Motion + Media Research Symposium

​Open to students, faculty and community members who are interested in emerging media, interactive design, digital storytelling, motion capture, and related research… Registration Link below…
Motion + Media Research Symposium
Friday, April 15 2016 at 10 AM – 3 PM
This one day symposium brings together artists, scientists and researchers from diverse backgrounds and disciplines to share their creative work with emerging media. Sponsored by University of Minnesota Duluth, Motion + Media Across Disciplines Lab. Featuring Keynote by Dave Beck “The Convergence of History & Environment through Games & Animation” and Elizabeth LaPensée, Indigenous Game Designer, Research for Indigenous Community Health Center. Research Topics to include: Motion Capture, Virtual Reality, Interactive Environments, and Video Production. Open to students, faculty and the public by RSVP / Advance registration. Free lunch for those who pre-register.
To reserve your spot…
Register for the Motion + Media Research Symposium here:
Tentative Schedule for Friday April 15
10am : Welcome to MMADlab / 25 Bohannon Hall / Motion + Media Across Disciplines Lab Presentations
11am : Keynote in 90 Bohannon Hall / Dave Beck (UW-Stout) “The Convergence of History & Environment through Games & Animation”
Noon : Lunch + Networking
1pm : Elizabeth LaPensee Presentation on Indigenous Games, Speed research, Brainstorm session
2pm : Hands-on project demos, interactive experiences

Please join us for a one day gathering of interdisciplinary researchers… Presentations, speed research, networking, and project demos.

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PITCH ASSIGNMENT: Your Short Film Idea

Each student will pitch a short film idea in class on WED MARCH 2, 2016.

(Last class before spring break!)

Please read the info below on how to prep your pitch and follow the powerpoint format as outlined. No fancy templates or fonts please! Keep the presentation clean with good visuals to back up your cinematic ideas.


You will have 5 minutes to pitch an idea for a collaborative short film. Prepare an enthusiastic and engaging presentation of an idea for a film you would like to work on. Follow the checklist of points to cover in your pitch. Please keep your pitch under 5 minutes. Your pitch must offer an idea that is realistic within the timeline, technical tools, and financial limitations of our class. Films can be shot in multiple locations, but be realistic about the time it takes to plan and shoot.

SAVE THIS INFO to help you prep your pitch!

WHAT TO BRING TO THE PITCH: Paper printout + 10 slides in Powerpoint

Paper Printout: Please bring a one page printout that includes this info:


TEASER: Sum up the storyline of your idea in around 25 words or less. Introduce the characters, their conflict, and the genre or visual style.:

PLEASE PREPARE a SHORT POWERPOINT (10 slides) OR PDF Your presentation must include visuals to support your pitch.


Slide 1 : YOUR NAME


TEASER: Sum up the storyline of your idea in around 25 words or less. Introduce the characters, their conflict, and the genre or visual style.

Slide 2: GENRE / STYLE:

Describe the type of short you want to make, show visual example

Slide 3 : STORY / PLOT:

Short paragraph that expands on the Teaser.

Slides 4-5: Character Descriptions / visual examples

Slides 5-7 : Locations / Settings / visual examples

Slides 8-9 : Additional Visual Examples that support the type of cinematography, visual effects, look / feel of the movie you hope to make. Storyboards, character sketches, still photos.

Slide 10 : Special Issues / Time of Day for shoots / restrictions

MORE TIPS on Pitching Film Ideas:

Walter Murch on Film Editing

In class we watched
The Cutting Edge The Magic of Movie Editing (Documentary)
Students, send your notes on what you found most interesting in the video we viewed in class. Was there a film editor, era, or technique that you did not know about and would love to know more about? What did you take away from the documentary?
More Walter Murch:

In the Blink of an Eye is celebrated film editor Walter Murch ‘s vivid, multifaceted, thought-provoking essay on film editing. Starting with what might be the most basic editing question – Why do cuts work? – Murch treats the reader to a wonderful ride through the aesthetics and practical concerns of cutting film. Along the way, he offers his unique insights on such subject

The Film & Sound Editor behind Apocalypse Now & The English Patient reveals the relationship between editing and dance, the importance of rhythm – “like telling a good joke” – and how digital film has transformed his work.

The Underground / Short Shorts Film Festival

The Duluth Playhouse presents the 11th annual Short Shorts Film Festival at The Underground theater in Duluth, Minnesota on February 27, 2016. It it is Northern Minnesota’s only Short Film Festival . The Festival is open to professional and amateur filmmakers from all over the world, and in all genres. A panel of judges will select the top 15 finalists, and a live audience will pick the top three winners at the event, who will receive cash prizes. Need not be present to win.

