Courses / Undergraduate

Fall 2021

  • Documentary and Nonfiction Film Production

    184 001 | CCN: 32711

    Jeffrey A. Skoller

    Location: Dwinelle 135

    Date and Time: M, W 1:00pm - 4:00pm

    4 Units

    This workshop class focuses on practices and techniques of non-fiction digital filmmaking. Course work consists of a series of short image and sound exercises and then a final film project of your own design. The class examines important techniques of non-fiction film, such as research and writing for non-fiction, the observational camera, filming in public, the interview, voiceover, working with archival film and other documents as well as editing techniques. At the same time, we explore the different modes of the Documentary genre including observational, ethnographic, biographic/historical, agit/prop and activist forms, and as well, more expanded approaches such as essay, poetic, autobiography, archival forms. Through our projects, we will address some of the thorny theoretical and ethical issues that arise in non-fiction production such as point of view, the position of the filmmaker in relation to her subject, the politics of representation, real or imagined lines between fact and fiction, and the limits of representation.

    The twice weekly class will be structured around seminar-style discussion/critique, hands-on technical workshops, film/video screenings, as well as presentations by occasional visiting artists and speakers. This is a workshop-based class, using your own projects as critical tools. Required work will consist of a series of creative exercises, and a final project developed and made with a class partner. Works produced by the class will be the major focus of discussion and analysis.

    There will be a $60.00 lab fee to use equipment and editing labs. Permission of instructor required.

    PLEASE NOTE: This course is pending a number change to Film 188 in order to rationalize the production course numbering track. The course will remain the same, only the course number is changing, and will be Film 188 come time of enrollment.

    *While it is not necessary to enroll to the waitlist of this course to apply for admittance, you are still welcome to for your own scheduling or financial aid purposes.