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Moving Image

ARTDES 338.001, Winter 2024


Credit Hours: 3
Course Fee: $125
Instructor(s): Yang Rappaccioli, Emilia
Semester: Winter 2024

Prerequisites: All OF THE FOLLOWING: ARTDES 265: Intro to Video: Digital Cinematography & Editing.

Description: The ability to communicate an idea or tell a story through a sequence of images has fascinated humans since prehistoric times. The Lascaux cave paintings show horses in sequential stages suggesting movement and a fascination with animal locomotion. Eighth-century Japanese scroll paintings narrate stories of wandering monks using a series of unified images that unfurled on a long horizontal sheet of paper. Following the advent of photography in the 19th century, artists explored the illusion of movement through sequencing images with inventions such as the zoetrope and the phenakistoscope, leading to the invention of film animation in the early 20th century. Today, artists inspired by the powerful expressive qualities of moving images have been reviving and examining hand-wrought techniques in new digital incarnations. This course examines how movement and animation are created through the use of sequential images, drawing and software tools. Instruction in hand-drawn animation, stop-motion, digital motion graphics, and video compositing will be covered. Students will develop film-making skills from concept to a finished work through group projects, classroom workshops and an individual final project.

Frequency: This course is typically offered in the winter term of even-numbered years, though scheduling may vary according to future term circumstances.