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Short Film Production

Make Short Movies! Exploring visual/aural aesthetics and the technical components of media production

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Through hand-on exercises, demonstrations, lectures, readings, and project presentations students will examine the relationships between audio, video, photography, and digital media within the intersectional context of media creation. Specifically, this course will provide students the opportunity to explore the production of electronic sound and image. The course has an emphasis on video field production, but will include a variety of fundamental aesthetic strategies, including framing, composition and articulation with light and acoustics through the production of digital video and sound exercises. Students will create a final project that establishes a foundation for a basic video production coursework. Emphasis will be placed on individual and collaborative work, pre-production, production and post-production techniques as well as the development of conceptual approaches necessary for students to effectively communicate their vision and message. All of the assignments will make great additions to the students’ portfolios for their future college and internship applications.

This course is for anyone - with or without any experience in video production - who wants to learn visual and aural aesthetics and technical concepts of media production, in order to produce professional short videos with a digital camera in any preferred genre (narrative, documentary, experimental and music video.)

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Sessions Offered

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Format

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This class is meant to be immersive and students will experience:

  • A basic foundation of visual and aural aesthetics for the process of media production
  • Hands on skills with industry-standard film and audio equipment
  • Understand the process of pre-production, production and post-production for creating a media project
  • Develop and explore a critical perspective on various approaches and the underlying technical concepts for time based media
  • Develop basic skills in planning, lighting, shooting and editing video
  • Develop an understanding of the proper media production terminology
  • Challenge and expand your creative abilities through assigned projects
  • Learn to work collaboratively within a creative process

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Meet the Professor


 

Tanju Ozdemir is a Turkish filmmaker who writes and directs films that study the complexities of human relationships, dreams, memories and the contemporary experiences of life. Tanju received his M.F.A. in Film and Media Art from Emerson College (USA) in 2017.

He teaches film and video production courses as an assistant professor in the Digital Media & Design department at the University of Connecticut. He actively continues writing, directing and producing his films.

Please see his UConn Faculty page here!

Tanju Ozdemir’s Website: www.tanjuozdemir.com

Professor Ozdemir

VR and Video Game Design – S3 & S4 WAITLIST

Come Game Jam with us and make your ideas come to life, and share with your friends!

If you play games, chances are you've thought about creating them yourself. So come in and create a game from scratch using industry-standard tools and see if you like it! There are careers in art, programming, design, and business in the video game industry, which is bigger than the music, sports, or movie industry and is currently seeing huge growth in sales as entertainment focuses on esports and home entertainment.

By the end of this course, you will have created a virtual reality game as a portfolio piece for your future college applications and get feedback on your search. If you have a portfolio already, awesome! if you're just getting started and are thinking "OMG where do I even start?," that's ok, we can help get you on the right track. Whether it's finding opportunities at video game companies that are looking for play-testers or making a series of game prototypes, let's figure it out together!

In this course, students will be able to:

  • Produce a video game prototype
  • Analyze a video game and understand terminology applied in the gaming world
  • Explain a list of general functions and elements which make up a video game
  • Achieve familiarity with the principles, terminology, procedures, and practices of game design and production
  • Provide peer assessments and constructive feedback to fellow students
  • Design the game mechanics for a video game
  • Design and map level progression for a video game

UConn PCS: Video Game Design

Sessions Offered

Session 3: July 24 - July 30

Session 4: July 31 - August 6

Format

On-Campus, In-Person

This class is meant to be immersive and students will experience:

  • Did you know that Flappy Bird was made in a couple of days? There are games that are beautiful, games that are fun, and games that make you want to scream. Our job is to enable you to develop your own "Work of Game" and focus on something you would want to play yourself.
  • The game industry is huge! We find out what companies and career paths exist in the industry by investigating portfolios from developers of Halo, Assassins Creed, and Call of Duty. We also take a look at portfolios from students graduating with a 4-year degree, so that you can find a benchmark for "what you'll need to be able to learn"
  • You can't make something if you don't understand it! Part of a Game Designer's job is to examine games critically, so we will play some short web games and analyze their content.

