Course Title: Digital Video Projects 201

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Digital Video Projects 201

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008


City Campus


345H Media and Communication

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013

Course Coordinator: Alex Syndikas

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3805

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 36 level 2 Room 4

Course Coordinator Availability: by email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

  First year core courses or equivalent 

Course Description

The course focuses on the production of moving digital images using digital hardware and software. You will engage in commercially orientated projects to develop conceptual, creative, design and communication skills.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

The objective of the course is to instill in you a high degree of visual literacy, technical competence and developed aesthetic sensibilities to produce moving images communicating an idea or concept within a defined time frame. The course will promote an understanding of vocational business practices and global cultural, social and industry visual contexts. You will be expected to become fully conversant with digital video hardware and editing software in order to develop a strong conceptual initiative. 

The aim of the tutorials is to:

* Develop conceptual, technical, creative and communication skills
* Develop the skills required to communicate via the moving image
* Become aware of the communicative potential of digital video.

Overview of Learning Activities

Five practical assignments, by pre-determined dates, before commencing a major project and will be expected to engage in personal research and assignment work during your ‘Non Contact Hours’.

Course content and film library is available on the server ‘COSC 2378’.

Classes, tutorials & workshops present the practices and issues involved in the moving image as a medium, visualisation, production, editing, storyboarding & the presentation of a 30 second movie.

Film viewing, analysis and discussion form part of the learning activities

Although numbered some tutorials go over more than 1 week.

Overview of Learning Resources

A History of the Cinema. Eric Rhode. Penguin. London. 1984.
A Man With a Camera. Nestor Almendros. Faber and Faber. London. 1984.
American Cinematographer Manual. ASC Press. Hollywood. 1993.
Digital Video for the Desktop. Ken Pender. Focal Press. Oxford. 1999.
Halliwells Film and Video Guide. Leslie Halliwell. Harper Collins. London. 1999.
Nonlinear Editing Basics. Steven E. Browne. Focal Press. Oxford.1998.
One Cowded Hour. Tim Bowden. Imprint. London. 1987.
The Art of the Storyboard. John Hart. Focal Press. Oxford. 1999.

Feature Films
Bagdad Café. d.Percy Adlon. ph.Bernd Heinl. Mainline. 1988.
Blade Runner. d.Ridley Scott. ph.Jordan Cronenweth. Warner. 1982.
Blazing Saddles. d.Mel Brooks. ph.Joseph Biroc. Warner. 1974.
Chinatown. d.Roman Polanski. ph.John A. Alonso. Paramount. 1974.
Fargo. d.Joel Coen. ph.Roger Deakins. Polygram. 1996.
Gold Diggers of 1935. d.Busby Berkeley. ph.George Barnes. Warner. 1934.
Hearts of Darkness. d.Francis Ford Coppola. ph.Elanor Coppola. Zoetrope. 1991.
Jour de Fete. d.Jacques Tati. ph.Jacques Mercanton. Francinex. 1948.
One from the Heart. d.Francis Ford Coppolla. ph.Vittorio Storraro. Zoetrope. 1982.
Paths of Glory. d.Stanley Kubrick. ph.Georg Krause. United Artists. 1957.
Pulp Fiction. d.Quentin Tarantino. ph.Andrzej Sekula. Buena Vista Miramax. 1994.
The Big Lebowski. d.Joel Cohen. ph.Roger Deakins. Polygram/Working Title.1998.
The Blues Brothers. d.John Landis. ph.Stephen M. Katz. Universal. 1980.
The Commitments. d.Alan Parker. ph.Gale Tattersall. 20th Century Fox. 1991.
The Conformist. d.Bernardo Bertolucci. ph.Vittorio Storraro. Mars. 1969.
The Duellists. d.Ridley Scott. ph.Frank Tidy. Scott Free. 1977.
The Professional. d.Luc Besson. ph.Thierry Arbogast. Buena Vista. 1994.
The Purple Rose of Cairo. d.Woody Allen. ph.Gordon Willis. Orion. 1984.
Total Recall. d.Paul Verhoeven. ph.Jost Vocano. Guild. 1990.
Unforgiven. d.Clint Eastwood. ph.Jack N. Green. Warner. 1992.

Overview of Assessment

Activities are to be completed individually or in combinations of groups.

4 assignments:

12 sec doors 20%
10 sec movie narrative 10%
30 sec storyboard 10%
30 sec movie 60%