Below are brief descriptions of undergraduate and graduate classes I regularly teach at Temple University:
Fundraising for Independent Media
For the purposes of this class, ‘independent media’ is low budget media work being created outside of the established media industry. This work may take the form of a narrative feature or short, a documentary feature or short, experimental film or video work or web-based media projects. Regardless of concept, style or approach there are strategies every artist can use to raise funds in support of independent media work. However, tapping into the unique aspects of any one media concept will help an artist target promising funding sources that lie outside of established media granting organizations, institutions or foundations. The objective of this course is to help students explore accepted and unique methods and approaches to fundraising for independent media projects.
Exhibition/Distribution of Independent Media
The internet, global marketing and the expansion of cable television are only a few of the latest developments to shake up the established media industry but these same forces have also had an effect on the exhibition and distribution of independent media. This course is designed to offer students a unique insight into independent media exhibition circuits and help students find an audience for their own creative work.
MFA Careers Colloquium
Graduate students interested in seeking careers in the academic field or in the media industry need to begin preparation for the job search process long before graduation. This special topics colloquium is designed to help prepare interested students for teaching careers at the college/university level or production careers in the commercial industry or in non-profit media sectors.
Digital Animation and Compositing
The earliest cave paintings utilized a series of drawings to construct a larger narrative but, unlike still images viewed separately, animation is the apparent act of bringing the inanimate to life through perceived movement. Perhaps it is this magical quality of the creation of ‘life’ that fuels our continued fascination with the art of animation. The objective of this course is to expose students to methods, approaches, and techniques associated with the art of digital animation. Through individual and group efforts the class will explore the technical and aesthetic concerns of a variety of animation techniques while stimulating individual creative impulses.
Experimental Media Workshop
Throughout its history, the practice of experimental video has been directly affected by technological developments. From its links to experimental film, its early life on broadcast television and its current proliferation via the internet- experimental video continues to change and adapt to new technology. Through readings, critique of video examples, discussions about artists and completion of projects students will gain an understanding of the history, influences, trends, and current experimental work being done with video technology. Special emphasis is given to artists and works making use of the internet as an exhibition and distribution outlet.