Courses / Undergraduate

Fall 2024

  • Documentary and Non-fiction Media Production

    188 001 | CCN: 25253

    Tijana Petrović

    Location: Dwinelle 135

    Date and Time: M 9:00am - 11:59am

    4 Units

    This course will introduce each student to the fundamentals of documentary filmmaking. Over the course of the semester students will complete several short exercises and will direct, shoot, and edit one final film in collaboration with a class partner. Students will acquire hands-on experience in cinematography, sound recording, and editing. Students will also perform various crew roles for other students as assigned. Critiques of creative work will emphasize the conceptual, aesthetic, and technical aspects of film production. The class will explore a variety of documentary techniques, such as the observational camera, the interview, voiceover use, working with archival materials and elements of the essay. We will address some of the major questions of the documentary form today, such as issues of representation, subjectivity and point of view, and hybrid merging of fact and fiction. The class will place particular attention on how these issues are expressed and dealt with through formal approaches.

    Interested students should fill out an application form at:

    by Friday July 19. Students considered for enrollment may be contacted by the instructor for a short zoom interview. Applicants will be notified of enrollment by Friday August 2.

    Note — there is no need to place yourself on the waitlist for this course. Instead, due to the limited space in the class, enroll in a back up course. Thank you!