Syllabus


Instructor: Nova Jiang
Email: messagenova@gmail.com
Class Location: BROAD 4220
Class Time: Tu. Th. 9:00AM- 11:50AM
Office: BROAD 3224
Office Hours: Tu. Th. 1:00PM – 2:00PM

TA: Rui Hu
Email: ruihu@ucla.edu
Office Hour: Thursday 3-4pm, MARS Library (Room 3246)

Course Description
Studio, six hours; outside study, nine hours. Preparation: completion of preparation for major courses. Use of video technology (video systems, cameras, displays, editing, and storage) to integrate image, sound, time, and motion. Emphasis on expression, continuity, and sequential patterns for video communication. P/NP or letter grading.

Class goals:
The class encourages in-depth exploration of the students’ personal interests through a series of mini assignments focusing on risk-taking and self-discovery. Divided into technical modules, the class also aims to build essential skills in video making such as lighting and sound. By promoting learning through making, these assignments will lead to the completion of an ambitious final project which uniquely reflects each student’s worldview.

Students will learn to look analytically at each other’s work as well as the work of video makers they find inspiring. During the class, students will be encouraged to develop effective creative strategies. By practicing production methods based on iteration and detailed planning, students can realize ambitious projects without sacrificing quality. The class will also encourage students to form a supportive network of mutual learning and feedback, building skill sets essential to achieving creative independence.

Guidelines:
Attendance:
Attendance is mandatory. Absences require instructor and TA notification and permission. Absences caused by emergency or illness are excusable with verification (e.g. a doctor’s note). If a student is more than 15 minutes late they will be marked as having an unexcused absence. Two unexcused absences will result in one full grade letter down (A+ to B+).

Other:
Social media use other than production organization and project promotion is not allowed. Students presenting material which could be offensive to other students (such as footage which contains graphic violence) should discuss their intention with the instructor beforehand.