Montage Project:



In this project students were introduced to: 1) modernist concepts of montage in film, 2) collage in art, and 3) the cut-up method in literature.  The montage project had several componenets, including the creation of a text using Surrealist Word Games, such as Exquisite Corpse and the Latent News.  Students then took their cut-up texts into SU's audio recording studio to create a voice over track for their montage film.  Using video taken in and out of class, students create a montage film in which the various shots and cuts correspond exactly to the rhythm and cadence of the voice over track.  


ARTIST SPOTLIGHT/SCREENING: Nam June Paik (various works); Woody and Steina Vasulka Vocabulary and Heraldic View; Andy Warhol (various works); Dziga Vertov Man with a Movie Camera, Sergei Eisenstein Battleship Potemkin, Hollis Frampton Zorns Lemma; Picasso/Braque, Dada, Tristan Tzara, William Burroughs’ “The Invisible Generation.” Brion Gysin, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Gary Hill Round and About, Darren Aronofsky Pi (excerpts) and Requiem for a Dream (excerpts), Jonas Mekas Hare Krishna, Alfred Hitchcock Psycho (shower scene), Stan Brakhage Cat’s Cradle.


PROJECT TWO:  Hip Hop Montage/ Hard Cuts, Transitions, and Tools in Final Cut Pro- Using footage from the scavenger hunt, students will create a video art project inspired by Darren Aronofsky (Pi and Requiem for a Dream), who coined the term Hip Hop Montage.   For one thing, Hip Hop Montage has nothing to do with Hip Hop, per se.  To understand what Hip Hop Montage is, one must know what the word montage means.  Montage is a technique in film editing in which a series of short shots are edited into a sequence to condense space, time, and information.  When shots in a montage are brief in duration (e.g. 3 seconds or less), it is called fast cutting, which can be used to convey a lot of information very quickly, or to imply either energy or chaos. Fast cutting is also frequently used when shooting dialogue between two or more characters, changing the viewer's perspective to either focus on the reaction of another character's dialog, or to bring to attention the non-verbal actions of the speaking character.  One famous example of fast cutting is the shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock's film Psycho (1960). A Hip Hop Montage is a subset of fast cutting used in film to portray a complex action through a rapid series of simple actions in fast motion.  The term Hip Hop is used in conjunction with this sort of montage due to the rapidity of the film cuts; a fast rhythm, like Hip Hop music.  We will create a video art piece using the technique of Hip Hop Montage to cut up and reassemble video shot in the scavenger hunt.  Refer specifically to Gary Hill’s Around and About for inspiration.  We will match a voice over track to a montage of shots, being careful to keep the rhythm of the words matched to the rhythm of shots


Student Work Examples:

NEW MEDIA I (Student Reviews at Bottom of Page)

Jenna O. Diary of a ProjectMontage Project: New Media 1 Fall 2015

Drew F. Remeber the Playground. Montage Project: New Media 1 Fall 2015

Evan S. Forget Everything. Montage Project: New Media 1 Spring 2015

Elijah D. What Is Art? Montage Project: New Media 1 Spring 2015

Visual Music/Music Video:

In this project students made video art in a painterly fashion, experimenting with abstraction and design principles/elements.


ARTIST SPOTLIGHT/SCREENING: Wassily Kandinsky, Stan Brakhage, Oskar Fischinger, Mary Ellen Bute, Norman McLaren, Len Lye, Jordan Belson, John Whitney, Jean Panleve, Joshua Light Show, Stanley Kubrik (2001), Antonioni (Zabriskie Point).


PROJECT THREE:  Students will create a Video Art Piece based on the Visual Music of Jordan Belson, Stan Brakhage, and Oskar Fischinger.   Students will experiment with Final Cut Pro Effects, Filters, Composting Effects, and Mattes to create abstract/semi-abstract images out of representational video footage.  Students will also learn how to import sound/music into Final Cut Pro and then match the video edits to the imported sound/music.  The finished product will be a piece of Visual Music.


Student Work Examples:

Jenna O. B/W. Music Video: Project: New Media 1 Fall 2015

Kelly H. Cry Me A River. Music Video: Project: New Media 1 Fall 2015

Drew F. N/A. Music Video: Project: New Media 1 Fall 2015

Green Screen Project:

In this project students were introduced to green screen technology in an art practice.  


