We live in a time of unprecedented access to both making and consuming media. Has this digital age democratized who we see behind and in front of the camera? Does this open up pathways to civic participation and artistic expression? Or will these rapid technological changes just fade into history as just another phase of cinema?
This course will explore big picture questions in the context of film. We will learn the fundamentals of visual storytelling that have remained largely unchanged over the last century despite the digital revolution, all while exploring new digital tools such as iPhones, DSLR cameras, and Premiere Pro.
We will investigate how new tools and technologies offer opportunities for innovation in aesthetic and narrative forms and analyze case studies of how new digital tools have had unique effects on our culture.