Spring 2021 not offered
This course introduces students to the history, theory and aesthetics of documentary films. We will explore nonfiction filmmaking from the origins of cinema to the present day. We will trace the emergence and development of documentary conventions, approaches and genres adopted by filmmakers to bring "real" stories of cultural, social, political, historical and economic subjects to audiences. We will examine the theoretical work that has defined and re-defined the documentary and address complex questions of the form including representation, access and ethics. We also will consider the role of technology in documentary storytelling and how structural and stylistic choices represent reality and shape viewer response.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (FILM-MN)(FILM)(HRAD-MN)
Erik Barnouw, DOCUMENTARY: A HISTORY OF THE NON-FICTION FILM
Bill Nichols, INTRODUCTION TO DOCUMENTARY (Second Edition)
Selected readings by John Grierson, Dziga Vertov, Thomas Waugh, Jeffrey Rouff, Brian Winston, Richard Barsam, Joan Nicks, and others.
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Weekly reflection journal; three 6-8 page papers
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This course is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors and may be taken by non-Film Majors as a general education course, by Majors as a Film history/theory elective, and by Film Minors as part of their course of studies. FILM307 required.
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