Visions of Light / Oscar for Best Cinematography

Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography. The film covers the art of cinematography from the conception of cinema to about 1990.

In class we viewed the documentary Visions of Light. What qualities of light and camerawork are you most drawn to in the films of the past? Name a movie and a director of photography whose work is discussed in Visions of Light. What qualities in their work inspire you? How might you attempt a similar visual look in a short film you want to make?

Each year the Academy Awards gives an oscar for Best Cinematography. What film would you have awarded that honor this year? What visual qualities (light, color, camera shots and angles, motion and effects) are you most excited about in recent films? What current director of photography would you want to learn more about? (Name of DOP and URL links to your favorite films by this cinematographer).
Post your short response to the blog comments here by Friday.

Creativity in Motion / CHOICES

Please post a link to your finished video for this project to the comments here. Include a short reflection (~200 words) about how you approached the project and don’t forget to include your full name and working link to the video.

Project 2: Creativity in Motion / CHOICES

Choice # 1: PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST Select a specific subject within School of Fine Arts (student or faculty member). Shoot a montage portrait of your artist at work, capturing specific activities and tools used in their creative process. You are in charge of scheduling with your subject, getting release form. Plan for best location, lighting, and camera / equipment. Use a tripod (or other rig) to capture a variety of steady shots and controlled camera movements. Light your subject deliberately. Edit to 1 minute with simple sound or music. Upload to vimeo.

Choice # 2: DETESTABLE MADNESS Participate in a crowd-sourced video project for Detestable Madness. TO Do this project you must Sign up to attend the preview performance ( Wednesday, March 11 at 7:30 in the Dudley theatre) AND one performance of UMD Theatre show. Use mobile phone / handheld camera to capture video. Share raw footage with Megan R. Edit your own montage to 1 minute that captures intensity of performance with a variety of audience point-of-view shots.
SIGN UP to attend the preview on Wed March 11 in UMD Dudley Experimental Theatre
March 12-14 & 24-28, 2015 @ 7:30 pm / or March 29, 2015 @ 2 pm
Detestable Madness uses modern dance, pop music, and puppetry to bring to life stories of female strength, struggle, and sacrifice. This original collaboration based on the 1000 year-old plays written by Hrotsvit of Gandersheim and explores universal themes. Detestable Madness is adapted by Jenna Soleo-Shanks and the cast.

Choice # 3: MASH DASH! In this alternate version of the MashTash project… Attend Moustache Run on March 7. Capture video using a range of shot types and camera motion. Use both handheld and tripod on location. Remix video with other video from Mash Stash. Edit 2 versions / 30 sec and 60 sec spots that capture the spirit of the event in a creative way. Possibly, include work with an actor to build in a fictional character. Upload to Youtube and link 30 sec spot to the MASHTASH map. Upload 60 sec spot to Vimeo.

Blog Assignment : 5 Short Films

What makes a good short film? What types of stories and characters can be captured in this short format?

Please view at least 5 Short Films over the next month and take notes using the format below. Find quality short films… like Oscar Nominated Shorts, and other award winning short films. View others you find on the web. Be selective. Join Vimeo to help you start a list of your favorites. If possible, find works that relate somehow to your own creative work, as inspiration for a technique or look you hope to achieve. Try to use films that are longer than one minute and shorter than 15 minutes (though the definition of a short film may vary).

Make notes on your favorite shorts, type your reflection and post to the blog once you have viewed 5 shorts. Your blog must note all of this info for each film (some of this info can be found online and pasted into your reflection):

Run time:
Link to the film : (URL of website, dvd, tv or movie theatre)
Story Synopsis:
Visual strengths:
Use of Light / Color:
Digital techniques:
Use of Sound / Music:

OVER THE NEXT MONTH, YOU SHOULD PLAN TO VIEW MANY SHORT FILMS and PICK YOUR FAVORITE 5 shorts TO BLOG ABOUT. IF you made it to the Oscar Nominated Shorts, you can include your favorites in your list. If you missed the Zinema screenings, please check out some shorts from the library and watch on DVD. There are also links to many collections of short films on the class blog:

See links to Short films…

Go See These at Zinema!

Zinema 2- twin arthouse cinema
Opening February 6th: Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Live Action & Animation

This year’s Oscar nominated short films make their way to the Zinema next Friday! The Animated and Live Action shorts will run all week, with the Documentary shorts having a one-time only showing at 2pm on Sunday, Feb 8th.

Live Action: Parvaneh – 25 minutes / Boogaloo and Graham – 14 minutes / Aya – 39 minutes / The Phone Call – 21 minutes / Butter Lamp – 15 minutes

Animation: Me and My Moulton – 14 minutes / Feast – 6 minutes / The Bigger Picture – 7 minutes / A Single Life – 2 minutes / The Dam Keeper – 18 minutes / ADDITIONAL ANIMATED SHORTS: Sweet Cocoon – 6 minutes / Footprints – 4 minutes / Duet – 4 minutes / Bus Story – 11 minutes

Locative Media Art / Links

Locative art is art which uses location-based media such GPS or Wi-Fi as its medium.
It is a sub-category of interactive art or new media art, which explores the relationships between the real world and the virtual or between people, places or objects in the real world. Locative media can involve emerging technologies such as: mobile phones, GPS, wireless networks, and other hand-held or portable devices.

