Jacob Dodd

Assistant Professor


304C Marano Campus Center

Office hours

Fall 2018
10:00 - 1:00
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


CSS 235/800 TR 12:45-2:05 6 Mahar Hall
CSS 336/800 W 3:00-6:00 6 Mahar Hall
CSS 337/800 TR 3:55-5:15 6 Mahar Hall

CSS 235 INTRO TO CINEMA PRODUCTION-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 336 CINEMATOGRAPHY-Students will research and engage in the art of cinematography through hands on workshops and collaborative seminars designed to enhance their creative use of light, shadow, movement, color, shot duration, and composition. The role of the director of photography will be explored in-depth beginning from collaboration with the director through camera selection to final execution and color correction. Emphasis will be placed on preparation for fictional narrative and documentary productions. The student will develop artistic strategies and crew managerial skills that shape motion picture aesthetics and utilize the full fidelity of motion picture imaging formats. All available cinema camera systems will be stressed including: Super 8mm, Ultra 16mm Arriflex SR, and DSLR HD Video. The creative options of the 16mm and DSLR prime lens packages will be fully highlighted in the course. Students will execute film emulsion tests, lens tests, lighting demonstrations, and complete dramatic scenes focused on building an argument for their chosen stylistic approach. The semester will conclude with each student completing a short film in which they are the sole director of photography on a peer production.

CSS 337 MOTION PICTURE EDITING-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.