DMS Student Showcase 2021

DMS 441 Advanced Video Production

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This production course is designed to build on and further students’ conceptual and technical skills in video production. Through a combination of in-class workshops and exercises, assigned projects, and close attention to visual, creative motion picture ideation, students will strive to produce thoughtful, personally meaningful, technically proficient videos. 

Primary projects include a non-fiction portrait (person, organization, or place) and a final project that you will decide the parameters for in consultation with myself. Throughout the semester, “one-minute videos” with specific formal or conceptual parameters will also be assigned. The goal in this class is to push you to develop your voice, ideas, and proficiency in media making.

Aaron Ettestad, Mark Wilkin, Tori Evans

Becoming Xylograph

Becoming Xylograph Video

This portrait documentary introduces the couple behind the Buffalo-based freelance media company known as Xylograph Films. They tell the origins of where they came from, how they met, and how their media company began. Through this, the curtain is pulled back on their insight as a couple in the film industry, revealing both the benefits and the struggles of their journey so far, as well as what they're aiming for next.

Jake Fuza, Xavier Stutz, Khodja Sy

covid-19 daycare portrait

441 video

Esther Song, Shane Lenihan, U-myah Chaney

A socially distant student life

Portrait Video

Alexis Gethin, Nick DiGiore, Tom Kowalski

The drums of winter: a portrait

Portrait Video

Thomas Atehortua, Daniel Ladisa, Charles Yuong

Gary's guitars

Garys Guitars Video

Lewuga Benson, Maria Barrientos, Olu Akanbi

Interview about Interviews

Interview Portrait Video

1 minute videos

The 1MV exercises consist of a simple prompt-open to interpretation and with few parameters -to which each student was to respond with a....one minute video. The goal for this exercise was not to create a perfect, finished piece (though some responses were incredibly creative and accomplished), but to create a space in which to play, practice, make mistakes, experiment. Prompts this year include: Selfie, Extra/Ordinary, Split/Screen, loud QUIET loud, Off-Screen, and an Exquisite Corpse Video. The one-minute videos have been edited into one compilation video for each prompt.

1 minute video #1 :

selfie

1 Minute Videos

1 minute video #2 :

extra/ordinary

1 Minute VIdeo 2

1 minute video #3 :

Split screen

1 Minute Videos 3

1 minute video #4 :

'Off/screen' & 'Loud quiet loud'

1 Minute VIdeo 4

2021 DMS Courses

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    “Landscape Projections” is an advanced special topics course exploring landscape as a medium, predominantly through the lens of time-based media. “Projections” implies cinematic presentation, but we expand this idea of projection (from Latin projectio(n-), from proicere ‘throw forth’), exploring ideas around forecasts, mappings, visions, and transmission, as we consider a wide range of artists and filmmakers re-envisioning both the natural and manufactured landscape through cinematic geographies and spatial practices.
  • DMS 448 Games, Gender & Culture
    5/12/21
    DMS 448: Games, Gender And Culture provides a comprehensive investigation of the emerging field of Games Studies, the critical analysis of games and interactive environments made possible by the computer. We will address different theoretical perspectivesthat view games and gaming as historical, social, cultural. aesthetic, technical, performative, and cognitive phenomenon. 
  • DMS 598 Project Supervision
    5/12/21
    Graduate Student Project Supervision taught by Margaret Rhee
  • DMS 480 Social Media & Networks (Section 1)
    5/21/21
    In this online course, we will learn about, critique, and create social media and networks theory. Through media theory and case studies, we will analyze social media and networks; through online discussion, we will develop our ideas; and finally, through creation we will implement our learning into action. By the end of the course, you will have a better understanding and will be able to critically read, analyze, and write about social media from a variety of perspectives. Along with rigorous reading and writing, students will engage through creative making and collective presentations. In doing so, we adhere to learning through creating.
  • DMS 302 Experimental Moving Image
    5/14/21
    “Experimental Moving Image” is an intermediate level undergraduate production class introducing students to alternative approaches to the moving image, from abstraction and collage, personal documentary and hybrid narratives, to stop-motion and video installation, across single and multiple screens.
  • DMS 462/562 Game Design
    5/12/21
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  • DMS 103 Basic Video (Section 1)
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    Basic Video is a beginner level production class on the uses of digital video, moving image, and media as a medium of artistic expression and communication. There is a mixture of history, theory, artistic practice, technique, analysis, and there is a distinctive focus on learning while making.
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    5/14/21
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  • DMS 606 Sound and Space
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  • DMS 342 Intermediate Documentary Workshop
    5/13/21
    Intermediate Documentary is an intensive workshop in nonfiction film production, with an emphasis on both hands-on practice of documentary filmmaking and in-depth study of the art of nonfiction filmmaking. Production projects helpedstudents develop conceptual and technicalproficiency, including knowledge of the development, production, and post production ofnonfiction films. Readings, writing assignments, and class presentations will deepen students’understanding of nonfiction filmmaking and storytelling.
  • DMS 201 Green Media
    5/11/21
    This course analyzes fictional and documentary media that investigate our relationship to nature: climate change, pollution, environmental justice, wildlife extinction. The course interprets the word media broadly to include film, games, social media, media-art, big data visualization, simulation and sensing. It examines the consciousness-raising power of film, media and journalism; traces the ecological impact of our obsession with the latest media device; and ponders the relationship between our feelings about our changing planet (denial, engagement, optimism, hopelessness) and our actions.
  • DMS 534 Media Archaeology
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  • DMS 103 Basic Video (Section 2)
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