This course teaches techniques fundamental to the craft of moving image creation, including cinematography, lighting, sound recording, and editing. It also provides a conceptual framework for video as an art medium. Students will build individual technical skills while developing an aesthetic vocabulary based on medium-specific audiovisual qualities. Throughout the term we will screen a broad range of examples of film and video works of genres both familiar and perhaps alien. We will address ideas and techniques spanning storytelling and nonnarrative approaches, fiction and nonfiction, linear and nonlinear structures (such as web-based projects), abstraction and representation. We’ll spend equal time on the technical skills and the creative possibilities of sound and image editing.