FMST 002 is an introductory course in the craft of media arts production, building on the technical, conceptual and theoretical skills needed to continue at more advanced levels. In this course we will explore the aesthetics and mechanics of shooting digital video, the role of sound and how to record and mix it, and how to develop a project from concept to fine cut. Course work will include collaborative and individual production projects, readings and written assignments, which will address a range of narrative, documentary and experimental approaches to the moving image.

We will investigate different modes of production, diverse visual strategies and apply those to several camera and sound exercises, short production assignments, and one final project.

A fundamental premise of the course is that we are exploring the moving image as an art form. Questions surrounding issues of conceptualization, process, research and development, form vs. content, and critical analysis will be emphasized to support the evolution of your own creative voice. Successful students will effectively integrate all aspects of the class and participate actively in projects and discussions.
Advanced Digital Production focuses on modes of constructing a moving image work. The course deals with conception, preproduction, production and post-production. Each of these subject areas encompasses a variety of practices and every artist is more comfortable in one style of working than another. This course challenges each student to go beyond their customary habits and natural tendencies and to engage in a variety of approaches. We will screen and discuss works of different genres and attempt to understand the working presuppositions of each one. Each student works throughout the semester to complete a 5-12 minute video project incorporating one or more of the styles discussed in class. Course requirements include weekly screenings, minimal reading assignments to be completed before class and class screenings of rushes and roughcuts of student projects. Students should understand that the course requires significant time outside of the classroom including some weekends for casting, shooting and editing.