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 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.
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.
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.