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.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (FILM-MN)(FILM)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Documentary Storytelling: Creative Nonfiction on Screen, FIFTH EDITION
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Readings, screenings, analysis exercises and presentations.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
It is recommended, but not required that students take FILM385 - Documentary History prior to enrolling in this class.
|Instructor(s): Strain,Tracy Heather Times: .M.W... 08:50AM-12:10PM; Location: CFS112; |
|Permission of Instructor Required|
Enrollment capacity: 20
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