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Undergraduate Course: Introduction to the Moving Image (LLLA07263)

Course Outline
SchoolCentre for Open Learning CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryAre you interested in experimental video and sound? This course introduces students to the moving image and time-based media, exploring playful and creative ways in which you can create and develop your own ideas and film projects. You will create a short video piece, developing concepts through storyboarding, importing video and sound and working with effects and transitions to edit your final piece.
Course description 1) Academic Description
Introduction to the Moving Image is a course which explores ideas and concepts within film and video. It will develop students technical software skills, enabling them to create work not defined by traditional linear narrative structures. The moving image is an art form which borrows from traditional film and video but also exists independently of both using contemporary concepts to expand ideas of how the moving image can be used.

Week-by-week, students will develop an understanding of creative concepts for the moving image alongside the technical abilities to develop a short video piece.

Discourse around topics such as digital versus celluloid, appropriation in the YouTube age, 'live art' and non-linear narrative will open students up to new ways in which the moving image can be used. Students will also gain the technical language around shooting film and sound and learn the fundamentals of timeline editing, giving them the confidence to plan, shoot, edit and export a project.

2) Outline Content
Students will, throughout the duration of this class, gain competency in several areas of the developing ideas based upon the moving image. Supported through in-class exercises, these will include:

- Introduction to timeline editing
- Adding transitions and visual effects
- Planning, shooting and importing footage taken. Looking at editing techniques and concepts behind a non-linear narrative.
- Using text for narration. Adding titles and credits
- Recording sound, importing, editing and manipulation of sound in the editing process
- Use of time manipulation, speeding up and slowing down time. Using speed ramps and freeze frames
- Basic animation, opacity, overlaying and blending of shots.
- Colour manipulation, concepts for editing colour and how they can influence work.
- Exporting, file types and file compression. Producing something that can exist on various platforms be it online or a hard file.
- Develop and produce a final project between 2-5 minutes suitable for various online platforms

3) Student Learning Experience
The first few weeks of this course focus on specific themes or concepts. Technical demonstrations, supported by contextual references, will form the basis for group discussion and critiques.

Each class will explore a central idea or technical skill, and time will be given to allow students to explore, apply and put into practice the skills learnt. This will be supported through a series of directed study exercises. As the classes progress, the tutor will demonstrate ways in which specific skills or techniques can be achieved via the editing process.

From week seven, students will work on independent projects, developing their concepts and refining their ideas. This will be further underpinned by group critiques and individual formative feedback sessions.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a contextual awareness and critical thinking to support the planning and development of a project.
  2. Demonstrate an applied knowledge in shooting, importing and editing video footage, using appropriate digital video editing effects, transitions and sound.
  3. Show appropriate judgement to create, edit and produce a short 2-5 minute moving image sequence.
Reading List
CONNOLLY, M., 2009. The Place of Artists' Cinema Space, Site and Screen Bristol: Intellect.
ELWES, C., 2005. Video Art: A Guided Tour. London; New York: I.B. Tauris.
FIGGIS, M., 2007. Digital Film-making. London: Faber and Faber.
NEWTON, D., 2007. Digital filmmaking 101: an essential guide to producing low-budget movies. Studio City, CA: Michael Wiese Productions.

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills - Ability to make basic use of Final Cut Pro X
- Ability to make short digital films
- Ability to undertake research and reflective practice and apply these in the context of moving image within visual culture
KeywordsMoving Image,Film,Experimental film,Video Art
Course organiserMr Oliver Reed
Course secretaryMs Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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