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Stephanie Maxwell

Professor
School of Film and Animation
College of Art and Design

585-475-6127
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School of Film and Animation Rochester Institute

Stephanie Maxwell

Professor
School of Film and Animation
College of Art and Design

Education

BA, University of California, Los Angeles; MFA, San Francisco Art Institute

Currently Teaching

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-630
2 Credits
This course is intended to introduce the student to the theory and practice of making animated films. Lectures, readings and classroom discussions will emphasize the history, theory and practice of animated filmmaking with extensive film screenings to illustrate various techniques and related aesthetics and ideas. A contrast and comparison of animation and live action film theory will elucidate the unique aesthetic and expressive properties of the animated film.
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.
SOFA-213
4 Credits
In this course, students 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 the vision of their project. Students from film and animation, fine arts, photography, performance arts, installation, crafts, music, multimedia, gaming, computer sciences, and other relevant disciplines are typically welcomed. Students complete projects for presentation at the SOFA public screenings. Students can retake this course as SOFA elective credit once they have completed either Fiction Workshop or Documentary Workshop.
SOFA-890
4 Credits
Students work independently according to their approved timeline on their thesis project. They must meet on a regular basis with their committee chair and at least twice with their full committee during the semester. This is the second of two courses designed to advance a student towards completion of their thesis. Once the thesis committee determines that the candidate has completed 50 percent or more of the project in Research and Thesis I the student should register for this course. Students must also write a Thesis Paper that summarizes in detail their thesis experience.
SOFA-717
4 Credits
This course is the students second experience producing a complete animated film individually or in collaboration with a classmate. In this workshop style course, students design and implement all phases of a single-frame film production and produce a short film with sound. Weekly meetings will discuss and critique the progress and merits of each student's work. Students will rely only on techniques learned in previous classes. The final film must be screened for the school community at the end of the course.
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-790
4 Credits
Students work independently according to their approved timeline on their thesis project. They must meet on a regular basis with their committee chair and at least twice with their full committee during the semester. This is the first of two courses designed to advance a student towards completion of their thesis. Once the thesis committee determines that the candidate has completed 50 percent or more of the project the student should register for SOFA-890-Research and Thesis.

Select Scholarship

Shows/Exhibits/Installations
Maxwell, Stephanie. Wild Water. By Jesse Chang. 2018. Internet, N/A. Performance.
National/International Competition Award Winner
Maxwell, Stephanie. Denver Underground Film Festival. Best Organic Experimental Short. Denver, CO, 2018.
Maxwell, Stephanie. Denver Underground Film Festival. Best Musical Score. Denver, CO, 2018.
Maxwell, Stephanie. Portoviejo Film Festival. International Experimental Short Film Award. Portoviejo, Ecuador, 2018.
Maxwell, Stephanie. Figueira FilmArt - Festival de Cinema da Figueira da Foz. International Experimental Short Film Award. Figueira da Foz, Portugal, 2018.
Maxwell, Stephanie. Headline International Film Festival. Award of Excellence. Toronto, Canada, 2018.