Photonarration

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
311PHN credit 1 10 hours (45 min) of instruction per semester, 18 to 23 hours of self-study English winter and summer

Subject guarantor

Jitka HEJTMANOVÁ

Name of lecturer(s)

Jitka HEJTMANOVÁ

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Developing storytelling skills. It does not matter if we write or draw, speak or take photographs – to tell a story successfully we simply have to follow certain rules.

Mode of study

Practical seminar. Assignment specification will be the content of our 1st meeting. Students will continue to work individually. There are two more meetings: Work in progress session and the final session when the results are handed in.

FIXED SCHEDULE OF THE COURSE:

Intro meeting: Thursday, November 3 - 9:00AM - 9:45AM (all students attend, splitting into the groups, ROOM 1)

ERASMUS students: Monday, November 14 - 10:40AM - 2:50PM (Erasmus only)

Group 1 meeting: Monday, November 14 - 9:00AM - 10:35AM (only students in GROUP 1)

Group 2 meeting: Thursday, November 17 - 9:00AM - 10:35AM (only students in GROUP 2)

Group 3 meeting: Thursday, November 24 - 9:00AM - 10:35AM (only students in GROUP 3)

1st meeting takes place in Room 1, all other meetings take place in Jitka's office, 4th floor, room 439

Prerequisites and co-requisites

A digital camera would be great. A cell phone is sufficient, too.

Course contents

The exercise was developed in order to provide condensed basic knowledge of the visual component in storytelling.

The topic of the exercise does not have to be linear narration, documentary and visual essay stories are also welcome. We do not resemble films storyboards - we try to built an dramatic arc of the story through a narrative based exclusively on photography without any textual assistance.

(Students are asked to pay attention even to unknowingly captured graphic symbols that can shift the meaning of the image.)

Students - non-photographers are led to perceive the image in its complexity, to read image plans and to attempt to faithfully transfer their imagination to two-dimensional representation. Explaining words are not accepted, there is nothing like “we see THIS at the photo“. Photograph is the message itself.

In the frame of (maximum) sixteen photographs selected, students tell the story in 3 steps.

-1. they learn the assignment and start working on it

-2. they present the pictures on computer screen to the teacher and their colleagues - fellow students.

“Do we read or do not read the story in the pictures?”

-3. The result of phase 3 never corresponds with the intention of phase 2.

Over the printed images, students learn that Montage is as creative part of creation as inventing the story and shooting it. Often, the beginning becomes the end of the picture series and we may end up with only 12 pictures on the table.

The learning outcome is on the one hand the awareness of the limits of the image without text and on the other hand the power of the meaningful image.

This exercise focuses on learning process and doesn't emphasize the final output. Our aim is to learn through mistakes and avoid repeating them.

Recommended or required reading

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Assessment methods and criteria

The exact date and time of photographs delivery will be discussed with students during the 1st meeting.

100% attendance and good performance is required.

Note

a) it is important to attend the intro session to learn the nature of the assignment

b) reminder of the key aspects of the exercise: landscape pics only, aspect ratio kept in all images, 2 - 4 MB of size each photograph, be careful with the graphic signs/design within the frame - they can be misleading, maximum 16 delivered pictures (the final selection can me even less).

Schedule for winter semester 2022/2023:

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Schedule for summer semester 2022/2023:

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