Foundations of Documentary Practice

Schools of Public Engagement: Media Studies

Non-Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Majors Only

Fnds Documentary Practice

Fall 2020

Taught By: Amir Husak

Section: A

CRN: 1449

Credits: 3

Students work toward understanding the fundamental aesthetic tools of documentary filmmaking: camera, sound, structure, and interviewing in the context of individual filmic style. Beginning with a series of exercises that lead to a project pitch, students sharpen nonfiction directing and producing skills and gain exposure to the different types of documentary. The course has two components, lecture and idea/production lab, in which student work serves as the basis for tackling aesthetic, narrative and practical issues in documentary. Given the present circumstances, the course also addresses concerns regarding reduced mobility and working with found footage. The semester is divided between idea development, preproduction and conceptual exercises on individual documentary projects. We also view segments of films and videos that represent major trends in documentary history and conduct regular outside reading, thus creating an active seminar for the appreciation of the aesthetic, ethical and practical concerns inherent in a given directorial choice. Guest film professionals provide supplementary instruction and mentorship.

This is a required course for Documentary Studies Certificate students, but it is also open to graduate / Media Studies MA students. Undergraduate Juniors and Seniors and non-majors may also be eligible to enroll and should email the instructor for permission.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Media Studies (NMDS)

Campus: Online (DL)

Sync Type: N/A

Course Format: Studio (S)

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: September 14, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 22, 2020 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 10:48am 9/26/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 4:00pm - 6:40pm

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 9/1/2020 - 12/8/2020