Parsons • Digital Photo + Video • Summer '18

WEEK 2 | Thu: 7/19 H.W.


  • Please meet with your partners and decide what kind of video you’d like to create. Think about what roles each partner will take.
  • Post a one-paragraph proposal or an outline of notes (totally fine) for your final video project. I’d like to know how and where you plan to shoot it, as well as all of the logistics (if any planning is involved), etc. Please be sure to post it on each of your sites but you can write one proposal per group. If you’d like a detailed guide about points you might think about, scroll down the page to find the “Proposal, Shot plan & materials list, and storyboards.” If you’d like to bring some storyboards in tomorrow (even with nothing but stick figures), that’s great, too.
  • Bring in one video file and one audio file that you’ve shot on your camera (and/or your partner’s camera).
  • Bring comfortable shoes to walk in again for our MOMI visit tomorrow.
  • Bring in your cameras again, too. You will want to check out equipment again for the weekend so that you can shoot your videos…
  • TUES, WED, or THURS night, please watch: STREETWISE, 1984, Dir. Martin Bell (and his wife, Mary Ellen Mark). 91 mins. Here are some additional resourches: IMDB PROFILE  |  Photo Essay by Mary Ellen Mark: “Streets of the Lost.” (In Time Magazine) |  LIFE Magazine  |  TINY: The Life of Erin Blackwell (2016): Trailer  |  Website
  • [In-Class Write/Discussion on Friday AM] Please write a paragraph (or more, preferably) about what resonated with you about Streetwise. What can you learn from watching it? Why do you think I showed you this film in particular? From what/whose perspective or POV is the story told? What is the role of the filmmaker/photographer? In what way is the camera used? What is the style of shooting? What sort of lenses do you think they used? How are the subjects in this film represented? What do you think the relationship was between the filmmakers and subjects? How do you think the filmmaker reached that level of intimacy/transparency? What was the primary role of the filmmaker during production in order to gather and tell the story? How is the narrative of the photo essay that the film came from structured? What sense of conclusion, message, or inquiry are we left with at the end of the photo essay, and now at the end of the film? Examine the effectiveness of technical devices that were used both in production and post-production. (Shooting techniques, camera angles, framing, perspective, etc.).
  • [Due Friday] Please read my ‘prison bus‘ essay. We’ll discuss it in class tomorrow.
  • [Due Friday] Write down a few notes in your sketchbook about what you might decide to photograph/reveal about yourself and how you might do so for Project 3: “Self / Reveal”




  • What is your concept? Is there a linear story? Non-linear? An idea?
  • What is the goal or intended purpose(s) of the project?
  • What is your intended length?
  • Tell us WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN and HOW you plan to shoot. Be very explicit about each of these 5 elements. What materials will you need to make it? Where do you plan to shoot it? Will you shoot from one camera or two (One angle? Two? More?)?
  • Has any media work already been produced on this subject? Show us examples of these references and explain what is new, different, interesting, engaging about your approach?
    Style? (Any key stylistic elements in shooting, audio, editing, etc.). Show two examples (these can, of course, be from the lists we showed you in class).
  • Will you have sound in it? Music? Narration? If narration, who? what? Would you like to edit to the beat, or simply have it play at the same speed throughout?
  • Who is working on the project and what will the role of each person be?


  • List the ideal shots you hope to achieve during your shoot. This list will serve as a device to help make your shooting more thorough and aesthetically supportive of the story you wish to tell. Be very descriptive. This can be nothing more than a bullet list for both, but it must be extremely thorough (down to “scissors” or “tin foil,” or “feet,” etc…you get the idea). List EVERYTHING you’ll need to make this and also note whether or not you have it. Include a tripod and a lighting kit (or your own version of a lighting kit) if you’re going to need one.


Amy Finkel • July 19, 2018

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