Producing Short-Form Documentaries

Schools of Public Engagement: International Affairs

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Producing Short Form Docs

Spring 2022

Taught By: Marissa Aroy

Section: A

CRN: 10719

Credits: 3

The digital technology for filming videos is rapidly changing and often the most immediate recording device on hand is a smart phone. This online course is a departure from the typical hands-on production studio course, but will equally provide students with the foundational production and conceptual skills to craft a compelling short video documentary targeted for web and social media distribution. With reading and viewing assignments, students will explore different styles and storytelling methods, discuss the ethics of creating a documentary, and will write a treatment for a short doc which focuses on a real life subject, situation or issue. They will learn production techniques by harnessing the capabilities of their own technologies on hand, e.g. a smart phone, to get high quality video and audio. They will also learn basic editing on Adobe Premiere Pro and will edit their short doc project. Based on a social media and web distribution plan they’ve created, they will then upload the video online. The goal of the course is for each student to develop, pitch, film, edit and disseminate a short 3-minute non-fiction video. Students must have a smartphone with video and audio recording capability, or use of a video camera or DSLR they own (can also use The New School Equipment Center to reserve equipment). Students must have access to a computer that has Adobe Premiere Pro (can use The New School computer labs for access to this software). Optional: Bluetooth microphone for a smart phone, additional lenses for a smart phone.

This course is part of the Media & Culture concentration in the Julien J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: International Affairs (NINT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: February 6, 2022 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 17, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* 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: 2:08pm 10/26/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 8:00pm - 9:50pm

Building: Online Course

Room: 999

Date Range: 1/25/2022 - 5/10/2022