Video Fundamentals

instructors: Michael Johnsen
MAL 101A
Monday - Friday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
For ages 14-17
$230 members, $255 non-members
maximum enrollment: 10

This course takes students through the relevant stages of video production including the aesthetics pertinent to motion picture production such as reading light, principles of composition, planning, shooting, recording audio, editing, and burning a DVD. The focus-project is a completed “photo roman,” a video pairing of still imagery and audio. It may sound easy, but it’s not; the “photo roman” is often an important college and grad school film school assignment where students show off their ability to read light, compose images, work with sophisticated audio tracks and create a compelling story/convey an important idea. The photo roman is to some, an excellent artistic and collaborative exercise by which to stretch such creative muscles for the first time. This class is the perfect foundation course for the other electronic media courses we’ll offer this summer.

Experimental Video

instructor: Michael Johnsen
MAL 102
Monday - Friday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
For ages 14-17
$230 members, $255 non-members
maximum enrollment: 10

Experimental motion picture techniques have expanded our ability to see, both literally and aesthetically; informing narrative cinema, music video, and even documentary practice. Complete three small-group video exercises designed to stimulate a completely outside-the-box video making approach incorporating elements such as video feedback, pattern-making, optical tricks, and repurposed/”obsolete” equipment.
This playful and technically-investigative course is perfect for students who want to experiment with largely under-utilized elements in video production.

Methods in Sound and Music

instructor: Michael Johnsen
MAL 103
Monday - Friday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
For ages 14-17
$230 members, $255 non-members
maximum enrollment: 10

For musicians, videomakers, artists—anyone using sound—this class offers a better understanding of the basic principles of sound and the tools we use to shape it. A non-traditional, unbiased, and playful approach will guide the student through the often hidden world of recording, editing and processing. If you’ve ever wondered why Sonic Youth sounds more like a refrigerator than Missy Elliot does - if you always wanted to listen to your goldfish, re-edit political speeches, make radio plays, or just control feedback - this class will emphasize basic, powerful methods and the creative needs of the student. Small group projects will lead to final performances/recordings.

Puppets + Video

instructors: Beth Nixon
MAL 104
Monday - Friday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
For ages 14-17
$230 members, $255 non-members
maximum enrollment: 10

What is it that puppets can say and do that people can’t? What is it that video production and post-production may add to a puppet performance once it is recorded? Beth Nixon, nationally renowned puppet artist from Philadelphia will team up with the Media Arts Lab to teach puppet video production. Please don’t bring a puppet to the first class--we don’t plan to teach puppets how to make videos; we plan to teach you how to make puppets and then best manipulate them with the medium of video.

Video Improv-O-Rama

instructor: Richard Goulis
MAL 104
Monday - Friday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
For ages 14-17
$230 members, $255 non-members
maximum enrollment: 10

How do humor, improvisational acting, and editing work together to make motion pictures funny? Consider the work of comedians and “mockumentarians” who’ve effectively used video and physical comedy by screening and discussing clips from movies like “Groundhog Day” and the work of comedic television heroes such as Ernie Kovacs, Monty Python and Borat. Through a series of physical improvisational exercises (movement and voice) and working as an ensemble, investigate hilarious approaches to making short videos. Nationally renowned video, installation, performance, improv and puppet artist Richard Goulis is traveling all the way from Providence, RI to work on this special class with video artist T. Foley.

Video Fundamentals

instructor: Michael Johnsen
MAL 101B
Monday - Friday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
For ages 14-17
$230 members, $255 non-members
maximum enrollment: 10

This course takes students through the relevant stages of video production including the aesthetics pertinent to motion picture production such as reading light, principles of composition, planning, shooting, recording audio, editing, and burning a DVD. The focus-project is a completed “photo roman,” a video pairing of still imagery and audio. It may sound easy, but it’s not; the “photo roman” is often an important college and grad school film school assignment where students show off their ability to read light, compose images, work with sophisticated audio tracks and create a compelling story/convey an important idea. The photo roman is to some, an excellent artistic and collaborative exercise by which to stretch such creative muscles for the first time. This class is the perfect foundation course for the other electronic media courses we’ll offer this summer.

Intro to Digital Photography

instructor: Randy Collins
MAL 106
Monday - Friday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
For ages 14-17
$230 members, $255 non-members
maximum enrollment: 6

Get to know digital still cameras! This course will introduce the aesthetic and technical processes relevant to the fundamentals of digital photography. Students will work with digital still cameras, Photoshop, a digital printer and will upload their work to simple photo blogs. Upon departure from the course, students will receive one final digital print and a CD burned with their portfolio work from the class.

Instant Composer Workshop

instructor: Matt Wellins
MAL 106
Monday - Friday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
For ages 11-13
$230 members, $255 non-members
maximum enrollment: 10

Have you ever wanted to compose your own score or conduct your own orchestra? There are many different ways to write music. In this class, you’ll work on inventing your own. We’ll look at a number of tools for composing; in particular, “found” materials like records and cassette tapes, improvisation, rule-based pieces, and chance operations like rolling dice. We’ll consider the effect of pacing, dynamic changes, and how sound travels in a room. Throughout the class, we’ll make instruments, edit digital and analogue source material, and talk about how to most effectively conduct your pieces. You’ll be both composer and musician, having written, performed and recorded new work.

Animation Production

instructor: Josh Tonies
MAL 106
Monday - Friday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
For ages 14-17
$230 members, $255 non-members
maximum enrollment: 10

Learn about the history and varied approaches to making animated movies, partly through screening and discussing the work of animators, but mostly through hands-on projects using traditional animation production aided by Macs and software. Experiment with motion painting and pixilation (the animation of human beings). Spend most of your time working on final collaborative projects that incorporate original soundtracks and will be edited in Final Cut Express.