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 Robert Boffa
Dawson College
Department of Cinema Video and Communications
3040 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec

Hours:  Room 3B.3


Course Outlines, Links, Assignments and Handouts

iMovie Tutorials

Students Comment On Courses
and the CinCom Experience

Computer Lab Ecology 

Digital Storytelling Cookbook.pdf

FaceBook Profile and Associated Academic Sites 2007-09

Communication Practices Blog , F'08


Web Site ca. 2000

Related Links:

Film and Transliteral Structure

an essay on Jean Luc Godard's Breathless

Winter 2010

10:30-11:30, 2:15-4:15
11:15- 12:15
All other times by appointment

Media Production Fall 2009
Images and Sounds, Fall 2009

Introduction to Music and Sound in Film

Additional Sound Notes
The Decisive Moment and Henri-Cartier Bresson 

Mimesis, Diegesis, Connotation, Denotation and Narrativity in Photography and Painting
Postmodern Essay Assignment
Final Exam: Bonnie and Clyde

Video Workshop
, Fall 2009
Video Production Assignment #1

In Camera Edit Assignment #2

Development of a Narrative Video Project
: Outline-in-Progress
The Cinematic Sequence
: The 8 Sequence Structure Outline

Video Workshop Final Production Assignment

Video Workshop,  Self-Assessment, Winter 2009

Multimedia Production, Winter 2009

Graphic Narrative: Characteristics

Film and Social Issues
, Fall 2008
Propaganda Techniques Summary

(Version6, .pdf  format)
iMovie 8 Apple tutorial link                

A comprehensive list of the things you need to know about  surviving and thriving in your computer labs.


FaceBook Profile and Information
CinCom: Film & Social Issues, Fall 2008
Images and Sounds: Media Research Collective, Fall 2008
Image and Sound: Reality and Instrumentality, Fall 2008
Images and Sounds, Fall 2007



Jean-Luc Godard took French and international cinema by surprise in the 1960's, yet  today may easily be relegated to the status of a quaint intellectual from a bygone era. Godard's relentless pursuit of the social and political implications of cinema aesthetics,  still poses major challenges to both criticism and cinematic practice.
The exigencies of 1960's theatrical film distribution constituted a series of paradoxically liberating strictures; for a film to make a profit at all, it had to appear in a theater; thus distributors were forced to seek the widest possible theatrical release pattern for even the most marginal of films, and it is this way that Godard achieved and consolidated his initial  reputation in the late 1950's and early 1960's.
The following essay  previously appeared on  the internet in 2000 as a text only document. About the same time that it became possible to develop a working online hypertext model, due to software advances, that could incorporate many of the formatting techniques available to printed material. The  design is inspired by a 1950's film journal
look and feel.  The images were likewise sampled, from the film itself and the captions were authored by the designer. The project remains a work in progress, lacking the necessary time, volunteers and the appropriate software to stream video buttoned to the film images.