Schedule

August 21: Introductions

  • overview of class syllabus and projects
  • explanation of reading assignments
  • watch Wesch’s “The Machine is Us/ing Us” (online; 4:33)
  • watch Wesch’s “Vision of Students Today” (online; 4:44)
  • watch Bono’s (no, not that one) “What is Multimodal Composing” (online; 1:00)
  • watch Set to Screen‘s “Baz’s Introduction” (podcast; 2:19)
  • BTS assignment: multimodal literacy practices video (tape 30-second interviews of classmates, in small groups to present, no edits, to be embedded in blog next week, after MovieMaker/iMovie intro)
  • creating a blog

August 28: Overview of Multimodal Composition Theory and Practice

read for today:

in class:

  • discuss readings using multimodal techniques (Wordle)
  • compare Watson textual and video CFP (in groups)
  • assignment: import, add titles, export video introductions and embed in blog; practice with student server space

September 4: Reading multimedia

read for today:

in class:

  • discuss readings: what are important elements in a film analysis?
  • watch “Call for Papers” videos on YouTube
  • Zamzar, student server, & MovieMaker tutorial
  • assignment: screenshot analysis (using stills/clips/audio) of one 1-minute video, to be posted on blogs with in-text links to supporting references
  • assignment: test-pattern art show at Gallery

September 11: Writing multimedia

read for today:

in class:

  • procedural stuff: (1) funding (RSO?, Symposium awards), (2) forms (two field-trip releases), and (3) class permission form
  • troubleshooting homework assignment
  • Fair Use discussion (later: permissions for on-camera talent at Watson) with assignment description
  • review The New Work of Composing textual CFP
  • more procedural stuff: using/exchanging cameras; lab times
  • hands-on filming techniques workshop in small groups
  • assignment: 1-minute video CFP for Watson book, posted to blog by 8pm Tuesday
  • assignment: respond to your workshop group’s videos in comments by class-time Thursday.

September 18: Workshopping, Revising, and Planning for (More) Multimedia

read for today:

  • Miles et al, “Violence of Text” (online; intro + 6 web sections)
  • Watson conference website (skim full schedule)
  • watch Set to Screen’s “Location Shooting I and II” (two podcasts; 5:47 and 6:49)
  • Media.LessonBucket’s “The Film Production Process” (online; 3 pp out of 6)

in class:

  • group workshop 1-minute videos
  • revision strategies for 1-minute videos
  • assignment: read around in the Featured Speakers’ works and general Watson schedule (see page to the right).

September 25: Background Research on Multimodal Theory & Scholarship

due today:

  • “read around” (meaning skimmed enough to recognize themes/topics) from the Watson Featured Speakers page (at right) and be ready to discuss how we might form groups for filming at the conference based on those sessions
  • video CFP revision uploaded to YouTube by start of class

read for today:

in class:

  • review Violence of Text (VOT)
  • analyze the purpose and compositional choices in VOT
  • discuss peer review in digital media using above reading heuristics (i.e., what to expect in digital scholarship)
  • discuss major project needs, ideas, far-out possibilities, and group roles
  • assignment: individual project pitch proposal

October 2: Researching, Interviewing, and Scripting

due today:

  • individual project pitch proposal (see Assignments page)
  • screenshot analysis revision (posted to blog)

read for today:

  • watch Ira Glass’s Storytelling #1 (online; 5:24) and #2 (online; 4:02)
  • watch Set to Screen’s “Director of Photography” (6:33) and “Sound Recording” (podcasts)
  • trailers

in class:

  • listen to and discuss pitch proposals
  • choose groups (voting)
  • discuss choosing conference sessions
  • review pre- and post-production roles & choose group roles
  • discuss data collection possibilities/needs & BTS shooting

October 9: Ethics and Planning the Trip

read for today:

  • watch House, Season 4, Episode “Ugly” (online; free player needed; 44:00)
  • read McKee’s “Ethics for New Media Authors” (FIND)
  • watch Set to Screen’s “Costume Design” (podcast; 6:44)

in class:

  • ethical treatment of subjects, informed consent, & permissions
  • discuss collecting and archiving assets during and post-conference
  • finish planning conference attendance, driver- and passenger-responsibilities, attendance requirements, meals

do/due: by 5pm Monday, Oct. 13, provide me a high-grade version of your final, revised video CFP

October 16 — No Class; WATSON CONFERENCE

October 23: Post-Production Planning

read for today:

  • Ira Glass’s Storytelling #3
  • watch Set to Screen’s “Editing” (podcast; t/k)

in class:

  • conference and filming debriefing
  • import & archive/store captured video and audio
  • review and log film; discuss possible themes/storylines
  • storyboarding
  • assignment: storyboard and large-scale edits

October 30: Storyboarding

in class:

  • workshop storyboards
  • discuss group roles & timelines
  • import large-scale edits
  • homework: blog post/reflection; BTS storyboards

November 6: Post-Production Edits

due: BTS group storyboards

in class:

  • BTS storyboard group-workshop
  • listen to On the Media’s “Pulling Back the Curtain” (podcast or 1-2pp transcript; requires Real Audio)
  • Cheryl meets with each group to workshop large-scale edits
  • assignment: small-scale edits; draft of group project proposal; blog post/reflection

November 13: Post-Production & Proposal Submission

  • discuss soundtracks
  • workshop group proposals
  • write collaborative proposal & submit
  • assignment: finish group text; finish draft of BTS

November 20: Final Workshop

  • workshop group texts
  • review BTS texts
  • discuss converging the text’s (to happen after Thanksgiving)
  • assignment: finish major project

November 27 — No Class: Thanksgiving

December 4: Convergence

  • due: final project (playable version distributed on DVD to groupmates)
  • discuss director’s commentary and portfolio summary
  • evaluations

December 11: Portfolio Due

  • Due by 8am Thursday, December 11 (see Assignment page for specifics and turn-in media)

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