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									VSAR 303
Introduction to Video Arts
CSUSM Spring 2008
Instructor: Tony Allard
Time: Monday 1 - 4:50 PM
Location: Arts 340
Office Hours: Monday 12 - 1 PM, Arts 340
Telephone: (contact Linda Smith at X-4137)
Email:antalla@cox.net
TA: Damon Adamo adamo004@csusm.edu
VPA Admin. Asst.: Linda Smith, 760-750-4137, lsmith@csusm.edu
Technician: Chad Huggins; cehuggin@csusm.edu
Technician: Albert Rascon rasco001@csusm.edu
Student Assistant for extra help: Jereme Root, root003@csusm.edu , 10AM - 1PM, Tuesday - Thursday,
Arts 340

Course description:
This is is a beginning level video production course in which you will learn to make videos within the
context of art making. This semester will be divided between production, screenings, readings and
discussion. You will learn how to operate digital video cameras, various forms of digital editing
equipment, lighting, and basic audio recording and mixing. Primary applications you will use are Final
Cut Pro 6 and DVD Studio Pro. A series of technical and conceptual exercises and assignments will
provide the matrix for your course work, equally emphasizing technique and content. You will also
become familiar with historical and contemporary work by video artists.

Course goals:
To gain a basic understanding of video production and post-production
To gain exposure to video art
To produce videos emphasizing form and content equally
To become conversant in the language of video art

Production assignments
Assignments include in-class group projects as well as individual production assignments. I encourage
you to work on individual projects so that you can learn the technology better and develop your own
ideas. However, if you want to work with someone, please be specific as to each person s responsibility in
the project.

Assignment #1: In camera edit, group project
Assignment #2: Appropriation/Culture Jam
Assignment #3: Interview Project (can work in pairs or threes)
Assignment #4: Text and Image

Required Texts
Final Cut Pro 6, Diane Weynand, Apple Pro Training Series. Available at the CSUSM Bookstore. You
will be using this book every class period to complete tutorials.
Online at CSUSM LIbrary--can be used only from csusm connection

VSAR 303, Reader. This reader can be purchased at CopyServe, 754 S. Rancho Santa Fe Rd., San
Marcos. 760-599-9923. CopyServe is on the corner of Rancho Santa Fe and San Marcos Blvd. If you are
traveling west on San Marcos Blvd., cross Rancho Santa Fe, take your first right into the mall, and then



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an immediate left. Purchase your reader immediately, as when they run out it may take a day to have them
bind a new one. They do not take phone orders.

Readings
There are assigned readings pertinent to understanding history, theory and practice of video art. We will
discuss the readings in class and screen relevant work. There are also technical reading assignments
followed by quizzes. The quizzes are based on the reading and on demos.

Homework
Video production is labor intensive. This class requires homework outside of class time in production,
reading and preparation for discussion. Lab time will mostly be dedicated to completing the Final Cut Pro
6 Tutorials, with some class time for working on your projects. However, you will need to dedicate time
outside of class to complete production assignments. A good rule of thumb is that for each minute of
completed video, it takes about four hours of editing. The video lab is open 24/7 by calling security at
x4567 (you will be on an access list).

Research
Everyone will complete a research/writing assignment and presentation based on "Surveying the First
Decade", a multi-part history of video art in the U.S. Research paper should be approximately 5 pages.
Presentation approximately 10:00.

Assignment: "Surveying the First Decade", videotapes and workbook; available at the Media Library, 2nd
Floor of Kellogg Library. Choose one video (not an entire reel) from this collection you would like to
research and present a clip to the class. Write a five-page paper exploring this video in its historical,
theoretical, aesthetic, or technical context using at least three sources for your research. Include
bibliography. You must use at least five citations total from VSAR 303 Reader, books on video/film in
the library, and online references at the Experimental Television Center, Video History Project,
http://www.experimentaltvcenter.org/history/index.html You cannot use all online resources.

