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: |
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (FILM-MN)(FILM)(HRAD-MN)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Patricia Aufderheide , Documentary: A Very Short Introduction
Bill Nichols, Introduction to Documentary, Third Edition
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Weekly readings, screenings and reflections.
Three 6-8 papers
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course could be considered a writing intensive course because the three papers total 18-24 pages which make up the large majority of the course grade. There are additional, periodic writing assignments based on screenings and related readings.
|Instructor(s): Strain,Tracy Heather Times: .M.W... 08:50AM-12:10PM; Location: CFS112; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 19||SR major: 2||JR major: 5|| || |
|Seats Available: -1||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 2||JR non-major: 2||SO: 8||FR: X|
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