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Documentary Storytelling
FILM 384
Spring 2023
Section: 01  

This course explores the range approaches, methods and techniques employed by a diverse set of documentary filmmakers to tell their stories. After an introduction to elements of creative nonfiction storytelling, we will spend the semester looking at films organized by topical lens. Through close reading of documentary texts, filmmaker statements and academic writing, we will examine how past and current documentaries successfully - and sometimes unsuccessfully - have tackled a wide variety of subject areas including poverty, gender, ethnography, conflict/war, class, nature and science, sexuality, current affairs, ethnicity, arts, culture and history. During the semester, students also will develop an original documentary film idea based on a book or long magazine article and demonstrate their storytelling knowledge through final verbal pitches and a pitch deck. Industry guests visit to share their insight into documentary storytelling and provide students with additional pitch feedback.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA FILM
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: FILM307
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (FILM-MN)(FILM)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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