Plagiarism
Information on what constitutes plagiarism can be found
at:http://www.csusm.edu/student_affairs/Policies/academic_honesty.htm
and the consequences at www.csusm.edu/student_affairs/DOS/Academic_HonestyNov2006%20(3).doc

Grading
Your grade is based on total participation in the class including completing and discussing readings,
attending required events, finishing assignments, working with groups, and helping to care for the
equipment and lab. Each assignment will be given a letter grade. For production assignments, I will grade
equally on form, content and creativity.

60 % production assignments (form/technical; content; creativity)
20% reading/research/quizzes
20 % attendance and participation

Attendance is taken at the beginning of class (lab) with a sign in sheet. This is my only record of your
attendance; so don't forget to sign in. Four missed classes constitutes a failing grade. Leaving class early
without permission or not attending lab constitutes half a missed class.

Checkout of Production Equipment :: Checkout Policies
Please read and review checkout policy. Checkout hours are posted in checkout, Arts 239. A complete list
of checkout items is available at Checkout. You are responsible for any damage or loss of equipment. Do


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not keep equipment in your car. Do not keep it in hot or dusty areas. Always check your equipment
when checking it out to make sure it works and has all of the parts you are signing for. You are
responsible for everything you sign for. If a piece of equipment is damaged, tell us immediately so we can
fix it. DO NOT RETURN EQUIPMENT WHICH SEEMS TO BE IN DISREPAIR. PLEASE INFORM
CHECKOUT UPON RETURN. I am providing trouble reports for you to fill out if you encounter
problems with checkout equipment--give these to checkout when you return equipment if there is a
problem. Trouble reports for problems with editing workstations must be filled out and left at the
workstation.

Remember, if you do not report broken equipment or problems at the workstations, it will come back to
bite you or your classmate.

Supplies to purchase
3 x 60 minutes MiniDV tapes minimum
DVD-R, several
Highly recommended: Headphones (about $20 dollars)-headphones should be of the enclosed kind
Most of these supplies can be purchased at Frys, Circuit City, and San Diego Audio Video.

Arts Events:

The VPA Department and Communication offer many arts and film events which have been carefully
programmed to benefit students. Although not all of these events are during this class time, I encourage
you to go as many as possible. You are required to attend one of the events which are listed on this
schedule (besides the one which is scheduled in class). A one page response is due after you participate in
the event.

The Arts and Lectures website is: http://al.csusm.edu/A&L/index.php

The VPA department events: http://www.csusm.edu/vpa/events.html

Visiting Mediamaker's Series

VPA listserv : if you are a student in the VPA department, you are automatically on the listserv. I send
out frequent calls for interns, production job announcements, film screenings, and competitions. This is
sent to your college email. If you are not a vpa student, I will send info to you through your college email
if you would like.




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 VSAR 303
Introduction to Video Arts
CSUSM Spring 2008


Week to Week Schedule
This schedule is subject to change. I will notify you of changes in advance. If you do not attend class, it is
your responsibility to find out if changes to the schedule were made. Productions assignments are given
prior to the date they are due, and due dates are listed on the syllabus. Research assignments and reading
assignments are listed on the dates they are due.

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Week 1
Monday January 28th
Introduction to the class
> Brief Introduction to class
> Syllabus and week-to-week Schedule
> Lab Rules & Checkout procedures
> Skills Survey
> Brief screening of a selected work of video art
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Week 2
Monday February 4th

> Introduction to FCP
> Install FCP Tutorial media
> Introduction to DV Cameras, Timecode, Tripods
> Brief discussion on reading, Film/Video Language Review
> In class project, in camera edit exercise
> FCP Tutorial

Introduction to FCP

Install FCP Tutorial media
> In the back of your Final Cut Pro 6 Tutorials book, you will find a DVD from which you will download
the Lesson Files media to your folder on the VSAR 303 Partition. You will save all your work on the
Tutorials to this folder.

