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Jacob Dodd

Assistant Professor


307 Marano Campus Center

Office hours

Spring 2017
Tuesday & Thursday 11:05 - 12:25
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

Spring 2017 Courses

CSS 235/800 TR 9:35-10:55 322 Marano CC
CSS 336/800 W 3:00-6:00 322 Marano CC
CSS 385/800 TR 2:20-3:40 322 Marano CC

CSS 235-Is an introductory production course focused on digital video/ film production. You will learn how to successfully take a short screenplay and transform it into moving images using the Classical Narrative Paradigm (a beginning, middle and an end, or, Act I, Act II, Act III). You will learn how to attract an audience, and affect them emotionally, using tension and release. The class will utilize the three-tier studio model of pre-production, production and post-production, along with a “green-light” process for their final project. You will learn the importance of storyboarding, scripting, casting, scheduling and budgeting. Students will acquire an understanding of and practical experience with basic video production techniques through hands-on practice, class discussions, lectures, assignments and readings.  Production techniques include: pre-production, camera, lighting, audio techniques, set-up and execution of on-location/set production as well as film production and post-crew positions and responsibilities.

CSS 336-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 385-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.