Film and Media

The production of moving imagery entails the combination of sound, movement and storyline in order to convey the required images and messages to an audience. The technological revolution and development of Internet media has meant that “moving images” exist all the more in our immediate environments. Moving images refer to a broad range of expressive media, from film to computer graphics, animation and photography. The concept behind this department’s work entails each student learning a broad cross-section of these various media as a means of refining his or her own expressive methods and sensibilities. While creating works of actual moving images, students will also be honing their ability to communicate with society. Yamagata is a region rich in moving imagery connections, functioning not only as the venue for a documentary film festival, but also the hosting of the filming of Studio Ghibli animation features as well as NHK historical fiction productions. The university also boasts cutting-edge digital video editing equipment and a filming studio.  Students will become adept at the use of various media as they seek a world of imagery that conveys their own originality. In previous years students have entered highly regarded works in the Agency for Cultural Affairs Media Arts Festival and in the computer graphics competition SIGGRAPH.

Cinema, Television and Advertising

Films and television shows are beyond the scope of a single individual. Such productions require a group of people working together on such elements as scenarios, camerawork, lighting, acting and editing. This department will train students in how to create moving images as a team effort, and each group will film and produce a work of moving images, such as a film, television show or commercial message. This department will hone students’ expressive abilities as they learn how to produce the desired storyline or message in moving images.  Students will enter works in competitions, and shoot some of their footage at onsite locations around town, learning about the real-world aspects of such work. Specialized equipment in the department, including video editing programs run on a Mac, will allow students to edit HD footage.

Animation

Animation has become one of the major forms of artistic expression in Japan. Indeed, Japanese anime films are now regularly shown on overseas television. Animation begins from scratch, from the creation of a scenario to the formation of scenes comprising characters and background imagery. Animation is a form of moving image expression that allows the creation of a singularly unique world. This department will address a wide variety of animation forms, from photography to such 3D forms of animation as clay figure animation and computer graphics.

Computer Graphics

Today computer graphics are widely used in various forms of moving imagery, including television commercials, video games and films. Computer graphics allows the artist to express elements that cannot be actually expressed in real life, greatly expanding our creative abilities. This department will use professional software such as SOFTIMAGE in order to produce high-quality moving image expression. Projects will cover a wide range of techniques, including the production of moving image computer graphics that have a video game-like feel or utilize virtual reality technology.

Photography

With the widespread introduction of digital cameras and mobile phone cameras, photography has become one of our essential means of communication. With the press of a button a photograph is born and that image greatly reflects the techniques, individuality and sensibility of the person who created it. This department will cover a range of topics, from photographing on location in town to choosing a theme and shooting freely to express that topic, and the use of imaging techniques using large format film. Students will explore not only the visual world as seen with the human eye, but also the expressive power found in colors, forms and moments of beauty that can only be caught through photography.
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