Introduction to DV Cameras, Timecode, Tripods
> Demonstration of DV Cameras, Timecode, and Tripods

Brief discussion on reading,Film/Video Language Review
> Screenings: Eames, "Tops"

In class project
> Go over cameras and tripods in groups
Assignment #1 In Camera Edit Exercise
Shoot material paying attention to timecode and timecode breaks and shot composition. BRING MINI
DV TAPE. Do all editing in camera. In this assignment you will be using shot composition to create a


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portrait of a place, object or person. These are your requirements: 1. Video must have no more than 15
shots, 2. Must be edited in camera (you can capture and edit another version if you want) 3. Must include
at least 1 macro shot, 1 extreme close up, 1 change of focus (rack focus), 1 wide shot, 1 pan, 1 tilt, 1
tracking shot, 1 zoom, 1 dutch angle. Create a simple story board before shooting to develop shot order. 4.
Sound must be diegetic (no sound not present in the scene) 5. Must have unbroken timecode.

FCP Tutorial
> Lesson 1: Screening and Marking in the Final Cut Pro Interface

Reading Assignment due : VSAR 303 Reader:
> Low Budget Video Bible , Camcorder Basics (Chapt. 3)
> All in Good Timecode Broadcast Technology Worktext, Timecode
> FILM/VIDEO LANGUAGE REVIEW Editing Techniques with FCP, CHPTS 1 & 2

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Week 3
Monday February 11th

> Show work from last week if we already haven’t done so.
> Demo: Introduction to editing techniques and technology
> FCP Tutorials
> Introduction to Montage, Appropriation and Culture Jamming
> Discussion of montage and Eisenstein article
> Introduction to Assignment #2: Appropriation and Culture Jamming
> Screenings

Show work from last week if we already haven’t done so.

Demo: Introduction to editing techniques and technology
> preparing appropriated imagery for editing: 1) Importing media 2) Dubbing & converting
  --hand out and demo

FCP Tutorial:
> Lesson 2: Editing Clips to the Timeline
> Time permitting, Lesson 8: Capturing Footage (use the footage you just shot). Note: You may be
required to finish Lesson 8 outside of class.

Introduction to Montage, Appropriation and Culture Jamming

Discussion of montage and Eisenstein article

Introduction to Assignment #2: Appropriation and Culture Jamming
In this assignment, you will use appropriated footage, that is footage from other sources such as TV, film,
web, home movies, etc. You are asked to capture and re-edit the images to give them a new meaning in a
different context. You can add your own footage to it. The goal is to take footage with a pre-existing
meaning and use, and repurpose it to create a critical, humorous or personal video. Length:
approximately 1-3 minutes. You can use sync sound, sound you create, music, or silence.

Screening: Dara Birmbaum, Technology Transformation, Wonder Woman; Dan Reeves, Mosaic for the
Kali Yuga; Unknown White Male footage



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Reading assignment due, VSAR 303 Reader:
> Sergei Eisenstein, Film Form, "The Cinematographic Principle and The Ideogram"; Prepare for
discussion
> VSAR 303 Reader: Low Budget Video Bible, The DV and Mini DV format (Chapt. 12)

NOTE:
We will have a rare opportunity to hear from one of the earliest Video Art collectives, Paper Tiger
Television. PTTV is being brought to Cal State through the VISITING MEDIAMAKER SERIES. You
are required to attend their talk on Tuesday, February 12, at 3pm, in Arts 101. You will also be required to
write a 300 word response paper to PTTV's presentation.

SPRING 2008 VISITING MEDIAMAKER SERIES
 PAPER TIGER READS PAPER TIGER TELEVISIONTuesday, February 12, 3pm, Arts 101A new
documentary on Art, Activism and Analysis. Smashing the myths of the information industry for 25
years! An early innovator in video art and public access television, PTTV developed a unique aesthetic
that experimented with the television medium combining art, academics, politics, performance and live
television.

Funded by the IRA Visiting Mediamaker Series, presented by Visual and Performing Arts and
Communication Departments.

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Week 4
Monday February 18th

> FCP Tutorials
> Quizzes
> Demo: Outputting to tape and iDVD
> Discussion on readings: Appropriation and Culture Jamming
> Screening

FCP Tutorial:
> Lesson 3: Finishing the Rough Cut

Quizzes:
1) Camera Basics (written quiz on reading)
2) FCP Hands on Quiz The hands on quiz will be given by the student assisant and instructor while you
are doing lesson 3. If you are finished with lesson 3, work on Assignment #2: Appropriation and Culture
Jam; bring footage to work on in class.

