A&V Film Project

Faculty: John Bailly


Jesse Meadows (A&V 2011), Oneirology, 2011.

Make a film about anything you wish. This project is that simple.

You select the issue to address and the format in which you address it. Your films can take the form of a narrative, documentary, comedy, or artistic reflection. They can address very specific issues (your life, Patriot Act, minority rights in Miami…) or address larger questions (Is a true democracy possible?, What is art?, Are myths true?…). Conceptually, you can take a strong and definite stand on an issue or you may create a more reflective film that poses questions rather than declares a position.

Students have a great amount of creative freedom for this project. They must, however, demonstrate a thorough understanding of the issues they address.

The format of this project must a time-based media: PowerPoint, iMovie, video, film or other media. You may appropriate existing images, but they must be altered in some manner. For example, you may edit the work heavily or distort it in some manner. You may recruit actors and/or other film crew, such as an editor. However, students must assume and retain the role of directors. The film must be your ideas and you must oversee every aspect of it, but you may delegate responsibilities.

NOTE:  DO NOT simply put existing images to existing music. DO NOT include any extended, unedited clips from existing videos.

Students will work individually for this project. Each student will produce one video/slideshow for presentation to the class. It must be 3 minutes duration or less (strictly enforced).

You must upload a copy of your film onto the internet, on Vimeo, Facebook or Youtube (free). Please make sure to test your upload prior to attending class.

You must provide a link of your project to John Bailly. You must also provide two written descriptions. One must be an abstract that is no longer than 150 words that is posted with the link. The other should be a more detailed explanation of the project. Both must be submitted to http://www.turnitin.com/static/home.html.

Similar to a research paper, all sources must be cited for a film project. If you uitlize an exisiting film for inspiration or incorporate clips or pictures from someone else, you cite those sources in your film credits. Failure to do is plagiarism.

Originality of content

Originality of method
Relationship of content to method

All current FIU students can loan media equipment from University Technology Services. UTS is located on the ground floor of the Green Library.