Towery, ART 108

Directorial Assignment

The requirements of the assignment are as follows:

         -- At least 100 frames on your card or 2 rolls of slide film

         -- At least 4 DIFFERENT set up attempts.

         -- At least 4 "items" of prints (series, sequences or one-shot deals)

         The objective of this assignment if for you to take complete control of the situation in which you are photographing.  You should not seek out situations to photograph, but rather create things or events to photograph.  You are the director -- take charge.  Cropping is not allowed in this assignment.  Since you will have complete control of the situation, it will be easy for you to frame within the camera. 

         Here are some suggestions, they should be used as guidelines and are not requirements:

         1.  The still life: This is a tradition in art reaching back thousands of years.  It is not as narrow as it may sound.  It is not necessarily a plate of food or a bunch of flowers; almost any controlled situation qualifies as a still life.
         Lighting is critical -- remember to bracket.

         2.  The narrative: In a narrative you should be conscious  of the passage of time that is suggested by the series of  images.  Perhaps, use friends as actors and do a sequence of photographs that tell a story.  Narratives are not always inclusive of people; perhaps extend the still life  tradition into narrative.  Remember, the story is only as  effective as the way you tell it.

         3.  Non-narrative sequences: These are groups of images,  related conceptually or visually, that do not tell a story.  Think of visual poetry or music.

         4.  Visual jokes or puns: These can be humorous, subtle, sarcastic or playful.  Any humorous situation that is staged falls   into this category.

         Do not hesitate to try any ideas that you may have.  You don't necessarily have to project them in class.  Explore many ideas before settling on the final solution.  Metering and bracketing will be crucial.  If you use a figure, fully direct their body language, clothing, gestures, environment etc.