Demo: Outputting to tape and iDVD

Discussion on reading assignment due, VSAR 303 Reader
> Culture Jamming: Hacking, Slashing and Sniping from the Empire of Signs, Mark Dery
> Be prepared to discuss this chapter

Screening:
> Media Burn, Ant Farm; Sonic Outlaws, Craig Baldwin
> Some links to culture jamming examples

Reading assignment due, VSAR 303 Reader


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> Culture Jamming: Hacking, Slashing and Sniping from the Empire of Signs, Mark Dery

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Week 5
Monday February 25th

> FCP Tutorial
> Screening of Assignment 2

FCP Tutorial:
> Lesson 4 Trimming to Refine Clip Duration

Assignment #2 Due for screening.
> Have video ready to show at 2 pm.
> Must be on tape or DVD. Put on class reel for credit.


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Week 6
Monday March 3rd

> In-class workshop on Microphones, Recording Audio, and Lighting
> Assignment #3 Introduced
> Screening
> FCP Tutorial
> Introduction of Research Projects

In-class Workshop:
Introduction to Microphones, Recording Audio, and Lighting
> In-class workshop and demo using mics, cables, connectors, lighting equipment and cameras. In this
class, you will work in groups to set, light, and shoot an interview. We will look at these at the end of
class for critique. Bring video tape.

Assignment #3 Introduced:
The Interview Project
The Interview. In this assignment, you continue to build on your shooting and editing skills, learning how
to use lighting and microphones. Choosing your interview subjects and your topic is very important to the
success of your video. Think of a compelling topic, and also a subject who is interesting on camera. You
can work in groups (no> more than 3 to a group) or as individuals. Decide on an interview subject(s) and
begin to make plans to interview the subject including, making a site visit, compiling a list of equipment
needed, reserving equipment ahead, making a list of questions. This video can be a traditional
documentary style interview, or you can use the interview to create an experimental video.
> Interview Genres: Talking Head, Verite, Experimental; Guerilla TV If you need a release for
interviewing your subjects, download here.

Screening:
> Stanley, Steven Matheson; Twilight, Anna Deveare Smith (excerpts) ; Thin Blue Line, Errol Morris

FCP Tutorial:
> Lesson 5: Trimming and Adjusting Two Edit Points



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Introduction of Research Projects
Everyone will complete a research/writing assignment and presentation based on "Surveying the First
Decade", a multi-part history of video art in the U.S. Research paper should be approximately 5 pages.
Presentation approximately 10:00.Assignment: "Surveying the First Decade", videotapes and workbook;
available at the Media Library, 2nd Floor of Kellogg Library. Choose one video (not an entire reel) from
this collection you would like to research and present a clip to the class. Write a five-page paper exploring
this video in its historical, theoretical, aesthetic, or technical context using at least three sources for your
research. Include bibliography. You must use at least five citations from VSAR 303 Reader, books on
video/film in the library, and online references at the Experimental Television Center, Video History
Project, http://www.experimentaltvcenter.org/history/index.html

Reading Assignment due, VSAR 303 Reader:
> Audio and Lighting Sound Reasoning: Recording Stereo Sound Low Budget Video Bible, Audio Basics
(Chapter 21)
> Microphones
> Lighting for Television and Film, "The Principles of Lighting"

NOTE: In preparation for our visiting artist next week, you will need to visit her site, Deborah Aschheim,
and become familiar with her work. Deborah will be presenting a video workshop starting at 2:30 PM and
will go until the end of class. More information on Aschheim's workshop will be posted.

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Week 7
Monday March 10th

> FCP Tutorial
> Visiting Artist, Deborah Aschheim

FCP Tutorial:
> Lesson 6: Refining the Editing Process
> Lesson 7: Other Editing Options

Short Break

Visiting Artist
Deborah Aschheim, will be presenting a video workshop starting at 2:30 PM and will go until the end of
class.

