Jacob Dodd

Assistant Professor


304C Marano Campus Center

Office hours

10:00 - 1:00
or by appointment

Spring 2019 Schedule

Jacob A. Dodd is an independent filmmaker and educator who creates short films in 35mm, 16mm, and Super 8mm motion picture formats. He specializes in personal memoir documentary and fiction filmmaking and combines traditional production techniques with experimental practices. Dodd has an MFA in Photography and Film from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BFA in Film, Photography, and Visual Arts from Ithaca College. Dodd's fascination lies in the linkage of time periods to examine private histories. He uses traditional film techniques to bring forth a feeling of nostalgia, a transcendence of time, and a sense of the familiar.

Dodd is an Assistant Professor of Cinema and Screen Studies at Oswego State University of New York. Dodd's films have been screened nationally and internationally, and have garnered several awards. Some notable film festivals include the Sharjah International Children's Film Festival in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, Lahore International Children's Film Festival in Lahore, Pakistan, the Children's Film Festival of Bangladesh, Portobello Film Festival in London, UK, Virginia Film Festival, Athens International Film + Video Festival, Big Muddy Film Festival, Rosebud Film & Video Festival, James River Film Festival, Johnstown Film Festival, Jacksonville Film Festival, and the DC Independent Film Festival.   

Performances and exhibitions

  • Navigators of the Shadow Ring, 20:00 3 Episodes (In Progress)
  • Rocky Horror Picture Show Select Scenes, 30:00, Color
  • Full Strength, 35mm/16mm/Super8mm, 15:00, color/black&white
  • The Baby in My Arms, 16mm, 2:30, color
  • Fahrenheit 451: Rear Screen Scenes, 16mm, 50:00, color
  • Spooks and Specters, 16mm, 2:30, color
  • Musical Travelog, 16mm, 27:00
  • Darkness There , S35mm, 22:00, b/w, color
  • Tide, S35mm, 10:00, color
  • St. Mary of the Assumption School, S16mm, 7:00, color
  • A Man Called Alex, 16mm, 2:00, color
  • Nunna Mia e la Barca, 16mm, 12:45, color

Classes taught


CSS 335/800 TR 11:10-12:30 322 Marano CC
CSS 385/800 TR 3:00-6:00 Mahar Hall 6
CSS 485/800 TR 2:20-3:40 Mahar Hall 6

CSS 335 INTERMEDIATE CINEMA PRODUCTION-The primary goal of this course is to create a solid foundation in the art and discipline of cinematography from pre-production to post production. Through painting with light and using cinematographic tools we will discover how to solve problems by helping each other in a team effort. Throughout the course the student will learn how to compose, light, and create 16mm b/w and color motion pictures. HD cinematography and post-production will also be discussed as it applies to professional practice. Narrative and documentary theories will be stressed, and the students will participate in directing and producing a final short film ready for a public screening.

CSS 385 CHILDREN'S LITERATURE AND FILM-The objective of the course it to explore, analyze, and adapt classic works of Children’s Literature to short motion picture films. Emphasis is placed on thinking, imagining, and creating works from the perspective of a child spectator in order to make films that are personal, original, and appropriate for a young audience. Throughout the course, the students will learn how to write, design, shoot, hand-develop, audio mix, and edit Super 8mm children’s color motion pictures. 

CSS 485 EXPERIMENTAL FILMMAKING-This course introduces the student filmmaker to the processes and practice of making avant-garde or “underground” cinematic works.  It focuses on the filmmaker as artist rather than director/storyteller.  From thinking conceptually about ideas to merging other art forms, students engage with the moving image material in unique and original ways.   Explorations include: performance art, direct 16mm animation, hand-processing Super 8 film, and structural video art.