MDIA 300 F033: Media Thematic

This theme-based, interdisciplinary media course allows for varying degrees of concentration and hybridity in a variety of media practices, themes and genres. This is a revolving topics course in which individual and collaborative projects enable students to identify appropriate and preferred media practices, and synthesize these approaches using film, digital cinema, audio, on line, web-based, gallery-oriented, interactive, performative modalities and contexts. Thematic topics are offered regularly. Foundational media skills from previous semesters are the basis for innovative and creative risk-taking that embraces specific media processes and expands terrain between media disciplines. Students take concurrent courses that support advanced/ specialized technical/ conceptual proficiencies and explorations. Some of the project work is collaborative, developing students' multidisciplinary, team-working and project management skills. Students are expected to ensure that at least one of their third year core studio experiences involves a solo project. Students continue to refine their critical vocabulary, analytical and technical skills required for preparation for 4th year grad/ capstone year productions. Students will have regular critiques, and a tight timetable in which the projects must evolve from concept to completion. Core Media Thematic options may include: Drama Lab; Political + Social Engagement; Personal Narrative; Media Ontologies; Hybridities; Appropriation/ Mashups/ Pranks; Ecologies.

Each section of this course runs with a different topic. See here.

This course is subject to priority rules; see here.

Course content: 
Topic: Drama Lab

This course focuses on concept development, pre-production and directing dramatic productions and the preparation needed to be able to do so with effectiveness and appropriate personally unique style. Both traditional and unconventional open narrative structures and their applications for film, digital media and immersive experiences will be examined. Dramatic scripts and films will be analyzed and broken down through table read and shot design/staging rehearsal in studio,  their components examined for purpose and intent, character driven structures are to be considered and explored in details; specific focus will be addressed to international and foreigner models and  cinematic pieces, from Asian, African and West and East European cinemas; attention to the musical symphonic approach to script development and directing is also to be explored, with a specific classes and exercises on both a traditional structured Beethoven’s model as compared/opposed to an open-circular Sibelius’s. The impact of sound design, music scoring in terms of style and spotting and the visual color partition to be achieved with grading are also covered during the post-production stages of the process.
Students will implement directing producing concepts in their own films and class exercises aiming at forging their own personal style and related signature.  They will audition and cast their own talent aiming at workshopping one scene of their script during a 2-day Filmmakers-shoot, which builds upon the previous experience of the Instructors’ shoot, as each filmmaker rotates in various positions on set, while the rotating director is be allocated 2 full hours, to first rehearse and thereupon shoot/cover the entire scene. The final dramatic film will further develop from the set staging experience and from the relationship developed with cast actors. Crewing up is to occur within the class and will laid out the groundwork for the sense of community and cooperation for future productions, mainly students’ capstone project at 400 level.


One of FMSA-200, FMSA-210,NMSA-200, or NMSA-210

Course outline
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Additional comments: 
HYBRID course. CC-with MDIA 300 F091.
Instructor information: 
Meeting Information: 
Date / Time Days Room Building
Sep 7-Dec 18
Sep 7-Dec 18
Sep 7-Dec 18