ARTIST SPOTLIGHT/SCREENING: Maya Deren Meshes of the Afternoon, Peter Campus Three Transitions, Vito Acconci The Red Tapes (excerpts), Vito Acconci Theme Song, John Baldessari I Am Making Art, Gary Hill Figuring Grounds, Buster Keaton Sherlock Jr., Robbie Rackleff (various works)


PROJECT FOUR:  THE CLONE WAR- Students will each create a storyboard/screenplay for a green screen project.  The storyboard must be at least 6 frames/cells, but no more than 12.  There must be at least one long/medium shot, one medium shot, and two close ups.   The topic of PROJECT FOUR is cloning.  Our society is grappling with the ethics and safety of cloning, but I want you to imagine that you have successfully cloned yourself.  I want you to imagine what kind of discussions you and your clone might have.  Will you make deals with your clone?  Maybe your clone will help you with chores or schoolwork in return for you doing something for your clone?  Maybe you will fight with your clone over who is the real and who is the copy?  Maybe your clone makes you work for him/her, instead of the other way around?  Maybe your clone threatens to leave and start a new life?  Maybe you and your clone discuss deep philosophic ideas?  Maybe you and your clone become best friends? You must research cloning and find one article in the news or from a scholarly journal that discusses the ethics of cloning.  Bring in your research to class and be prepared to discuss.  Once you have an idea, you will be turning it into a script and a storyboard.  You are the lead actor(s) and you are going to have a discussion with yourself using Green Screen Technology.  Draw the storyboard out on paper.  Make sense of your story using visuals.  Compose long shots, medium shots, and close ups to create drama.   In the HD TV Studios and using SU provided cameras, shoot footage in front of the Green Screen that reflects the storyboard and script.  Using After Effects and/or Motion, key out the green and leave an erased background.  Then assemble you footage in Final Cut Pro.  The background can be footage from PROJECTS TWO/THREE .  The final project must be at least 30 seconds long.


Student Work Examples:

Michael S. Tree Arms. Green Screen Project: New Media 1 Fall 2015

Michael S. Fly Away. Green Screen Project: New Media 1 Fall 2015

Jade R. Change of Scale Can Be Deadly. Green Screen Project: New Media 1 Spring 2015

Text Based Project:

In this project students were introduced to motion graphics and text. 


ARTIST SPOTLIGHT/SCREENING: Kenneth Koch, Barbara Kruger, Jenny Holzer, Saul Bass.


PROJECT FIVE:   MOTION/AFTER EFFECTS TEXT BASED PROJECT- Students will use design principles (unity, balance, emphasis, focal point, scale, proportion, and rhythm) and design elements (line, shape, color, texture, space, and form) to create a Motion Graphics Text Project.  The Text Project is based on the writings of Kenneth Koch and his 1001 Avant-Garde Plays. The Project must use key framing and video generators and must be at least 30 seconds long.



Student Examples:

Jenna O. Pose, Print, Fax. Text Based Project New Media 1 Fall 2015

Reeves D. One Hen, Two Ducks. Text Based Project New Media 1 Fall 2015

Student Reviews

What aspects of instruction did you feel were most positive?


  • I appreciated that you can tell that Gladden is really passionate about his medium. You can tell by the way he talks about movies he shows us and about the work we create.

  • The instructor always has a positive attitude and is very helpful to the students.

  • This class was so much fun. My favorite part was the variety of projects and learning how to use new programs like Final Cut Pro and Motion. Mr. Gladden is super funny and is easy to relate to, and I liked that he always gave us visual examples. He isn't intimidating and I like that I can ask him questions without getting nervous. He seems to appreciate everyone's work for one reason or another.

  • It was an organized class. We went from one project to the next. Humorous and enthusiastic professor made it easier to understand and learn the material.

