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: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (FILM-MN)(FILM)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Patricia Aufderheide , Documentary: A Very Short History
Bill Nichols, Introduction to Documentary, Third Edition
Additional Essays, Articles, Book Chapters
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Weekly reading responses, three 6-8 page papers.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course is open to Film Majors and Minors.
|Instructor(s): Strain,Tracy Heather Times: .M.W... 01:20PM-04:10PM; Location: ONLINE; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 19||SR major: 5||JR major: 5|| || |
|Seats Available: 4||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 5||JR non-major: 4||SO: X||FR: X|
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