DMA 153 VIDEO Spring 2017


Serge Hoeltschi
Office hours: Room 4256, Monday 12:00 – 1.00pm or by appointment.

Teaching Assistant:

Matt Doyle
Email: Office Hours: by appointment

Time and Location:

Monday and Wednesday 9:00 – 11.50am with a 10 minute break. Broad 4220


The course teaches the fundamental tools of filmmaking in a practical method. This hands-on approach enables and motivates the students to express emotions, and art thru moving images.
A high degree of creative freedom is encouraged, therefore each lesson require a strong personal engagement and self-motivation.

Classes will consist of lectures, demonstrations, practices, visiting guests, corporative projects and group discussions / critique.


Students will complete 3 projects. All projects are evaluated on how well they demonstrate an understanding of the material, as well as their conceptual and aesthetic qualities.
Projects must be completed in order to pass the course. Late assignments will reduce the numeric score of the assignment. Assignments are only considered complete when accessible from the course website.

Attendance is mandatory. Absences require teacher notification and permission. If a student is 3 times late, this will count as an unexcused absence and will affect your grade.
No smart phone use unless class related.

Grading criteria:

Quality of assignments 70%
Class Participation 10%
Engagement and self-motivation 10% Attendance 10%

Project / Assignments:

  1. Visual Storytelling: Create a video that communicates a basic emotion by only using the filmmaking tools as choice of lens, angle and color temperature. (10 to 30 seconds video)

  2. Cinematography: Identify and recreate an excerpt from an existing video / film. Structurally and photographically it stays the same, yet key details change such as actor, wardrobe and production design. (45 seconds to 2 minutes video)

  3. Final short film: Narrative or non-narrative film.
    For the final project students are free to choose any format of moving images to create their own video piece from conception to realization. (1 to 3 minutes video)


  • Week 1
    Introductions and cinematography workshop

  • Week2–3
    Research, conceptualization and realization of Assignment 1

  • Week4–6
    Research, conceptualization and realization of Assignment 2

  • Week7–10

  • Research, conceptualization and realization of Assignment 3