Introduction to Collaborative Documentary Filmmaking|
|Course Cluster and Certificates: Service Learning|
In this immersive, time-intensive, hands-on introduction to the documentary film process, students will create compelling stories where real people are the protagonists and narratives are informed by real life. Through close study and analysis of feature-length and short documentaries, plus active research, writing, producing, directing, shooting, sound recording, editing, and re-editing, students work in three-person crews to rigorously explore the power and possibilities of nonfiction storytelling and record, engage with and understand our present moment. Each fall the course has a theme around which film screenings and student projects are organized; for 2021 the theme is sustainability and environmental justice. Students should expect to spend up to 10 hours of work per week outside of class time shooting, editing and working collaboratively with their classmates, including multiple weekends. Film production experience is not required, and experience with Adobe Premiere software is helpful but not required. Lessons include how to craft a compelling non-fiction narrative based on interviews and research, how to build partnerships with the protagonists of the stories you want to tell, how to shoot on-camera interviews and observational footage, how to record and edit sound, and how to edit using Adobe Premiere. Students will present works in progress in all phases of the creative process and actively participate in constructive critical discussions of one another's work.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (HRAD-MN)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Course handouts and readings will be provided by the instructor via course Moodle
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Weekly shooting and editing assignments; In-class reviews and critiques of edited exercises and final video project.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course is intended for First Year Students and admission is by interview only. Unfortunately, space requirements make it difficult to accommodate everyone who would like to enroll. Interviews will be held Friday Sep. 3, 2021 10:00AM - 5PM via Zoom. Appointments are first come, first served. This 15-minute Zoom meeting is a chance for us to meet and for me to hear a little bit about why you'd like to study documentary filmmaking this semester. To make an appointment, please reserve a 15-minute appointment at calendly.com/sqshepard/film104interviews Zoom link information will be emailed to confirmed interviewees.
Important: This course is offered Permission of Instructor but you will not be able to submit a POI Request through WesPortal until the Drop/Add period begins on the first day of classes, Monday Sep. 6. To apply for the class, please schedule an interview via the Calendly link above. Interviewed students will be notified of admission results by Sunday Sep. 5. To enroll in the course admitted students MUST attend the first class meeting on Monday Sep. 6 and submit a POI request during Drop/Add.
|Instructor(s): Shepard,Sadia Quraeshi Times: .M..... 01:20PM-04:10PM; ...W... 01:20PM-04:10PM; Location: CFS128; CFS112; |
|Permission of Instructor Required|
Enrollment capacity: 12
|Permission of instructor approval will be granted by the instructor during pre-registration through the Electronic Portfolio. Click "Add to My Courses" and "To request a POI electronically, click here" to submit your request.|
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