4.366 Advanced Projects in the Visual Arts: Personal Narrative

As taught in: Spring 2004

A photo of people sitting at a mall bench with people walking by.

The ubiquitous American shopping mall, source of many personal narratives. (Photo © openphoto.net.)




Prof. Joe Gibbons

Course Features

Course Highlights

This advanced video class contains a complete set of assignments, and some of the best student projects from the class in the projects section.

Course Description

This advanced video class serves goes into greater depth on the topics covered in 4.351 , Introduction to Video. It also will explore the nature and function of narrative in cinema and video through exercises and screenings culminating in a final project. Starting with a brief introduction to the basic principles of classical narrative cinema, we will proceed to explore strategies designed to test the elements of narrative: story trajectory, character development, verisimilitude, time-space continuity, viewer identification, suspension of disbelief, and closure.

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .rm.