Fall 2021 - IAT 344 D100

Moving Images (3)

Class Number: 4898

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    SRYC 5380, Surrey

  • Prerequisites:

    Minimum of 48 units and IAT 202 with a minimum grade of C-.



Reviews and consolidates the fundamentals of digital video production, including camera and composition skills, the role of sound, lighting, and continuity and montage editing. Students will review and analyze works from traditional cinema and from contemporary digital video. The course will reinforce fundamental skills and extend the student's abilities to use a range of digital production, post-production, and presentation techniques.


Course Description

Reviews and consolidates the fundamentals of digital video production, including camera and composition skills, the role of sound, lighting and continuity and montage editing.  The course will reinforce fundamental skills and extend the student's abilities to use a range of digital production, post-production and presentation techniques. The course has been redesigned for online delivery, and focuses on remote-filmmaking techniques with readily available tools and technologies.

This semester we will partner with the Museum of Vancouver to produce short documentaries related to Covid-19 for their future exhibition on the topic. Work produced in the course that is of high enough quality may be included in a major museum exhibition.

Anyone visiting one of SFU’s campuses is asked to wear a non-medical mask in all indoor public areas. Public areas include building entryways and atriums, hallways, stairwells, washrooms and study areas.  Proper mask use procedures: https://www.worksafebc.com/en/resources/health-safety/posters/help-prevent-spread-covid-19-how-to-use-mask?lang=en


Course Objectives
In this course, students will: Explore a range of creative possibilities for producing media with everyday digital tools, in order to support social distancing and health; Develop their foundation skills in digital (DSLR) camera operation, exposure and composition; Demonstrate the ability to plan, produce, edit and display digital video productions; Demonstrate their ability to effectively combine sound and picture; Demonstrate their ability to manipulate and layer digital video imagery using a variety of computer-based post-production techniques; Demonstrate their ability to use digital technology to display and exhibit moving image and sound experiences; Build a moving image Portfolio that includes individually and team produced video works.


  • Video: Documentary or Continuity Narrative 45%
  • Online Portfolio 10%
  • Weekly Lab Deliverables 30%
  • Midterm Assignment 10%
  • Participation 5%


* This is a draft of assignment and grade distribution; final assignments, grade distribution and due dates will be confirmed during the first week of class.



Students will need to sign-up for Lynda.com accounts through the SFU library portal.  These accounts are a free service offered by the SFU library.  You must always log in via the library to get access to your free account.  Please sign-up before the first day of class.


Available via Canvas and SFU library 


Suggested readings:

Documentary Media by Broderick Fox (Routledge, 2017)

Documentary Voice & Vision by Kelly Anderson (Routledge, 2017)

The Practical Guide to Documentary Editing by Sam Billinge (Routledge, 2017)

Film Arts: An Introduction ( McGraw Hill)

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.