Spring 2015

Introduction to Super 8 Film and Digital Video

Listed in: English, as ENGL-287  |  Film and Media Studies, as FAMS-228

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Baba Hillman (Section 01)


(Offered as ENGL 287 and FAMS 228.)  This course will introduce students to basic Super 8 film and digital video techniques.  The course will include workshops in shooting for film and video, Super 8 film editing, Final Cut Pro video editing, lighting, stop motion animation, sound recording and mixing.  Students will learn to think about and look critically at the moving and still image.  Students will complete three moving image projects, including one Super 8 film, one video project, and one mixed media project.  Weekly screenings will introduce students to a wide range of approaches to editing, writing, and directing in experimental, documentary, narrative, and hybrid cinematic forms.  Screenings include works by Martha Rosler, Bill Viola, the Yes Men, Jennifer Reeves, Mona Hatoum, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Dziga Vertov, D.A. Pennebaker, Jean-Pierre Gorin, Cécile Fontaine, and Johanna Vaude.

Admission with consent of the instructor.  Please complete the questionnaire at https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/film/major/major-requirements/forms.  Limited to 13 students.  Spring semester.  Five College Professor Hillman.

If Overenrolled: Questionnaire available on Amherst website.


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2019-20: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2012, Fall 2013, Spring 2015, Fall 2016