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The Art of the Interview
FILM 104
Fall 2014
Section: 01  

The art of the interview is an essential ingredient for narrative storytelling both historically and within the contemporary media landscape. What are the techniques and instincts that enable us to make the empathic leap into someone else's experience? Taking an interdisciplinary approach, we will read and analyze interviews from the origin of the genre, ground-breaking written profiles based on interviews (Lillian Ross on Ernest Hemingway), and interviews with filmmakers, some of which will be drawn directly from the Wesleyan Cinema Archives. We will also screen a number of BBC documentary film profiles based on interviews with figures such as Orson Welles and David Bowie. Along with secondary critical readings and screening of examples from the instructor's own documentary film practice, there will be a strong emphasis on traditional writing skills. Students will be required to write short critical essays and one in-depth biographical profile. Students will also conduct interviews both written and filmed. Knowledge of film-editing software is helpful but not essential.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA FILM
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%

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