Cinematic Communication

Visual Studies

Fall 2012 + Spring 2013

John Szot, instructor

Cinema and architecture both rely on the coordination of event, movement and space to communicate. This intersection makes any cinematic medium a potent tool for probing architectural ideas in real-time and with a level of richness that rivals first-hand experience. With the ubiquity of high-definition recording devices and the increasing trend towards video as the preferred medium for communication, designers and architects stand to benefit from mastering the basic filmmaking and storytelling skills needed to communicate effectively through digital video.

This course focused on digital video as a compelling medium for developing the full experiential profile of an architectural proposal through cinematic techniques and devices. Technical presentations were organized around three brief filmmaking assignments covering advanced pre-production techniques, advanced motion graphics and basic compositing techniques using consumer-grade software, while critical discussion of student work will address basic concepts in composition, sound, rhythm, texture and non-linear editing as components of an effective story-telling strategy.

Alberto Manrique A
Jose Cruz, Martin Lodman + Jonathan Requillo B
Martin Lodman C
Shiyao Yu + Jiayuan Liu D
Min Kim + Jun Peng E