The art of the interview is an essential ingredient for narrative storytelling both historically and within the contemporary media landscape. What are the techniques and instincts that enable us to make the empathic leap into someone else's experience? Taking an inter-disciplinary approach, we will read and analyze interviews from the origin of the genre, ground-breaking written profiles based on interviews (Lillian Ross on Ernest Hemingway), and interviews with filmmakers, some of which will be drawn directly from the Wesleyan Cinema Archives. We will also screen a number of BBC documentary film profiles based on interviews with figures such as Orson Welles and David Bowie. Along with secondary critical readings, and the screening of examples from the instructor's own documentary film practice, there will be a strong emphasis on traditional writing skills. Students will be required to write short critical essays and one in-depth biographical profile. Students will also conduct interviews both written and filmed. Knowledge of film editing software is helpful but not essential.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Special Attributes: FYS|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
|Examinations and Assignments: |
One final short filmed interview--a maximum of two minutes in length to be critiqued in class and one Long-form written biographical profile (based on interviews) will make up the two major assignments that together will constitute 50% of the grade. The remainder of the grade will be based on shorter essays (25%) and class participation (25%).
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This is a writing intensive course.
THIS SECTION IS A FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR (FYS) CLASS.
|Instructor(s): Levy,Adam Harrison Times: .M..... 01:10PM-04:30PM; Location: CFS124; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: X||JR major: X|| || |
|Seats Available: 2||GRAD: X||SR non-major: X||JR non-major: X||SO: X||FR: 15|
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