Create a two to three-minute personal video essay. You may approach this in various ways: a visual essay on a topic of interest or a self-portrait, or take a different approach, as long as the form and style of your work are personal and idiosyncratic. The objective is to experiment and become familiar with basic camera operation and location sound recording. The project should include a variety of shots that demonstrate your ability to compose, frame, focus, set white balance, produce stable camera shots without excessive shaking (or move the camera gracefully in the case of movement), and record a clean soundtrack. The project will be evaluated primarily on technical craft. All video and audio elements used in this video must be created specifically for this project; you may not incorporate any third-party materials in this work.
The homework, archive assignments, and in-class activities provide the foundation for completing this project. It is essential to do some practice shooting before returning the camera you checked-out for use during the Camera Workshop in order to be prepared to complete this assignment.
You should complete this assignment using the Sony a7iii camera that is available in the “Sony Video Kit” you can reserve and check out from the CAMD Media Center. Plan ahead, the CAMD Media Center requires advance reservations.
You may supplement footage shot with the Sony a7iii with footage shot with your iPhone or another camera.
Look at the assigned video playlists available in Canvas for examples from which to draw inspiration. Examples include works in various genres and by creators ranging from students to practicing artists. Do not consider these works as templates; instead, trust your gut and seek to express yourself in your voice.
This project contributes the number points towards your final grade listed in Canvas and is assessed on a complete/incomplete basis. The work must meet all of the following criteria to be considered complete:
If the project is not assessed as complete, you may request a rework following the procedures described in the syllabus.