Directing Documentary

Schools of Public Engagement: Media Studies

Non-Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Directing Documentary

Spring 2021

Taught By: Jem Cohen

Section: A

CRN: 9020

Credits: 3

How documentaries are directed is one of the best-kept secrets in film and video--or so it seems to those outside the world of media production. For novice documentarians, it is the question most often asked and the one most rigorously pursued as the real work of documentary gets underway. This advanced production course aims to address the mystery by offering students a directing discipline as they each create their own single, original work in documentary—be it feature, news, cinema verite, essay, subjective, visionary-- in conjunction with studies in the history of documentary film scholarship. At the end of the first century of the moving image, many of our best directors are looking back to the origins of film and video as they move forward. Documentary, especially, is experiencing a resurgence as makers rediscover, for example, the power of the Lumiere brothers single-image film or the excitement of cinema verite unadorned by narration or laborious exposition. Historical problems in documentary will be discussed hand-in-hand with production technique; for instance, truthful observation alongside pictorial editing and individual shot composition. By semester's end each student will have acquired an historically informed answer to the question of contemporary documentary practice.

Pre-Requisite: Media Practices: Digital Production (NMDS 5428) or instructor permission.
Media Studies courses are open to all graduate students. Undergraduate Juniors and Seniors with permission from the instructor and BA/MA Media studies students should email mediastudiesadvising@newschool.edu for access.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Media Studies (NMDS)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 8, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 13, 2021 (Tuesday)

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: 6:15am 2/25/2021 EST

Meeting Info::

Days: Wednesday

Times: 7:00pm - 9:40pm

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 1/20/2021 - 5/5/2021