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Jack Beck

Interim School Co-Director
School of Film and Animation
College of Art and Design

585-475-2761
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Jack Beck

Interim School Co-Director
School of Film and Animation
College of Art and Design

Education

BA, Denison University; MFA, University of Iowa

585-475-2761

Currently Teaching

SOFA-407
4 Credits
Students work independently with their advisor towards completion of their capstone experience for their BFA degree. Students have a predetermined timeline and must complete all deadlines of that timeline to pass this thesis course including completion and public screening of finished work or final presentation of craft experience.
ITDI-101
3 Credits
Designed to give students in the honors program out-of-classroom learning opportunities. All students are required to keep a journal, attend pre-departure meetings, and present their project at the end of the course. Each student will develop their own project in consultation with the faculty member based on their academic field and the location of the course.
SOFA-202
4 Credits
This course is an introduction to all aspects of professional film/video narrative production. Students produce short projects while learning basic shooting and crewing procedures, studio protocol, equipment handling and maintenance, and basic sync editing.
SOFA-621
3 Credits
In this course students will complete their first full semester production. Students must decide on a concept, develop a treatment, write a script or research a non-fiction subject. Student will produce a film complete with mixed track and finished titles and credits.
SOFA-499
0 Credits
Cooperative Education will provide Film and Animation students with hands-on experience in their field, directly related to a student’s major with an established studio or related business. Students will need to apply for co-ops, and interview as part of the selection process, based on available positions posted by the Co-op and Career Services Office, or found through the students’ own research. In programs where co-op is a degree requirement, students must obtain permission of their program or graduate director prior to enrollment. Co-ops are typically paid work experience, and can be part-time (150-479 total hours within the term), or full-time (480+ hours within the term). Co-ops may be one or two consecutive terms - fall, spring, or summer – with department permission.
SOFA-599
1 - 6 Credits
SOFA Independent Study will provide students with the ability to study in a specialized area with an individual faculty member. Students, with the assistance of a faculty adviser, should propose a course of study or project with clearly defined deliverables. Students must obtain permission of an instructor and complete the Independent Study Permission Form to enroll. Student must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA to apply.
SOFA-799
1 - 4 Credits
Film and Animation Graduate Independent Study will provide students with the ability to study in a specialized area with an individual faculty member. Students, with the assistance of a faculty adviser, should propose a course of study or project with clearly defined deliverables. Students must obtain permission of an instructor and complete the Independent Study Permission Form to enroll. Student must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA to apply.
SOFA-692
3 Credits
This course is one of three in the study of film sound theory. Through readings, focused group discussion, viewing of and listening to select films, the course promotes critical analysis of the varied and profound uses of effects in sound design. Addressed is the history of effects from the early sound era to the modern design. The concepts studied include the modal changes in point-of-audition, and positioning across diegeses. Other topics include complementarity and the acousmatic.
SOFA-890
4 Credits
This is the second of two courses designed to advance a student towards completion of their thesis. Students will work independently on their approved plan of work for their thesis while meeting on a regular basis with their committee chair. They are required to meet at least twice with their full committee during the semester as well as present a final screening of their thesis.
SOFA-602
4 Credits
This course is an introduction to all aspects of professional film/video narrative production. Students produce short projects while learning basic shooting and crewing procedures, studio protocol, equipment handling and maintenance, and basic sync editing.
SOFA-512
3 Credits
This course is one of three in the study of film sound theory. Through readings, focused group discussion, and the viewing of/listening to select films, the course promotes critical analysis of the varied and profound uses of effects in sound design. Addressed is the history of effects from the early sound era to the modern design. The concepts studied include the modal changes in point-of-audition, and positioning across diegeses. Other topics like complementarity and the acousmetre acousmatic are also addressed.
SOFA-790
4 Credits
This is the first of two courses designed to advance a student towards completion of their thesis. Students will work independently on their approved plan of work for their thesis while meeting on a regular basis with their committee chair. They are required to meet at least twice with their full committee during the semester.
SOFA-511
3 Credits
This course is one of three in the study of film sound theory. Through readings, focused group discussion, and the viewing of/listening to select films, the course promotes critical analysis of the varied and profound uses of music in sound design. Addressed is the history of music from the silent era to the modern score. The concepts studied include the modal changes in point-of-audition, and positioning across diegeses. Newer topics including audio-visualization and ventriloquism theory are also addressed.
SOFA-691
3 Credits
This course is one of three in the study of film sound theory. Through readings, focused group discussion, and the viewing of/listening to select films, the course promotes critical analysis of the varied and profound uses of music in sound design. Addressed is the history of music from the silent era to the modern score. The concepts studied include the modal changes in point-of-audition, and positioning across diegeses. Newer topics including audio-visualization and ventriloquism theory are also addressed.
SOFA-399
0 Credits
Cooperative Education will provide School of Film and Animation students with hands-on experience in their field, directly related to a student’s major with an established studio or related business. Students will need to apply for co-ops, and interview as part of the selection process, based on available positions posted by the Co-op and Career Services Office, or found through the students’ own research. In programs where co-op is a degree requirement, students must obtain permission of their program or graduate director prior to enrollment. Co-ops are typically paid work experience, and can be part-time (150-479 total hours within the term), or full-time (480+ hours within the term). Co-ops may be one or two consecutive terms - fall, spring, or summer – with department permission.
SOFA-406
4 Credits
Students work independently with their advisor towards completion of their capstone experience for their BFA degree. Students have a predetermined timeline and must complete all deadlines to pass this course.
SOFA-213
4 Credits
Students will produce at least one major artistic work that uses the moving image. This course demands the use of alternative expressions in concept, style, or technology, and students are encouraged to take risks, break "rules" and explore their own unique creative potential. Students may work in a variety of media, depending on their proficiencies and their vision of the project. Non-majors are welcome with the permission of instructor. Students will complete projects for screening at the end of the semester. Students can retake this course as a SOFA elective once they have completed Fiction Workshop or Documentary Workshop.