  • Truly a great professor. He knows an insane amount of information about various forms of art. Really did a great job of showing students the different software we used for the class. The majority of the students had never used Final Cut or After Effects before and it can look like a whole different language to a first-time viewer. But in just a couple class periods he got everyone to the point where they could independently work on their projects. He allowed for endless creativity

    on all projects. He loves when people try something different, and I never once felt nervous about going to far outside of the box. He gave us plenty of examples to base our work off of if we weren't sure. I'm honestly upset I didn't know about these courses earlier in my college career, as I would have loved to take the next New Media with Professor Gladden.

  • Professor was willing to explain something as many times as needed until everyone in the class understood it. He was really understanding and helpful when issues with projects would arise.

  • Learned a lot about surrealism

  • Learning all of the video editing programs was great!

  • Enthusiasm for the course

  • The course was easy for the most part. There was a lot of variety from what everybody made.

  • Every aspect was great

  • Everything about the instruction was incredibly positive and useful. I learned a lot from this class that I found very interesting and I hope to use it in my future. This course has increased my interest in New Media and I hope to take later courses that I will learn more from. This course was by far my most favorite this semester.

  • He's very enthusiastic about this class and is readily available to help students with their projects. He encourages questions during instructions which made it a lot easier for me to ask him to repeat something if I didn't catch it the first time.

  • Professor Gladden is knowledgeable about the content. He's laid back and open to ideas you may have for your project. Also if needed, Professor Gladden is ready to help at a moments notice.



What aspects of instruction did you like least?


  • I found little to no aspects of the class to be negative. Except maybe that it was three hours long, which I found it was hard to stay still for that long of a time.

  • While most projects were self explanatory, a list of minimum requirements per project (length, techniques we should use, clear indication of what kind of shots we need) would've been helpful for

    some students. Instructions for the most part were a bit convoluted in the syllabus we received on the first day of class and were easily looked over.

  • I felt like it was fast paced at times and rushed.


    At times we would watch full length films that could reach an hour long. I really didn't mind the strange, avant-garde films. In fact I enjoyed seeing what kind of work is out there. But when we

    would watch them for too long, it could get tiring.

  • Sometimes the criticism from the professor seemed objective instead of subjective.

  • Slow introduction to certain topics ie: 1hr long movies instead of clips

  • The availability of the computer programs need to be open to the students more. The instructor shouldn't have to come in to allow the students access to the room since its the only one with the

    software on it.

  • There wasn't anything about this course that I didn't like. I think Mr. Gladden is attentive and knows when we need more times for projects, so he understands students and that they have more than one class to attend to.

  • A lot of movies that may have put me to sleep a few times



What changes would you suggest to the instructor?


  • Structuring the demonstrations a bit more and keep to the demo and help people after the demo is done.

  • To devote a class on how to use final cut pro before starting the projects that involved the program. Maybe have one work day a week instead of screening every class, screening every class takes

    time away from working on the project.

  • Teach more classes and try to advertise new media more because I know tons of students would love to learn from him. I have already recommended the course to several of my friends who expect to

    take the class in the future.

  • Show parts of movies rather than whole movies

  • If there is a student who does not work up to your standards on a project, I would suggest talking to him/her in private rather than in front of the class. I think that scolding a student for his or her project in front of the entire class can be humiliating and hurtful for that student.

  • Consolidated ideas for topics of interest

  • Some of the movies are really painfully long and boring.



Additional comments?


  • Loved the class, thanks for a great semester!

  • I can't thank Professor Gladden enough for a great semester. He always replied quickly to e-mails and consistently goes out of his way to help students. He sent me an e-mail containing a link to job openings without any prior conversation about it! Really cares about his students and I fully intend on keeping in touch with him once I graduate. I know I can keep learning from him even when I'm not in a class of his.

  • Great course! Would take New media 2 if I wasn't graduating

  • Thank you for a great course, Mr. Gladden!

  • Mr. Gladden is the best! It was such a great class and I learned so much through exploring new programs. I've never done any computer/digital artwork, so it was a great thing to learn. Especially green screen and stop motion!

  • Excellent teacher

  • Devoted and energetic professor! Even though I have no further interest in this subject (New Media) I do think that my professors strong interest in the subject made it much more enjoyable.

New Media 1. First day of class ice breaker stop motion exercise, influenced by Robin Rhode and Norman McLaren. Spring 2015