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Jacob Dodd

Assistant Professor


304C Marano Campus Center

Office hours

Fall 2017
Tuesday & Thursday 11:15 - 12:45
Wednesday 1:00 - 2:00
or by appointment

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

Fall 2017 Courses

CSS 235/800 TR 9:35-10:55 322 Marano CC
CSS 337/800 W 3:00-6:00 6 Mahar Hall
CSS 485/800 TR 2:20-3:40 6 Mahar Hall

CSS 235-This course presents the basic concepts, techniques, and processes of cinema production. Throughout the course the student will learn how to write, storyboard, shoot, and edit an electronic motion picture using digital SLR cameras. Digital video post production processes will be introduced. Narrative, documentary, and experimental theories will be discussed, and the students will participate in directing and producing a final short video for a public screening.

CSS 337-This course provides a comprehensive experience in film and video editing both in theory and in practice. The student navigates and organizes within photo-chemical, digital, and hybrid post-production workflows.  Motion picture images are assembled using a traditional film splicer as well as organized virtually in video editing software.  Learning objectives include deploying concepts of continuity, montage, and parallel editing into completed short films and videos.  The semester concludes with a 10-20 minute final that the student edits on video from another student production. 

CSS 485-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.