Directing the Documentary|
Students embark on an intensive journey into the world of short-form 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. Students screen and analyze documentary shorts throughout the semester. During the first half of the semester students complete exercises designed to help them to improve their technical skills while completing research and development (proposal and pitch deck) for a five-to-seven-minute documentary. In the second half of the course, students direct, shoot, and edit their work. Ongoing feedback during the entire semester is provided. The course includes self-directed online training assignments and in-class workshops. Students enrolled in this course should anticipate heavy and unevenly distributed time demands.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (FILM-MN)(FILM)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Directing the Documentary, Seventh Edition by Michael Rabiger and Courtney Hermann (Part II Advanced)
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Introductory quiz; weekly readings and regular production/post film analysis exercises; and final project assignments - including pitch deck, proposal (mid-term) and final five-to-seven minute final documentary short.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Students will need a large hard drive for high-definition video projects and should contact instructor before securing this hardware. If students intend to use their own computers for coursework, they should have at least 16GB of RAM on their computer and should check with other Adobe requirements for running Premiere Pro on their systems.
|Instructor(s): MacLowry,Randall M. Times: ..T.R.. 01:20PM-04:10PM; Location: TBA|
|Total Enrollment Limit: 10||SR major: 2||JR major: 4|| || |
|Seats Available: 10||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 2||JR non-major: 2||SO: X||FR: X|
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