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Invited Keynote/Presentation
Beck, Jack A. "Re-Defining Focalized Sound: The Convergence of POA, Suspension, and Extension." CILECT North America Sound Conference: Sound & Storytelling. Chapman University. Orange, CA. 23 Mar. 2018. Conference Presentation.
Beck, Jack A. "Captured!: The Obsession of Powerful/less, Mediated Voice in Cinema." UFVA : Stories Without Borders. New Mexico State University. Las Cruces, NM. 25 Jul. 2018. Conference Presentation.
Beck, Jack A. "A Case for Spectral Music: Score that Inhabits the Diegesis." UFVA - Media Diversity: Inclusion and Convergence. Cal State University, LA. Los Angeles, CA. 1 Aug. 2017. Conference Presentation.
Beck, Jack A. "Challenges and New Approaches to Teaching Music and Sound in Film/New Media." GEECT - Music and Sound Design: When Theory Meets Practice. GEECT at the National Library. Vilnius, Lithuania. 29 Sep. 2017. Conference Presentation.
Beck, Jack. "A Call for the Mise-en-Bande in an Image-Centered Lexicon." UFVA Conference: Content Creation in the 21st Century. University of Las Vegas. Las Vegas, NV. 3 Aug. 2016. Lecture.
Beck, Jack. "Conveying Point of Audition for the Hearing-Impaired Character." UFVA Conference: Content Creation in the 21st Century. Las Vegas University. Las Vegas, NV. 1 Aug. 2016. Lecture.
Beck, Jack. "SOFA Request for Membership." CILECT Congress. Griffith Film School. Brisbane, AUS, QLD. 21 Nov. 2016. Address.
Beck, Jack. "The Emergence of On-Screen, Graphic Text(ing)." UFVA Conference: Media With Impact. American University. Washington, DC. 6 Aug. 2015. Conference Presentation.
Shows/Exhibits/Installations
Beck, Jack. AUX1. 2007. Eight Festival Screenings, several cities. Exhibit.
Beck, Jack. Fossil Light. 2008. Twenty-One Film Fests, several cities, international, awards. Exhibit.
Beck, Jack. Church Wall, Sarajevo. Dec. 2016. Rochester Contemporary Museum Members Exhibition and Presentation, Rochester, NY. Exhibit.
Beck, Jack. Flour Alley, Dubrovnik, Croatia. Dec. 2015. Rochester Contemporary Museum Members Exhibition and Presentation, Rochester, NY. Exhibit.
Beck, Jack. Morning Light, Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia. Dec. 2015. Image City Photo Gallery, Rochester, NY. Exhibit.