Awards & Prizes

First Place: $300.00
Second Place: $200.00
Third Place: $100.00

Rules & Terms

11th Annual Short Shorts Film Festival Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 7pm CST
DEADLINE TO ENTER: Friday, February 19, 2016 at 4:30pm

Film duration must be five minutes or less…



a 2 week, small team project

SHOOT TIME in class on WED Feb 10

EDIT TIME in class on WED Feb 17 

EDIT DUE by Tues Feb 23  (Upload to class folder + google drive)

1 to 2 minutes long (not a second longer)

1 to 2 scenes (2 locations connected by a window)

1 to 2 characters

1 to 2 lines (captured audio voice, but should include additional sound)

This Short Film Project asks you to expand on what you learned about the potential of storytelling with a window. Please work in teams of 2 if possible to develop a 1 to 2 minute short that includes a window and a transition between two scenes. Your short should integrate:  A window, 1 to 2 characters, 1 to 2 locations, and 1 to 2 lines of spoken script (dialog, monolog or voiceover). 

Develop a short narrative that includes a change or transformation which moves the story forward. Select locations and shoot times over the next two weeks. Create a deliberate start and end to the work. Please test and integrate a variety of shot types (shoot at least 10 different shot types / camera angles for use in your final edit.) Each team member will edit their own version of the short video and craft the sound to match the mood and pace of their edit.


About storyline:

What are the characters’ connections to the interior and exterior locations? What do the characters want? (What do they wear? What do they do? What do they say? How do they move?) What happens physically? What happens emotionally? What is the emotional change or transformation that occurs from one scene to the next?

About cinematic vision:

What must the camera capture in each scene? What shots establish your location and perspective? What shots will give texture to the settings? What shots will deliver the emotion / mood of each moment? How will you light the interior shot? How does it start? How does it end? How would you transition between the interior and exterior shot? How will you capture sound? What additional sound will enhance this short?


EXAMPLES of windows used in movies:      EXAMPLES of Shots, angles and lighting:

SHOTS…Camera Framing: Extreme Long Shot (ELS), Long Shot (LS) or Wide Shot (WS),
Medium Shot (MS), Close-up (CU), Extreme Close-up (ECU), Over-the-Shoulder Shot…
Camera Angles: Bird’s Eye View, High Angle, Eye Level, Low Angle, Canted Angle, Subjective Angle (Point of View)…

Viewing Assignment > FIVE SHORT FILMS

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

DUE:  WED Feb 24, 2016

Art2040 Students: 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 class folder once you have viewed 5 shorts.


Google Folder: ART2040_FIVESHORTS

Your writing/ reflection 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 SHARE WITH CLASS. When considering shorts to view, look for genres and techniques that represent your own aesthetic direction. You may include Oscar Nominated Shorts, check out some shorts from the library DVDs, or search links to many collections of short films on the web…

See links to Short films… (know some good links to short films? send them!)


Audio for Video / Sound Workshop

Emerging Filmmakers Project Duluth Workshop at UMD

NEW DATE: Wed Feb 24 in MMADlab and Media Hub (The workshop for Feb 3 is rescheduled due to the storm that impacted travel in our region. )

AUDIO for VIDEO Sound Workshop with Guest Presenter: JP Natysin, Minneapolis Audio Engineer
4pm to 8pm … TO BE SCHEDULED in Motion and Media Across Disciplines LAB (BoH 24)  University of Minnesota Duluth … Non-UMD participants can register through Fine Arts Academy   Please contact for details: 218-726-7011

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Emerging Filmmakers Project Duluth presents a sound workshop on the topic of AUDIO for VIDEO. The workshop will introduce the basics of sound recording and mixing for video production, tips on techniques, gear and best practices in the industry. The second half of the workshop will cover post-production audio work-flow, sound design and editing with Pro-Tools software. The workshop presenter is JP Natysin, a Pro Tools Certified audio engineer based in Minneapolis. Natysin began his career in radio, but in 2012 he shifted his focus to working on visual media as a production sound mixer and sound designer. Since this shift he has worked on nearly ten feature films, a dozen shorts, a handful of commercials and documentaries, and more talking head interviews than he can remember. In the summer of 2015, he was the head of the audio department for No Blood of Mine, a feature film that was shot in Duluth, MN. Most recently, he has been working as an ADR Engineer at Sparkhouse, an animation studio in Downtown Minneapolis.

A 2014 demo reel by JP shows some of his work: