ARTC344 Video II, Basilio de San Juan Guerrero, Spring 2020 | SACI College of Art & Design Florence

ARTC344 Video II, Basilio de San Juan Guerrero, Spring 2020

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.

The Students in Video II will move beyond the introductory technical aspects of production and post-production techniques and into editorial styles and techniques that can be applied to the Video II studio projects. Students will augment their shooting and editing knowledge and experience gained from the previous terms. They will be encouraged and followed during the development of their own style of cinematography.

The students will properly finish, deliver and present their personal final project. The film that is 15 minutes or shorter, will be screened during the school’s end-of term party. 

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, January 14 and Thursday, January 16
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, January 21 and Thursday, January 23
Introduction to the camera language.
Third assignment: The shooting with different camera angles.
Fourth assignment: The shooting with different lenses.

Week 3

Tuesday, January 28 and Thursday, January 30
Shooting a small movie integrating the new movie language.
Building a set, shooting a scene.
Fifth assignment: Shooting with Multi-cameras.

Week 4

Tuesday, February 4 and Thursday, February 6
Review of the work in progress screening of footage.
Sixth assignment: Shooting a commercial.

Week 5

Tuesday, February 11 and Thursday, February 13
Editing workshop on digital non linear editing system Final Cut Pro.
Editing all previous movies.

Week 6

Tuesday, February 18 and Thursday, February 20
Review of the work in progress, screening of footage.
Seventh assignment: Shooting a music video, editing on rhythm. 

Week 7

Tuesday, October 25 and Thursday, October 27
Screenwriting workshop.
Eighth assignment: The Stop Moyon filmmaking and/or Video Art.
Ninth assignment: Video postcard.


Week 8

MIDTERM BREAK (February 29 – March 8)


Week 9

Tuesday, March 10 and Thursday, March 12
Development of an idea for personal film.
Pre-production of the personal movie.

Week 10

Tuesday, March 17 and Thursday, March 19
Digital HD Camera and lighting workshop.
Writing / Production.

Week 11

Tuesday, March 24 and Thursday, March 26
Production / Shooting.
Discussion on first set of rushes.

Week 12

Tuesday, March 31 and Thursday, April 2
Production / shooting.
Discussion on first set of rushes.

Week 13

Tuesday, April 7 and Thursday, April 9
Editing and sound mixing.
Production shooting.

Week 14

Tuesday, April 14 and Thursday, April 16
Editing and sound mixing.

Week 15

Tuesday, April 21 and Thursday, April 23
Editing and sound mixing.
Mastering the export of films. Upload to the internet

Friday, April 24, 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.


Students who would like to travel during the term must do so before week 11th of the syllabus. The reason behind this is that the shooting of the main film usually takes place on weekends from Week 11th on or on extra days during the week, depending on the performance of each group. Also, Video II students may be shooting their personal film during that period. After the shooting students also need to edit the films.

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