AA.MEDIA

Architectural Association
Media Studies


AA MEDIA is an experimental testing ground for exploring and interrogating the tools of the discipline – tools with which we speculate, manipulate and play; compute, control and test; communicate, seduce, and provoke.

Acting as both training camp and laboratory, it is a diverse, multidisciplinary program where unexpected collisions and obsessive attention to detail expose a rich seam of creative potential. Media Studies presents an opportunity to develop individual practice, where students hone their dexterity with established and progressive media, actively testing modes of production through focused acts of doing and making.



CONTACT:

Kate Davies
Head of Media Studies
Inigo Minns
Acting Department Head
Oliviu Lugojan-Ghenciu
Lab Coordinator

AA MEDIA
Architectural Association
School of Architecture
36 Bedford Square
London WC1B 3ES

+44 (0)20 7887 4000

STUDIO

INTERMEDIATE / Term 2

MS-CORE



VIDEO

Joel Newman
Weds, 2-5pm, Room TBC in Term 2

Walter Murch
[The Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film, by Michael Ondaatje.]

“There's no such thing as simple. Simple is hard.”
Martin Scorsese

The blurred swish during the movement of the eye is somehow snipped from our conscious awareness, and we are left with just the significant images before and after the movement. Not only do we not see the blurred movement, we are unaware that anything has been removed. And this is happening all the time: with every movement of our eyes, an invisible editor is at work, cutting out the bad bits before we can ever see them”.

Over an eight-week period the group will look to make an original video with soundtrack of no less than 3 minutes in length. We will discover methods, techniques and principles rooted in narrative and non-narrative film-making. Expect to see examples and discuss works formed from an avant-garde tradition as well as mainstream cinema. We emphasize experimentation in order to challenge hegemony. All components to the final piece must be created/ authored by the student. You will be asked to view material outside and produce material outside of the classroom.



Course Outline

Session 1: SCREENINGS
Wednesday 11th Jan
There was film and now it’s all video

Session 2: SCREENINGS WITH EMPHASIS ON SHOT TYPE
Wednesday 18th Jan
Cameras, Tripods, Editing Tools

Session 3: SCREENINGS WITH EMPHASIS ON EDITING 2
Wednesday 25th Jan
Editing tools and how to construct meaning

Session 4: CHROMA-KEYING AND COMPOSITING
Wednesday 1st Feb
Shooting/ Making / Editing

OPEN WEEK

Session 5: SHOOTING/ MAKING / EDITING / SOUNDTRACKS
Wednesday 15th Feb

Session 6: MAKING /EDITING/ SOUNDTRACKS
Wednesday 22nd Feb

Session 7: MAKING /EDITING/ SOUNDTRACKS
Wednesday 1st March

Session 8: PRESENTATION
Wednesday 8th March
Finishing, Authoring, Discussion



Software: We generally use Apple and Adobe products.