Documentary Filmmaking: An Introduction to Project Learning|
Spring 2019 not offered
This course is an immersive, hands-on introduction to the documentary film process, in which students will examine the world around them to create compelling stories where real people are the protagonists and the narratives are informed by real life. Through close study and analysis of feature-length and short documentaries, and active research, writing, producing, directing, shooting, sound recording, editing and re-editing, students will rigorously explore the power and possibilities of nonfiction storytelling. The course is a dynamic combination of individual and group production work, in which students will be expected to produce their own exercises, as well as collaborate with their classmates on a short documentary video. Individual and group exercises will focus on the idea of portraiture and how to make effective visual and aural portraits of a place or person, with a particular emphasis on the stories of first generation Americans. This course is designed to introduce fundamental production concepts and techniques through lectures, projects, and lab experiences. Film production experience is not required, and experience with film-editing software is helpful but not required. Production lessons include discussions of how to build partnerships with documentary subjects, conduct interviews, shoot observational video footage, record sound, and edit digital video. Students will present works in progress in all phases of the creative process and participate in constructive critical discussions.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Readings will be provided by the professor and include work by Michael Rabinger, Sheila Curran Bernard, Bill Nichols, and Errol Morris.
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Pre-Production portfolio, production exercises, rough cut, final cut