Daniel Houghton

Arts Technology Specialist

 
 work(802) 443-5746
 Tuesdays & Thursdays 9-11am and by appointment.
 Davis Family Library 216

I teach animation and video production at Middlebury College. My animations have been featured on The Atlantic, Wired, Huffington Post, Vimeo Staff Picks, the Maysles Institute in New York City, the Suzanne Animation Festival in Amsterdam, PBS, Vermont PBS, the Vermont International Film Festival, Port Townsend International Film Festival, the Hong Kong Arts Center and over 250 blogs.

 

Courses

Course List: 

Courses offered in the past four years.
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FMMC 0105 - Sight and Sound I      

Sight and Sound I
In this course students will gain a theoretical understanding of the ways moving images and sounds communicate, as well as practical experience creating time-based work. We will study examples of moving images as we use cameras, sound recorders, and non-linear editing software to produce our own series of short works. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the possibilities of the medium through experimentation, analysis, and detailed feedback while exploring different facets of cinematic communication. (FMMC 0101, or FMMC 0102, or approval of instructor) 3 hrs. lect./3 hrs. lab ART

Spring 2014

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FMMC 0285 - Producing Environmental Media      

Producing Environmental Media
Topic is determined by the instructor - refer to section for the course description. ART

Spring 2014

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FMMC 0335 - Sight and Sound II      

Sight and Sound II
In this course students will work in teams to produce several short films, having the opportunity to take turns at fulfilling all the essential crew positions: director, producer, cinematographer, production sound mixer, editor, and sound designer. We will emphasize thorough pre-production planning, scene design, cinematography, working with actors, and post production —including color correction and sound mixing. The critical dialogue established in FMMC 0105 Sight and Sound I will be extended and augmented with readings and screenings of outstanding independently produced work. Obtain application on FMMC website online and submit prior to the start of registration.(Approval-required; FMMC 0105). Obtain application from the FMMC website and submit prior to the start of registration. Priority given to FMMC majors. 3 hrs. lect./3 hrs. lab. ART

Fall 2014

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FMMC 0348 - 3D Computer Animation      

3D Computer Animation
3D computer animation has revolutionized animation, graphics, and special effects. In this course students will explore basic 3D modeling techniques, virtual material and texture creation, digital lighting, rendering, and animation. Every workshop will be hands on and fully immersed in this rapidly evolving technology. Students will leave with a strong conceptual understanding of the 3D graphics pipeline, a fundamental 3D skill set, options for further study, and an independent final animation project. 3 hrs. workshop ART

Fall 2014

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FMMC 0507 - Independent Project      

Advanced Independent work in Film and Media Culture
Guidelines for submitting proposals are available on the Film & Media Culture web site along with a list of prerequisites.

Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

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FMMC 0707 - Senior Independent Work      

Senior Honors Project in Film and Media Culture
During the first term of their senior year, students with a GPA of A- in film and media culture courses may apply to undertake a senior project (FMMC 0707) for honors, with the project to be completed the last term of the senior year.

Winter 2014, Winter 2015, Winter 2016, Winter 2017, Winter 2018

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FMMC 1018 - Cinematography      

Cinematography
Cinematography is an advanced video production course with a focus on narrative film lighting, composition, and camera movement. In this course we will produce 4-5 short video assignments, will complete a research presentation on a cinematographer, will learn lighting and camera movement techniques in a hands-on collaborative environment, and will attend lectures and screenings to develop a better understanding of the art and craft of Cinematography. Each day we will spend the first hour performing increasingly technical lighting and camera setups, the second hour learning about new concepts in a traditional lecture setting, and the third hour screening films. (FMMC 0105 or by approval) ART WTR

Winter 2014

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INDE 0500 - Independent Project      

Spring 2017, Spring 2018

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INTD 0215 / FMMC 0215 - 3D Computer Animation      

3D Computer Animation
3D computer animation has revolutionized animation, graphics, and special effects. In this course students will explore basic 3D modeling techniques, virtual material and texture creation, digital lighting, rendering, and animation. Every workshop will be hands on and fully immersed in this rapidly evolving technology. Students will leave with a strong conceptual understanding of the 3D graphics pipeline, a fundamental 3D skill set, options for further study, and an independent final animation project. 3 hrs. workshop ART

Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2017

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INTD 0500 - Independent Study      

Independent Study
Approval Required

Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018

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