writing responses 15%
Major Project #1 (treatment 4%, fine cut 6%, final 10%) 20%
Major Project #2 (treatment 4%, fine cut 6%, final 10%) 20%
Participation (in lectures and critiques) 5%
Activity log (submit Jan 28; Feb 25; Mar 18; Apr 8) 2%
* Students must be in attendance to participate in the in-class exercises. If a student misses an exercise it cannot be made up after the fact. For this reason, only eight of the ten exercises will count towards the course mark. Students who complete more than eight exercises will have their eight highest marks counted towards their course mark.
** Students must complete five of six short response or analysis assignments by the due date. Guidelines will be posted on Avenue; all writing work submitted on Avenue.
*** Participation marks will be based on active participation in discussions of readings and in-class critiques of projects.
Due dates for reading responses (post in Avenue to learn by NOON on due date = note they are all Sundays): Cartwright and Sturken: January 13; Sontag: January 27; Photo analysis: February 3; Video clip analysis: February 10; Antin: February 24; Manovich: March 24
Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:
For major projects only, late assignments will be penalized by 5% per day of the week (including weekends). Extensions will be given if requested before the assignment’s due date and if the reason is considered legitimate by the instructor. In-class exercises will not be accepted after due date.
Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:
You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.
Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.
It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity
The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:
- Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
- Improper collaboration in group work.
- Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.
Email correspondence policy
It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student. Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.
Modification of course outlines
The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.
McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)
In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at mcmaster.ca/msaf/. If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.
Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities
Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.
Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances
Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.
Topics and Readings:
Note: Readings are listed on the day they will be discussed so you must read them prior to that class/tutorial meeting. See notes above for specific deadlines.
Week 1 – January 7 & 10
Lecture Jan 7: Intro to Class – expectations, policies, and mission
LAB/Lecture Jan 10: Intro to DSLR cameras (basic settings and functions, exposure, depth of field, metering); Photoshop Tech-Check. Note: we will be meeting in the classroom, TSH 201.
Week 2 – January 14 & 17
Readings: Cartwright & Sturken; Ang
Lecture Jan 14: The Frame; Images and Meaning
LAB/Lecture Jan 17: DSLR Tech-Check; EXERCISE #1 – All things Photography; View EXERCISE #1 – All things Photography
Week 3 – January 21 & 24
Readings: Barrett; Ang
Lecture Jan 21: Lighting Basics; Photo Criticism and Interpretation
LAB/Lecture Jan 24: Photoshop Tutorial; Lighting Basics and Demonstration; EXERCISE #2 – Lighting (due following week, January 31); ASSIGN Major Project #1 – Due March 7th in class (treatments due: January 31; fine cut due: February 28).
Week 4 – January 28 & 31 Reading: Sontag; Bordwell & Thompson
Lecture Jan 28: Meditations on Photography; Intro to Video on the DSLR camera; Intro to Narrative Strategies
LAB/Lecture Jan 31: Photoshop RAW and Intro to Adobe Premiere; EXERCISE #3 – Photos in Sequence (due following week, Feb 7); Meetings with instructor about EXERCISE #2 – Lighting; DUE: Treatments for Major Project 1 (pass in hard copy to Liss in classroom)
Week 5 – February 4 & 7
Reading: Gross & Ward
Lecture Feb 4: Camera Movement; Shooting to Edit; SD vs. HD, video formats; compression
LAB/Lecture Feb 7: Editing, Transitions, Filters, and Color Correction, Exporting (basic) in Premiere; Color Correction Tech-check; EXERCISE #4 – Hamilton video remix (due Thursday, Feb 14); Screening and Discussion on video remixes
Week 6 – February 11 & 14
Reading: Bordwell & Thompson
Lecture Feb 11: Narrative and Non-Narrative forms; Sound for Video (single vs. double system recording); Screening and Discussion
LAB/Lecture Feb 14: Premiere: Motion Graphics, Titles, and more on Exporting and Vimeo settings; EXERCISE #5 – Subverting Expectations (due Monday, March 4); ASSIGN Major Project #2 – Due April 11th (uploaded) (treatments due: February 25; rough cuts due (optional): March 28; fine cuts due: April 4 in class)
Week 7 – February 18 & 21
***** NO LECTURE OR TUTORIALS – READING WEEK **********
Week 8 – February 25 & 28
Lecture Feb 25: Appropriation; Early Video Art; Constructive criticism and the art of critique; EXERCISE #6 – Wild Sound (due Thursday, March 14) DUE: Treatments for Major Project #2 (pass in hard copy in lecture)
LAB/Lecture Feb 28: Open Lab – and extra help with Premiere DUE: Fine Cuts for Major Project 1; Feedback on Rough Cuts
Week 9 – March 4 & 7
Lecture Mar 4: Intro to Animation: Pixilation, Stop Motion, Cut Paper, Rotoscoping
LAB/Lecture Mar 7: DUE: Major Project 1; VIEW and CRITIQUE Major Project 1 (entire class)
Week 10 – March 11 & 14
Reading: Bordwell & Thompson
Lecture Mar 11: Animation and Contemporary Video Art
LAB/Lecture 14: EXERCISE #7 – Analog Animation; Intro to After Effects and Rotoscoping; EXERCISE #8 – Rotoscoping (due Thursday, April 1)
Week 11 – March 18 & 21
Lecture Mar 18: Peer to Peer crits for Major Project #2; EXERCISE #9 – Pixilation Challenge (due Monday, March 25, in class)
LAB /Lecture Mar 21: work on EXERCISE #9 – Pixilation Challenge; Open Lab – and extra help with Rotoscoping
Week 12 – March 25 & 28
Lecture Mar 25: Kinetic Typography; New Directions in Animation; View EXERCISE #9 – Pixelation Challenge
LAB /Lecture Mar 28: Animating Text in After Effects; EXERCISE #10 – Animating Text (due Monday, April 8); DUE: Rough Cuts for Major Project 2; Feedback on Rough Cuts (optional)
Week 13 – April 1 & 4
Lecture April 1: Lab Day – students work on final projects in preparation for Fine Cuts due Thursday; feedback on rough cuts as necessary
LAB /Lecture April 4: CRITIQUE Fine Cuts for Major Project #2 and PARTY!
Week 14 – April 8
Lecture April 8: Lab time to work on finishing Major Project 2 and Exercise 10 (due at midnight)