Digital Cinema

DTC338 | Summer 2017

Time: MW 11:00am-2:20pm
Location: VMMC 111
Instructor: Will Luers
Phone: 503-975-3254

Office Hours: MW 10:00am-11:00am in room 111, VMMC

NOTE: All matters associated with this course are subject to change. Any changes will be communicated to students.


In DTC 338 / DIGITAL CINEMA, students will explore the theories, techniques, and aesthetic strategies of cinema in the age of digital media. Through reading and discussing canonical texts in the field of digital cinema, reflecting and writing about a variety of works of digital cinema, and creating short video assignments students will work towards an innovative final project. Students will be exposed to a range of digital cinema styles and approaches – video journalism, video remix, “webisodes”, cinematic games, hyperlinked video, video installation and database cinema-–and will ultimately choose the approach that fits best with the stories they want to tell.

The course will give students experience in working with digital video cameras and audio recorders, developing storyboards, interviewing and lighting subjects, editing with Adobe Premiere, integrating video on a webpage and preparing and distributing video for the web. This course will approach video production less as a set of specialized technical skills using high-end equipment, and more as a set of composition and expression practices using commonly used tools. Students are encouraged to use their own (or borrowed) digital cameras, phones or hybrid devices that they can carry with them everywhere. There will also be a range of professional and semi-professional video and audio equipment available for check-out from the equipment room.

Learning Goals

Course Activities
Learning Outcomes and Activities
Learning Objectives
Goals & Objectives
1. Short Assignments SLO1: Critical and Creative Thinking
Understand the principles of framing, continuity, time frames, montage, spatial montage, practical videotaping needs like a job profile, hybrid space, hypervideo, database cinemaSLO4: Communication
Learn to make effective presentation of your work in varying scenarios from formal to personal critiques of work
Combine and synthesize existing ideas, images, or expertise in original ways. Express concepts propositions, and beliefs in coherent, concise, and technically correct form. Goal 3:
Employ the principles of visual form for sophisticated image manipulation
2. Blogging SLO1: Critical and Creative Thinking
Gain a better understanding about how to engage in self-reflection about your own work through blogging about your process, methods, and ideasSLO4: Communication
Become more adept about writing about your work by blogging about your insights and influences.
Combine and synthesize existing ideas, images, or expertise in original ways. Express concepts propositions, and beliefs in coherent, concise, and technically correct form. Goal 7:
Recognize various forms of language processing and their implications for media authoringGoal 10:
Be practiced and capable communicators in all mediums
3. Final project SLO1: Critical and Creative Thinking
Produce the script, storyboards and other items needed for the final digital cinema projectSLO2: Information Literacy
Become adept at working with tools related to video production, including cameras and softwareSLO4: Communication
Be able to articulate your ideas in the 250-500 statement that accompanies your final project.SLO7: Depth, Breadth, and Integration of Learning
Synthesize a broad array elements of multimedia elements (sound, movement, images)
Combine and synthesize existing ideas, images, or expertise in original ways. Determine the extent and type of information needed. Express concepts propositions, and beliefs in coherent, concise, and technically correct form. By applying the concepts of the general and specialized studies to personal, academic, service learning, professional, and/or community activities. Goal 3:
Employ the principles of visual form for sophisticated image manipulationGoal 5 :
Understand the production and assessment of media objects


  • Focus on the conception and creation of expressive video
  • Readings, discussion of concepts, and application of theory
  • Multiple assignments and projects


  • Selected online texts (via
  • Portable SD Drive – 16GB or higher is best
  • Headphones or “earbuds”
  • Digital camera and monopod (optional)


Blogging (20%)

  • Ten 250-500 word blog posts based on readings, viewings and discussions

Assignments (45%)

  • framing assignment 5%
  • continuity assignment 5%
  • time frames assignment 5%
  • montage assignment 5%
  • job profile assignment 10%
  • hybrid space assignment 5%
  • interactive assignment 10%

Final Project (25%)

  • a work of digital cinema that engages with ideas and techniques explored in class
  • 250-500 word statement about your project

Participation (10%)

  • full attention to lectures, screenings and discussions
  • involvement and preparedness in class discussions and exercises (do the reading)


  • Do not use copyright-protected text, images, audio or video
  • You may use material that is in the public domain, but please credit the source
  • Do not ask friends or roommates to pose as interview subjects
  • Your work must be your own, produced for this course

Assessment and Final Grades

Both attendance and participation will be monitored and deficiencies in either/both will result in lower final grades. Participation means being attentive in class, joining in discussions, engaging in informal critiques and completing all in-class and outside assignments.

You are allowed one class absences. Each class absence after that will result in a five (5) point deduction from the final cumulative points. It is your responsibility to make sure I check your attendance if you come to class after the start of class. Frequent late arrivals, leaving early, or other forms of lack of attendance will also deduct points from the cumulative total. Absent students remain responsible for all course matters during their absence(s). Opportunities to make up missed work may not be available. Final grades are determined from the cumulative points earned, plus or minus any deductions or additions for attendance or participation. No curving, averaging, or other manipulations are utilized. No other assessment or extra credit opportunities are planned. Incompletes are not available.

Final grades are based on the following scale:

A 94-100
A- 90-93
B+ 87-89
B 83-86
B- 80-82
C+ 77-79
C 73-76
C- 70-72
D 61-69
F 0-60

*For DTC students the grade D will result in an F for the course

Submission of Late Work

All work must be submitted as and when required. Late work may not be accepted, or accepted with a substantial penalty. Email submissions of work or work submitted “under the door” or “in the mailbox” will not be accepted. No excuses, no exceptions.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the cornerstone of higher education. As such, all members of the university community share responsibility for maintaining and promoting the principles of integrity in all activities, including academic integrity and honest scholarship. Academic integrity will be strongly enforced in this course. Students who violate WSU’s Academic Integrity Policy (identified in Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 504-26-010(3) and -404) will receive [insert academic sanction (e.g., fail the course, fail the assignment, etc.)], will not have the option to withdraw from the course pending an appeal, and will be reported to the Office of Student Conduct. Cheating includes, but is not limited to, plagiarism and unauthorized collaboration as defined in the Standards of Conduct for Students, WAC 504-26-010(3). You need to read and understand all of the definitions of cheating: If you have any questions about what is and is not allowed in this course, you should ask course instructors before proceeding.  If you wish to appeal a faculty member’s decision relating to academic integrity, please use the form available at

Disability Accommodation

Students with Disabilities: Reasonable accommodations are available for students with a documented disability. If you have a disability and need accommodations to fully participate in this class, please either visit or call the Access Center at [address on your campus] to schedule an appointment with an Access Advisor. All accommodations MUST be approved through the Access Center. For more information contact 360-546-9138,

Safety and Emergency Notification System

Classroom and campus safety are of paramount importance at Washington State University, and are the shared responsibility of the entire campus population. WSU urges students to follow the “Alert, Assess, Act,” protocol for all types of emergencies and the “Run, Hide, Fight” response for an active shooter incident. Remain ALERT (through direct observation or emergency notification), ASSESS your specific situation, and ACT in the most appropriate way to assure your own safety (and the safety of others if you are able). Please sign up for emergency alerts on your account at MyWSU. For more information on this subject, campus safety, and related topics, please view the FBI’s Run, Hide, Fight video and visit the WSU safety portal.”