These technologies enable inter-connectivity between locations, determine locations and mapping and enable participation in storytelling and games. Locative media can be used to express specific attributes of place through local history, connecting us to and with histories of architecture, urban space, the changing city and the combinations of news, folklore, and data flows which allow us to interpret and understand where we live.

The MASH’TASH project falls into the category of Locative Media Art because we will be attaching and sharing our digital art through an interactive map…

Locative Media Projects done by UMD Art&Design Students

Locative Media Examples:

Locative Category:

Consider uses of Google maps or other mapping tools for interactive art projects and locative media… How would you embed your own photos, video or story into an interactive map? How would you share this locative artwork with an audience? What are the best tools for a collaborative work, allowing multiple artists to link their works to a group map?

Google mapping tool
Maps Engine Lite
create a custom icon for your google map:

Or what about using Mozilla’s Popcorn to create a web native story with a map included?

Here are some examples of Locative Media Projects done over the past decade:

See 30 locative projects listed in the GPS Museum website


Urban Tapestries

Uncle Roy All Around You by Blast Theory

InterUrban by Jeff Knowlton, Naomi Spellman & Jeremy Hight

Come Closer by squidsoup

Field-Works by Masaki Fujihata

Choreography of Everyday Movement by Teri Rueb

GPS Drawing

Amsterdam Realtime by Ester Polak

workshop at Karosta in Latvia


MILK by Ieva Auzina and Esther Polak

Locative Media and Mapping / ISEA2013

Spring 2015 > Blog # 2 / MASH’TASH Locations

Select a local LOCATION for your MASH’TASH project. The location must have public access and be a place you can pinpoint on a google map. Share your idea for a location on the blog comments here. (about 150 words, where/ what / who / why is this the location that you want to develop?) Scout location for Mash’Tash project by visiting with camera to shoot stills and video clips. Scout best times of day for interesting lighting options and camera angles. Provide 10-20 horizontal stills of your location that show your understanding of the range of possible camera shots and angles. Have these images ready to share at the second class. Plan for character/ story elements that make the most of location. Think about character and integration of MASH’TASH rules.

PROMPTS / QUESTIONS to help identify interesting locations:


…Find Trouble?

…Fall in Love?

…Drown a Sorrow?

…Right a Wrong?

…Save a Soul?

…Win a Friendship?

…Break a Heart?

…Toast a Victory?

…Dance the Night Away?

…Howl at the Moon?

…Scratch an Itch?

…Mend a Fence?

…Take a Stand?

…Catch Some Air?

…Warm your Toes?

…Meet Your Destiny?

…Wage a Battle?

…Duel at Dawn?

…Do a Good Deed?

…Hear the Mermaids Singing?

… etc

MASH’TASH Project / Intro + Rules

MASH’TASH Collaboration:

Reuben Irving (UWorcester, Digital Film Production and Animation students) and Joellyn Rock ( UMDuluth, Digital Art and Filmmaking students) plan a collaborative project to begin early in 2015. The project borrows from the aesthetics of remix (mash-ups), Dada and Surrealist games, setting a playful tone for the collaboration. Over the next few months students will engage in creative assignments to be shared and remixed in various ways. Projects will include digital art, sound and video clips that share characters/conflicts, facts/fictions, past/present/future lore about our locations. As locative media art, the project will use maps (google maps or other tools) to connect short videos to places in our local landscapes. In this way, our students will introduce each other to Duluth and Worcester. By sharing files electronically, they will also be encouraged to build on each others’ stories, scenerios, characters, and sense of place. All good games have rules: Each story must somehow include a character with a mustache. Hence the title of the project: Mash’tash ! The project should be launched this spring in some form that we can share easily on both sides of the pond. (Mash’tash wordpress site, map, and possible app!)


1. MASH’TASH projects must include a mustache

2. MASH’TASH projects may include any form of digital media (video, still, animation)

3. MASH’TASH projects must link to specific locations on map of Duluth or Worcester

4. MASH’TASH project location must have personal connection / meaning for student

5. MASH’TASH videos will be SHORTS / run time no longer than 30 seconds



• SELECT LOCATIONS: Place must mean something to you / USE Prompts / Brainstorm Options

• CAPTURE SOUND / CREATE CRASH STASH : Visit location to capture audio / make foley sounds

• CAPTURE VIDEO : Visit location to shoot and capture video / Integrate Story and Character elements

• Edit # 1 : Edit short video to 30 sec

• Upload #1 Edit to vimeo, ATTACH LINK to MAP of your region

• ALSO SHARE in DROPBOX folder / establish a VIDEO BANK for Video clips + vignettes, IMAGE BANK for digital art still images and illustrations, CRASH STASH for foley sounds and captured audio