ARTC344 Video I, Basilio de San Juan Guerrero, Fall 2019 | SACI College of Art & Design Florence

ARTC344 Video I, Basilio de San Juan Guerrero, Fall 2019

The course is designed to develop both technical and artistic skills using video as a creative imaging tool. During the term, students will have hands-on experience in pre-production, production, and post production. They will learn how to operate a video camera, how to light a subject and how to edit their video shooting on a non-linear editing system. They will also learn how to organize projects creating storyboards and scripts.

The course is divided into two parts: Initial language analysis and assignments to apply the knowledge acquired. The other part is production, which involves: producing, screenplay writing, cinematography, directing, art direction, sound and editing.

Finally, the students will produce a film that is 15 minutes or shorter, that will be screened during the school’s end-of term party. To do so, the students will learn techniques for translating their script into moving images as well as the creative and physical requirements for directing and producing a film.

Graduate Students
​Students in MFA, MA, and Post-Bac programs are expected to complete additional assignments and to produce work at a level appropriate for students in a graduate program. They are graded accordingly and, if they successfully complete all course requirements for graduate students, receive graduate-level credit for the course.


Week 1

Tuesday, September 10 and Thursday, September 12
Introduction to the course. Overview of the program including aspects dealing with directing, screenwriting, filming, editing, and sound.
Introduction to the tools used during the course, editing facilities and videocameras.
First assignment: The shooting of a sequence.
Second assignment: The shooting of inserts.

Week 2

Tuesday, September 17 and Thursday, September 19
Introduction to the camera language.
 Third assignment: The shooting with different camera angles.
Fourth assignment: The shooting with different lenses.

Week 3

Tuesday, September 24 and Thursday, September 26
Shooting a small movie integrating the new movie language.
Building a set, shooting a scene.
Fifth assignment: Shooting with Multi-cameras.

Week 4

Tuesday, October 1 and Thursday, October 3
Review of the work in progress screening of footage.
Sixth assignment: Shooting a commercial.

Week 5

Tuesday, October 8 and Thursday, October 10
Editing workshop on digital non linear editing system Final Cut Pro.
Editing all previous movies.

Week 6

Tuesday, October 15 and Thursday, October 17
Review of the work in progress, screening of footage.
Seventh assignment: Shooting a music video, editing on rhythm.

Week 7

Tuesday, October 22 and Thursday, October 24
Screenwriting workshop.
Eighth assignment: The Stop Moyon filmmaking and/or Video Art.
Ninth assignment: Video postcard.


Week 8

MIDTERM BREAK (October 26 – November 3)


Week 9

Tuesday, November 5 and Thursday, November 7
Preparation and pre-production of the group film.

Week 10

Tuesday, November 12 and Thursday, November 14
Digital HD Camera and lighting workshop.
Writing / Production.

Week 11

Tuesday, November 19 and Thursday, November 21
Production / Shooting.
Discussion on first set of rushes.

Week 12

Tuesday, November 26 and Thursday, November 28
Production / shooting.
Discussion on first set of rushes.

Week 13

Tuesday, December 3 and Thursday, December 5
Editing and sound mixing.
Production shooting.

Week 14

Tuesday, December 10 and Thursday, December 12
Editing and sound mixing.

Week 15

Tuesday, December 17 and Thursday, December 19
Editing and sound mixing.
Mastering to DVD. Upload to the internet.

Friday, December 20, 7 pm
Showing of videos produced by the class in the Clayton Hubbs Lecture Hall (Palazzo dei Cartelloni) as part of the End-of-Term party.

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