Film & Media Studies 221 - Foundations in Video Production

Video Production

Emily Drummer

M/W | 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Amherst College

(Offered as ARHA 221 and FAMS 221) This introductory course is designed for students with no prior experience in video production. The aim is both technical and creative. We will begin with the literal foundation of the moving image—the frame—before moving through shot and scene construction, lighting, sound-image concepts, and final edit. In addition to instruction in production equipment and facilities, the course will also explore cinematic form and structure through weekly readings, screenings and discussion. Each student will work on a series of production exercises and a final video assignment.

Limited to 12 students with instructor's permission. Fall 2024 and Spring 2025: Visiting Assistant Professor Drummer. Spring Semester 2025: Professor Levine.

How to handle overenrollment: Priority will be given to FAMS and ARHA majors, then attention will be given to achieving a mix of majors and Five College participation.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Emphasis on technical workshops, artistic practice, group critique, group work and readings of critical material.

Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.