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 for a five-to-seven minute documentary each student will direct, shoot and edit. Ongoing feedback during the entire semester is provided. Students enrolled in this course should anticipate heavy and unevenly distributed time demands.
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|Course Format: Studio||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Prerequisites: FILM304 AND FILM307
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (FILM-MN)(FILM)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Michael Rabiger, Directing the Documentary, Seventh Edition
Additional essays, articles, book chapters
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Production and analysis exercises, Pre-Production Proposal, work-in-progress cuts (assembly cut, rough cut, fine cut and final)
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
POI approval will be granted by the instructor during pre-registration through the Electronic Portfolio.
To apply, please submit a 500-limit statement addressing the following questions:
1. Why do you want to take this documentary PRODUCTION course?
2. In which class ¿ and semester within that class ¿ will you be in Spring 2021?
3. How does this course fit with your academic goals at Wesleyan?
4. Which, if any, documentary courses have you taken at Wesleyan.
***Please submit a PDF with the file name:
"Last Name_FirstName_Course Number" (e.g. Lastname_FirstName_FILM###.docx)
to firstname.lastname@example.org by *Monday Nov. 9 at midnight.*
You will be notified electronically of the status of your application by Friday Nov. 13.
|Instructor(s): Strain,Tracy Heather Times: ..T.R.. 01:20PM-04:10PM; Location: CFS128; |
|Permission of Instructor Required|
Enrollment capacity: 6
|Permission of instructor approval will be granted by the instructor during pre-registration through the Electronic Portfolio. Click "Add to My Courses" and "To request a POI electronically, click here" to submit your request.|
|Drop/Add Enrollment Requests|
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