Spring 2014

The Film Portrait

Listed in: Art and the History of Art, as ARHA-227  |  Film and Media Studies, as FAMS-227


Adam R. Levine (Section 01)


This introductory production workshop focuses on the history and practice of film and video portraiture. The class will begin by considering the portrait’s origins in figurative art and still photography before identifying the ways in which the film portrait uses strategies unique to the moving image to convey character and meaning. We will then  trace the development of the genre while also considering its intersections with narrative, documentary and experimental film.

The aim of the course is both analytic and creative. We will be looking at a variety of approaches and issues related to portraiture in an attempt to develop both common and  contested definitions that can be applied to our own filmmaking practice. Each student will complete in-class exercises and individual video projects that seek to reveal the nature of people, places and objects through sound and image. The class will also cover the fundamentals of cinematography, lighting, audio recording and editing and discuss how these technological considerations influence the portrayal of a subject.

Limited to 12 students.  Spring semester.  Visiting Professor Levine.

If Overenrolled: Priority to ARHA/FAMS majors, then attention will be given to achieving a mix of majors and Five College participation.


Artistic Practice, Fine Arts for Non-majors


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2014