Basics of Visual and Sound Images

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Course TypeCourse CodeNo. Of Credits
Foundation ElectiveSCC2FS2044

Semester and Year Offered: Monsoon

Course Coordinator and Team: RV Ramani

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Pre-requisites: None

Course Objectives/Description:

The course allows an overall development for the students in visual practice, an awareness of its use, applications and its politics. Ideas of representation, expression as deeply in the class and the course is highly motivating to maintain and practice a stream of independent thinking. The Elective, introduces the students to Still Photography aspects of lensing, composition, exposure and to various styles of photography. The students do a series of exercises, which is analysed and discussed in the class. The students then move onto an experience of shot taking in video, and the all the factors that go into taking a shot. Various exercises are given for the students to understand filmmaking as series of shots, sequences and structure. Editing software is introduced and students are taught basic non-linear editing and they will start editing their exercises gradually. Audiography is introduced and students are made to analyze, practice recording appropriate location sound, sync sound shooting, sound design and various factors that go into sound design in films. Towards the end of the course, students will work towards doing a non-fiction and a fiction exercise either as a group exercise or as individual exercise. The design of the course is collective, participatory, experimental and largely evolves through discussions and the specific constitution of the class and the aspirations of the students. MA students from various disciplines in AUD are encouraged to do this course.

Course Outcomes:

  • Produce disciplinary knowledge of filmmaking and film studies through a familiarity with the nuances of photography and the composition of the still image.
  • An ability to make aesthetic choices in one’s visual practice, with an awareness of the politics of representation, bringing about moral and ethical awareness through filmmaking skills and photography skills.
  • Technical and digital competence in image making and editing, enabling digital literacy.
  • Communication skills (visual and sonic) through exercises that sequence and structure footage in order to formulate and express specific ideas in the medium of image and sound.

Brief description of modules/ Main modules:

Module 1 (week 1- week 4):

Introduction to Photography aspects of Composition, exposure, lensing and other parameters in photography and video. The idea of shot, sequence, its perspectives, parameters and characteristic will be discussed in detail with a series of practical exercises, discussions, analysis and also referring various theories and reading materials.

Module 2 (week 5 to 8):

Ideas for fiction and non fiction with small exercises on continuity of time, space, emotion, activity, will be discussed and practiced.

Module (Week 9 to end of semester):

Special sessions with invited experts, screening of films of various genres, planning and execution of project exercises.

Assessment Details with weights:

The assessments will be continuous based on the overall participation and involvement and the growth factor of the students. The course will have a final project exercise which will add to the overall grade.

Reading List:

See description above.