UConn PCS: Video Game Design

UConn PCS: Video Game Design

UConn PCS: Video Game Design

Meet the Professor


 

Professor Kenneth Thompson

Ken worked in the game industry for eight years as a Game Designer and Lead Designer before coming to the University of Connecticut. His responsibilities included directing game projects from start to finish, programming unique scenarios using game development tools, and working with publishers such as SEGA, Electronic Arts, and Activision. He has worked with Blockbuster franchises such as Iron Man, Spider-Man, Captain America, Madagascar, Shrek, and over a dozen others. His work in the video game industry has received Nickelodeon’s Kids Choice Award for best video game, Indie Game of the Year, and Innovation Awards from industry publications. He now works on serious and entertainment games with grants through the National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and The National Institute of Health.

 

Ken Thompson’s Faculty Page: https://dmd.uconn.edu/person/kenneth-thompson/

And website: http://gamedevprofessor.com/

 

Professor Thompson

Digital Animation & Motion Graphics – WAITLIST

Examining the Complexities of Today's Multimedia Productions

Combining design, technology and the ever-expanding media, our Digital Animation and Motion Graphic course gives students the opportunity to dive into the complex world of multimedia production. This class aims to provide students with the conceptual and practical tools to understand the diverse range of time-based media that have come to be known as motion graphics and digital animation and create their own animated works for their portfolios!

Throughout the course, students will create visual effects and animated 2D/3D graphics for television, film, web, and other types of multimedia productions using Adobe After Effects in conjunction with Illustrator, Photoshop, and Premiere Pro. The course will involve in-class demos, technical exercise projects to practice applying techniques covered in class, and a self-proposed final project.

Throughout the course, students will create visual effects and animated graphics for television, film, web, and other types of multimedia productions using:

  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Premiere Pro

By the end of this course, the student will:

  • Have an understanding of commercial motion graphics and animation production and film process
  • Develop current industry skills and techniques including Adobe software
  • Be able to create basic motion graphics and animations based on stories and infographics

Sessions Offered

 Session 1: July 10 - July 16

Format

On-Campus, In-Person

Related Courses

Video Game Design

This class is meant to be immersive and students will experience:

  • Activities that will help communicate and tell stories through motion, art, and design for games, films, and the web.
  • Engage with areas related to the games, motion graphics, concept art, animation, modeling, and visual effects industries.
  • Learn real-world skills from leading designers, artists, and entrepreneurs.
  • The primary goal is to create problem solvers who strike a balance between traditional art and technology, and between individual vision and teamwork. With a fundamental understanding of digital tools and their creative applications, graduates meet the demands of a diverse and expanding job market in visual storytelling.

UConn PCS: Digital Media

UConn PCS: Digital Animation & Motion Graphics

UConn PCS: Digital Animation & Motion Graphics

Meet the Professor


 

Heejoo Gwen Kim works as an experimental mixed-media filmmaker, new media artist, and educator currently creating projects focusing on social issues, such as microaggressions, feminism, elder abuse, and human trafficking in experimental narrative film structures. She holds MFA degrees from The School of Art Institute of Chicago (Film, Video, New Media and Animation) and The University of Illinois at Chicago (New Media Arts) and BFA degrees from The School of Art Institute of Chicago (Art and Technology Studies) and Hongik University (Painting and Drawing).

Her films and installations have been internationally presented at festivals and galleries in Germany, UK, Lebanon, Mexico, Bulgaria, Turkey, France, Philippine, India, Latvia, Canada, Korea, Italy, Ecuador, and throughout the United States. Her films have received awards including Best Animation, Best Experimental Film, and Best of Show at several international film festivals. She had been a director, curator, an adjudicator for International Animation + New Media Art festivals, conferences, and shows.

Currently she is teaching at University of Connecticut. She previously taught at The University of Montana in Media Arts, The School of Art Institute of Chicago in Art and Technology Studies, Bowling Green State University in Digital Art, and Columbia College Chicago in Interactive Arts and Media.