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Week 8
Monday March 17tt

> FCP Tutorials
> Introduction to Video Art History, Theory and Aesthetics

FCP Tutorial:
Lesson 9: Applying Transitions
Lesson 10: Mixing Audio Tracks

Introduction to Video Art History, Theory and Aesthetics



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> I will screen a group of works which explore some of the historical and contemporary trends in video
art. We will also discuss the differences and similarities video has to film and new media. Be prepared to
discuss the reading and the videos we watch in class.

Reading Assignment due, VSAR 303 Reader:
Video as Time, Space and Motion , pgs. 93-151 (From Digital Currents, Art in the Electronic Age)

BE PREPARED to work on your project today in class time permitting. Bring footage you have shot. If
you finish with FCP tutorials early, work on project in class. This is a god time for me to help you with
your work.

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Week 9
Monday March 24th

Assignment #3 due: The Interview Project
> Be prepared to show your work in class--have it burned on DVD or output to tape at the beginning of
class. Put on class reel for credit.

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Week 10
Spring Break
March 31st - April 5th

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Week 11
Monday April 7th

> FCP Tutorial
> Research Presentations and papers due: Surveying the First Decade

FCP Tutorial:
Lesson 11: Creating Titles

Research Presentations and papers due: Surveying the First Decade
> I will have your date assigned in advance of presentation. (Click here for list of presenters for each day)
TBA
Everyone will complete a research/writing assignment and presentation based on "Surveying the First
Decade", a multi-part history of video art in the U.S. Research paper should be approximately 5 pages.
Presentation approximately 10:00.Assignment: "Surveying the First Decade", videotapes and workbook;
available at the Media Library, 2nd Floor of Kellogg Library. Choose one video (not an entire reel) from
this collection you would like to research and present a clip to the class. Write a five-page paper exploring
this video in its historical, theoretical, aesthetic, or technical context using at least three sources for your
research. Include bibliography. You must use at least five citations from VSAR 303 Reader, books on
video/film in the library, and online references at the Experimental Television Center, Video History
Project, http://www.experimentaltvcenter.org/history/index.html

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Week 12
Monday April 14th


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> Research Presentations and papers due: Surveying the First Decade
> Assignment #4 Introduced: Text and Image
> Overview of Live Type

Research Presentations and papers due: Surveying the First Decade.
> I will have your date assigned in advance of presentation. (Click here for list of presenters for each day)
TBA

Assignment #4: Text and Image
In this assignment you will be working with text and image as creative, experimental, poetic, humorous or
political elements. Choose or write a piece of text which you like. This can be a poem, words you see on
signs, scraps of paper, texts from books, or anything else that inspires you. Combine text and image in
ways which are compliment or contradict each other. Words can be abstract and flow into the image, or
they can be large and graphic explicitly modify the image. Use the tools of filters, motion, titles and
graphics to be as creative as possible. Due May 5th.

Overview of Live Type

NOTE: If you want to submit to the end of year CSUSM Student Video Festival, it is due May
_________ in the Video Checkout by 5pm. Submission form here.

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Week 13
Monday April 21st

> FCP Tutorial
> Hands On Quiz Today
> Screening

FCP Tutorial:
> Lesson 14: Finishing and Outputting

Screening: Text and Image videos; Tom Kalin, Elizabeth Subrin, Diekman, Allard

Hands On Quiz
HANDS ON QUIZ TODAY!!! DOWNLOAD.
While you are working on your work, you will be given a final hands on quiz. The student assistant will
give the quiz as I oversee it, and I will also give you each feedback and help with your work individually.
BRING YOUR VIDEOS TO WORK IN CLASS.

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Week 14
Monday April 28th

Work time in class
> Bring work to work on in class on Assignment #4

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Week 15
Monday May 5th


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Assignment #4 due, Text and Image:
> Prepare to show your work in class today. (half the class will screen their work today)
> Click to see your SCREENING DATE (TBA)

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Week 16
Monday May 12th

Assignment #4 due, Text and Image:
> Prepare to show your work in class today. (half the class will screen their work today)
> Click to see your SCREENING DATE (TBA)

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Thanks for your interest in the art of video.
Onward




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