Using today’s lecture as inspiration, create a map of your site, place or journey. Your map may serve as analysis and research that leads to a future project, or be a work unto itself. The amount of voice and subjectivity that enters into the map is your choice — as is the format of the map itself.

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Read the Georges Perec reading posted to the site.

Chose a place or take a journey. Using Perec as an inspiration, work towards making an objective map of your site. What form is appropriate for what you’re trying to say about the site. What phenomena are you mapping? Temperature, color, space, sound, history? Geographical mapping is only one route.

Your Tuesday, you will be presenting your research findings as a presentation. Still photographs, sounds, sketches, tied together with your voice. I advise that you string together your visual research into a pdf or keynote that you can lead us through.

You will then have one week to produce an objective map. Consider a format and a scope that makes sense for the relatively short amount of time that you have.

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Mapping notation, symbol, icon and typography — all elements of map making — are forms of visual shorthand. They are all signs, or “stand-ins” for something else. Moving through any landscape or environment one encounters enormous amounts of sensory stimuli. When describing a place or a journey, it becomes necessary to omit much of reality in favor of short hand or representation.

As “storytellers” you are being asked to describe the story of a prescribed place (much in the way a map functions) using various visual “sign vehicles.” The place is your choice, either constituting a journey, a small area, or a connected number of locations. Choosing the place is not unimportant, but almost any place will do.

This unit asks you to be observant, to come up with some opinion or conclusion about the place, and to execute a series of projects on the place.

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Upload your files to Vimeo and make a post with the video embedded and categorize it under Assignment 6.


Jem Cohen film from 2000. May be of interest.

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Using photography and sound only, produce a 2-3 minute video to be projected on Thursday, November 8.

The resolution of the film should be 1280×720 dpi (720p). Compression should be H.264. You may use color or black and white. You may use ambient sound, foley sound and/or music. Avoid making a music video.

There should be a title card at the beginning, with the title, your name, and my name. It should be white text on black. Do not spend any time working on the titles.

I will collect the video files on Tuesday November 6 and we will project the films on the 8th.

Please upload the films to a new post and categorize it to assignment 6.

Bring in final printed storyboards in book form. Paste in your photographs, framed and cropped into the pages. Use quick shots that act as sketches to the more developed shots that will develop later.


Our visit to the Special Collections library included a look at the following photo narrative books from conceptual artists.

  1. Baldessari, John, Close-Cropped Tales
  2. Calle, Sophie, Suite Vénitienne.
  3. Calle, Sophie, Exquisite Pain.
  4. Ruscha & Weiner, Hard Light.
  5. Michals, Duane, Sequences.
  6. Snow, Michael, Cover to Cover.
  7. Frank, Robert, One Hour.

Bring in at least 300 blank sheets of text-weight paper to bind in class on Thursday.

Collect images that demonstrate possible stylistic look and feels of your end piece. Bring in printed examples or an organized gallery (tumblr, pinterest) of references.

We will be watching this in class. This is the French subtitled version.


Please upload a pdf of your poster with a jpg image to the website and assign the post to Assignment 5.

Bring in your final physical poster on Tuesday. It should be trimmed to exactly 24×36 and be suitable for hanging in the Graphic Design Gallery. I will store the posters in a flat file cabinet until then, so no need to bring it rolled up.

We are beginning a new assignment today. The final deliverable, due November 6th, will be a 2-3 minute film made up of still images and sound.

For Tuesday of next week, please bring in three stories that you might want to work with. Your film may work with a portion of one of the stories. Choose a range of stories, from first-person memoirs, to fiction, to historical non-fiction. It should be subject matter that interests you and may be visualized.

In selecting your story, look for a clear plot and vivid character descriptions.
Keep in mind that your narrative should have a distinct beginning,
middle and end.

Also, consult the reading list for this unit, making sure to purchase David Mamet’s On Directing Film.

Below is a list of story structures prepared by Tom Wedell, which may help.
• Action: Non-stop chasing, fighting, etc.
• Adventure: Heroes and incredible action in escapist fun.
• Biographic drama: A story of a real life.
• Body swap: Being someone else.
• Caper: Loveable rogues pull off big heist without hurting people.
• Chase: Pursuit, crashes, stunts and capture (perhaps).
• Chick Flick: Fun for women.
• Classroom drama: Emotional students and brilliant teachers.
• Comedy: Funny things happen to funny people.
• Crime: Good guys catch bad guys.
• Disaster: Terrible things happen. People survive.
• Drama: Just everyday excitement.
• Escape: Good people captured by bad people. Escape themselves.
• Espionage: Spies, counterspies and political secrets.
• Fantasy: Wizards and heroes battle with monsters. Good guys win.
• Horror: Scary things trigger fear.
• Journey: A process or course likened to traveling; a passage.
• Kitchen-sink drama: Mundane stuff at home.
• Mystery: Solving puzzles.
• Pioneer: People go to strange places. Discover themselves.
• Psychological thriller: Scary and subtle excitement.
• Rescue: Saving people from harm.
• Romance: The path of true love is not smooth, but it is inevitable.
• Science fiction: One of the above, set in the future.
• Slapstick: Comedy with custard.
• Survival: Man vs. nature. Man wins. Just.
• Swashbuckler: Pirates and daring on the Spanish Main.
• Thriller: Exciting things happen.
• Tragedy: Sad things happen. People die.
• War: Big battles. Good guys win in the end.
• Whodunnit: Detective detects who done it.

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Y For Thursday: Actual size poster

Design a 24″x36″ poster that promotes a social or political cause. The poster should designed to post in public and timed before the election on November 6. The election may or may not be an important factor in your poster. Imagine your poster also being postable on Facebook or a crowd-sourced website like “Green Patriot Posters.”

Your final poster is due October 11 and will need to be trimmed at 24×36″. The version due Tuesday may fit on an 11×17″ sheet of paper but should be trimmed proportionally to the final (2×3 ratio).

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