Heejoo Kim’s website: https://heejoogwenkim.com/

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Animation Studio – WAITLIST

Live Life Animated - Learn the Basics of Animations

In this course, students will gain an understanding of the “tricks of the trade,” storyboard development and character development. The class will also dig into contemporary topics such as collaborative storytelling and navigating multiple animation techniques within a single production. This will offer insight to the process used by professional studio animators.

The goal of this course is to empower students to make animations and then transfer that skill set to make their own animations own using limited materials and technology. Students learn how to make animations on their smart phones using different applications. This content can easily translate to portfolio materials for college applications. This is a great class for students who are curious about studying art, illustration or animation at the college level. No previous animation experience is required!

Sessions Offered

Session 2: July 17 – July 23

Format

On Campus, In Person

This class is meant to be immersive and students will experience:

  • Learn fundamentals of animation
  • Learn storyboard and character development
  • Experience "world building"
  • Create material for college application portfolio
  • Feel what it is like to take a college art class
  • Develop the ability to create animations with limited materials and technology
  • Leave with a framed piece of art work

UConn PCS: Animation

UConn PCS: Animation

UConn PCS: Animation

Meet the Professor


 

John O’Donnell a new media artist who uses a variety of mediums to convey a variety of messages. His current project is the creation of the TurtleDog franchise which is an immersive transmedia project that includes animation, comics, action figures, tape cassettes and 8-bit game design. His practice as a new media artist addresses artifice and nostalgia through representation through video, installation and performance. Ultimately, he is a studio artist compelled to create images that locate an ambiguous degree of resolution through applied awareness of content and form.

John has created performance and installation pieces for Blue House Arts, Dayton, OH, Glass Box Gallery, Seattle WA, New Britain Museum of American Art, Museum of New Art in Detroit, MI, Proof Gallery in Boston, MA, FluxSpace in Philadelphia, PA and SOHO20 Gallery in New York, NY. He has exhibited his prints at the Print Center in Philadelphia, the International Print Center in New York and Seoul Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea. His videos have been exhibited at the Chelsea Art Museum in New York and at film festivals in Boston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Moscow and Saint Petersburg, Russia.

John O'Donnell's website: https://www.johnodonnellprojects.com/

NYT Article about his work: Domestic Discombobulation in an Odd Kitchen

John O'Donnell

Creative Writing – WAITLIST

Learn to write with voice, choice, and creativity!

Students (and educators) too often regard the essay as merely an instrument of assessing learning, but the essay has a rich history as a creative genre.  In this course we will approach the essay as the creative, dynamic, imaginative literary form that it actually is.  Your approach to writing essays will not be the same and you'll never go back to the five paragraph essay again!

You will leave this course with a very different and improved understanding of the essay, and you will be better writers. The essays you write in the future may challenge some of your teachers’ more conventional expectations, but they will be better, more interesting, and more like the real writing professional essayists actually create. Your professors in college will be grateful.

Sessions Offered

Session 4: July 31 - August 6

Format

On Campus, In Person

This class is meant to be immersive and students will experience:

  • Students will become better writers, more independent, more creative, and more original.
  • Students will choose topics of interest, explore genres of writing, develop their own voice, and write!
  • Learn a little bit about the history of the essay as a literary genre.
  • Read a variety of essays form a variety of essayists.
  • Experiment with writing different kinds of essays, such as personal essays, op-eds, commentaries, and rants.
  • Share writing with one another both for revision and entertainment.
  • Play around with some multimodal forms of composition.

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Meet the Professor


 

Dr. Jason Courtmanche is a former high school English teacher who became an English college professor. He works primarily with undergraduates who want to be high school English teachers but also works with high school English teachers who teach the UConn Early College Experience course. If you are a student in Connecticut, there is a good chance that Jason taught one or more of your English teachers. He has won several teaching awards and has published academic essays, personal essay, poetry, and the rare work of fiction. He runs the Connecticut Student Writers contest, Letters About Literature, and the Scholastic Writing Awards. If you want to know more about what he does, check out his blog, The Write Space.

Connecticut Writing Project
UConn Early College Experience English course

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