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Documentary Production
FILM 430
Spring 2020
Section: 01  

Students are invited to take an intensive journey into the world of documentary filmmaking through a hands-on course designed to help foster the emergence of their cinematic voices. The methods that many documentary filmmakers use to develop and craft their work serve as a model for the coursework. In a supportive environment, students engage in progressive learning to allow each to tackle many of the same key creative, practical, financial, and ethical decisions working researchers, directors, producers, writers, camera operators, sound recordists, and editors make during research and development, pre-production, production, and post. By screening and analyzing a wide range of documentaries, students gain exposure to an array of storytelling styles and concerns in presenting "reality" on the screen. During the first half of the semester students will complete individual exercises designed to develop basic skills while simultaneously working to develop a compelling documentary proposal. Four documentary proposals will be selected for completion, which will be produced in student teams of three during the second half of the semester. Ongoing feedback during the entire semester is provided. Students enrolled in this course should anticipate heavy and unevenly distributed time demands.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: None
Course Format: StudioGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: FILM304 AND FILM307
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (FILM-MN)(FILM)
Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%

Last Updated on OCT-02-2023
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